Take Japanese-Language Test

The Japan Foundation implements Japanese-language tests that measure and provide certification of the Japanese-language proficiency of non-native Japanese-language learners. The tests are widely taken among Japanese-language learners all over the world.

There are two Japanese-language tests that differ according to the target and objective of the test takers.
Please visit the official test websites for more information.

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Target
Non-native speakers of Japanese
Feature
The JLPT measures comprehensive Japanese-language communicative competence through three elements: "Language Knowledge", "Reading", and "Listening".
Level
The JLPT has five levels, with N5 being for beginners and increasing in difficulty towards N1.
Test Site/Months
  • Japan (47 prefectures) and 260 cities in 86 countries/regions (2019-2020)

    ※In Japan, the JLPT is run by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES)

  • The JLPT is held twice a year, in July and December (There are countries where test is only held once, either in July or December)
Utilization of Test Results
The JLPT is used in the following situations; application for status of residence, employment, salary and promotion, entrance examinations, recognition of various qualifications etc.

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Target
Foreign nationals who are not native speakers of Japanese (Foreign nationals about to reside in Japan mainly for work)
Feature
Measures the level of Japanese language proficiency needed by foreign nationals about to reside in Japan mainly for work, to communicate in everyday life situations. It is conducted through computer-based testing (CBT).
Level
Assesses whether test-takers have the “Japanese-language proficiency to be able to engage in everyday conversation to a certain extent and handle daily life without difficulties” (CEFR A2 level). There is only one level.
Test Site/Months
Japan and several countries in Asia/Basically held every month (There are countries in which it is not held every month).
Utilization of Test Results
Test results are available immediately. It is used as a test to measure the level of Japanese-language proficiency needed to obtain the residency status of “Specified Skilled Worker (i)”.

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