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Taking the Test Overseas

Find country/area where you can take the test, local host institution and test site city

Confirm registration method with local host institution and obtain Test Guide (Application Forms)

  • First test (July): Around March-April
  • Second test (December): Around August-September

Carefully read Test Guide, register according to the instructions of local host institution and pay registration fee

※Application period varies by city. Please make sure to confirm with your local host institution.

Receive test voucher from local host institution

  • First test (July): Early July
  • Second test (December): Early December

Take test

  • First test (July): Around September
  • Second test (December): Around March

Receive test results from local host institution

All examinees in each level will receive a Score Report. Successful examinees will receive a Certificate of Proficiency.

* Above is the general process for overseas. Details may differ by country/area. Please inquire at your local host institution. Outside Japan, the test may be held only in July or December in some cities. Please check the “List of Overseas Test Site Cities and Local Host Institutions” for the test schedule in your city.


Test Registration Process

  • Taking the Test in Japan
  • Taking the Test Overseas
  • List of Overseas Test Site Cities and Local Host Institutions
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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