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What is the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test? (Index)

Message from Organizers

Message from the presidents of the organizers of the JLPT, the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.

Objectives and History

Outline, objectives, organizers and history of the JLPT are introduced.

Advantages of JLPT

JLPT certificates offer various advantages, ranging from recognition as academic credit and graduation certification at schools to preferential treatment at companies and acknowledgement of qualification in society.

Four Key Characteristics

Four characteristics of the JLPT are summarized.

N1-N5: Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level

The Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level is introduced.

Comparison with Old Tests

The JLPT was revised in 2010.The current test from 2010 is compared to the old test through 2009.

JLPT Can-do Self-Evaluation List

The list can be used as a reference to help examinees and others get an idea of "what successful examinees of a particular level can do in Japanese."


What is the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test?

  • Message from Organizers
  • Objectives and History
  • Advantages of JLPT
  • Four Key Characteristics
  • N1-N5: Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level
  • Comparison of with Old Tests
  • JLPT Can-do Self-Evaluation List
Test Dates
  • First test: Sunday, July 6, 2014
  • Second test: Sunday, December 7, 2014
*Outside Japan, the test may be held only in July or December in some cities. Click here for the test schedule in your city.

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