July 2012 JLPT

300,000 in 23 Countries and Regions to Take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test on July 1st

Photo: 300,000 in 23 Countries and Regions to Take the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test on July 1st

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has a 28-year history and is the largest test to measure Japanese-language ability for non-native Japanese speakers. Last year, approximately 610,000 people took the July and December tests in 62 countries and regions.
This year, we welcome Canada and Egypt as new test sites for the July test, which will be held in 23 countries and regions.
Certification of the N1 level has started to be used as a criterion for the points-based preferential immigration treatment for highly skilled foreign professionals implemented by the Ministry of Justice in May of this year.

July 2012 JLPT
1. Test Date:  Sunday, July 1, 2012
2. Test Sites: 103 cities in 22 countries and regions abroad; 39 prefectures in Japan
3. Test Levels:  N1~N5 (5 levels with N1 being the highest)
4. Number of Applicants:
Approximately 295,000 people (60,000 in Japan and 235,000 abroad)

New countries for JLPT July:

Canada and Egypt

New cities for JLPT July:

Da Nang and Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam), Edmonton (Canada), Edinburgh (UK), Hamburg (Germany) and Cairo (Egypt)

Ways to Utilize JLPT Certificates

  • Points granted for preferential treatment in Japan's emigration and immigration management of highly skilled foreign professionals (N1)
  • Japan-Vietnam EPA: Selection criterion for immigration of nurses and care workers (N3)
  • Certified qualification for taking the National Medical Practitioners Qualifying Examination organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (N1)
  • Certified qualification for taking the Practical Nurse Licensing Examination (N1)
  • Preferential treatment at universities, job placement, etc.

The next test will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2012.
Official Website: http://www.jlpt.jp/


Administration Overseas:
The Japan Foundation Center for Japanese-Language Testing
Tel: +81-3-5367-1021 
Administration in Japan: 
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services 

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