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UPDATE | 2022年09月30日

Things to know before taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an examination that measures and certifies the Japanese language proficiency of non-native Japanese, which is jointly conducted by the Japan International Education Support Association (JEES) and the Japan Foundation.

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The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is used for Japanese Entrance Examination at schools, mainly Professional Training College , and for verifying the Japanese proficiency before the date of arrival. In addition, it is a trial that is often used as a guide to how much Japanese ability is available when career consultation, employment, qualification acquisition, etc. are taken.





■ Japanese Language Proficiency Test JLPT



Evaluation criteria

There are five levels in the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). N1 is the most difficult, N5 is the easiest level.



I can understand Japanese used in a wide range of situations


In addition to understanding Japanese used in daily scenes, we can understand Japanese to a certain extent in a wider range of scenes


Can understand Japanese to be used in daily scene to a certain extent


I can understand basic Japanese


Can understand basic Japanese to some extent


● Question contents

All answers are done by mark sheet method. Since the content of the exam is different at all levels from N1 to N5, please carefully decide which level you will take the examination with reference to the exercises of the official website and the opinions of the teachers who are going now.

level Test subject
N1 Language knowledge (letters / vocabulary / grammar) / reading comprehension (110 minutes) Comprehension
N2 Language knowledge (letters / vocabulary / grammar) / reading comprehension (105 minutes) Comprehension
(50 minutes)
N3 Language knowledge (letters / vocabulary) (30 minutes) / linguistic knowledge (grammar) / reading comprehension (70 minutes)Comprehension
(40 minutes)
N4 Language knowledge (letters/vocabulary) (25 minutes)/Language knowledge (grammar)/Reading (55 minutes) Comprehension
(35 minutes)
N5 Language knowledge (letters/vocabulary) (20 minutes)/Language knowledge (grammar)/Reading (40 minutes) Comprehension
(Half an hour)


In the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), pass / fail judgment is made with two points, a total score and a reference point for each examination subject.

There are acceptance points and reference points for each level from N 1 to N 5. In order to pass each level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), it is necessary that the total score is over the passing score and that language knowledge / · It is necessary for both the score of each subject of listening to be over the reference point.

Regardless of how high the overall score is, if there is even one subject not exceeding the reference point, it will be rejected. Let's take a firm countermeasure so that one of linguistic knowledge, reading comprehension and listening comprehension does not become a weak field.

● Implementation timing

It is conducted twice every year, and the first round will be held in July and the second will be held in December.

  Part 1Part 2
A question Late March - late April Late August to late September
Receipt of an admission ticket JuneNovember
test day JulyDecember
Acceptance notice receipt SeptemberJanuary February


* Application for taking an exam is by registering / applying "MyJLPT" from the website of the Japan International Education Association Association and paying the exam fee and filling in the necessary information on the examination information (application form) obtained at the bookstore etc · Entry fee Payment, there is a way to mail it to the reception center.

※ If you apply at the website, you can check the admission ticket and the academic notice on the "MyJLPT" screen. If you apply by post, you will be sent an admission ticket to the registered Street address . In the case of mailing the academic report, it costs additional fee.

Each schedule varies depending on the place of implementation and year. Be sure to check the implementation guidelines. It takes about five months to receive grades from the application. Let's carefully check the schedule as to whether you will be in time for your desired school exam.


● Location



47 prefectures

East Asia (Korea, China, Mongolia, Taiwan)

Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos)



North America (Canada, USA)







● Testing fee


Please contact the executing agency of each country / region for exam fees abroad.

● Effective period of grades and usage


For those who took the exam overseas, please contact the Japan Foundation or the implementation period of the examination place.


It takes time to issue and receive transcripts. Consider the deadline for submission to the school and let me apply with a margin to the schedule.

● Addition to advanced personnel point system

Since 2012, we are promoting acceptance by setting foreign researchers who are expected to innovate and develop professionally and technologically in Japan from "advanced foreign talent" in Japan.

Points of various capability items such as research results and qualifications are pointed out, and if it exceeds 70 points in total, it will be certified as an advanced foreign talent and receive preferential treatment for immigration control. The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) also applies to this item, and 15 points are accepted for N1 and 10 points for N2 candidates are added.


In order for a license holder such as a doctor acquired in a country other than Japan to take a national exam such as a doctor in Japan, it is necessary to certify the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1.

Other national exams for which the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) N1 certification is entitled examination are as follows.

Dentist, nurse, pharmacist, public health nurse, midwife, medical radiology technician, dental hygienist, dental technician, clinical laboratory technician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, vision trainer, clinical engineer, prosthetic knee , Emergency care physician, speech hearing aid, veterinarian

For details, please check the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare website.


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is highly likely to become important not only for examining Japanese higher education institutions but also for living in Japan after graduation. Since we do not conduct tests only twice a year, it is important which level of exam is taken.

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