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Scoring Sections, Pass or Fail, Score Report

1. Scoring sections and range of scores for each level

Test results are given according to scoring sections in the table below. N1, N2 and N3 have three scoring sections: Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)," "Reading" and "Listening." N4 and N5 have two scoring sections: "Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading" and "Listening."

Level Scoring sections Range of scores
N1 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) 0~60
Reading 0~60
Listening 0~60
Total score 0~180
N2 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) 0~60
Reading 0~60
Listening 0~60
Total score 0~180
N3 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) 0~60
Reading 0~60
Listening 0~60
Total score 0~180
N4 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・Reading 0~120
Listening 0~60
Total score 0~180
N5 Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) ・Reading 0~120
Listening 0~60
Total score 0~180

2. Correspondence between test sections and scoring sections

Test sections in the test and scoring sections in the test results correspond as given in the table below.

In test   In test results
Level Test sections Scoring sections Range of scores
N1
N2
Language Knowledge(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)
0~60
Reading 0~60
Listening Listening 0~60
N3 Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary)
Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)
0~60
Language Knowledge(Grammar)・Reading Reading 0~60
Listening Listening 0~60
N4
N5
Language Knowledge(Vocabulary) Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading
0~120
Language Knowledge(Grammar)・Reading
Listening Listening 0~60

3. Determination of pass/fail

In order to pass, (1) total score needs to be at or above the point required for passing (overall pass mark) and (2) score in each scoring section needs to be at or above the minimum point required for passing (sectional pass mark). If there is even one scoring section where the score is below the sectional pass mark, examinees are determined to have failed, no matter how high the total score he/she might have.

Scoring sections of N1-N3 and N4-N5 are different. Overall pass marks and sectional pass marks for each level are shown in the table below.

Level Total score Scores by Scoring Sections
Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)
Reading Listening
Range of scores Overall pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks
N1 0~180
points
100 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points
N2 0~180
points
90 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points
N3 0~180
points
95 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points 0~60 points 19 points

Level Total score Scores by Scoring Sections
Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading
Listening
Range of scores Overall pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks Range of scores Sectional pass marks
N4 0~180
points
90 points 0~120 points 38 points 0~60 points 19 points
N5 0~180
points
80 points 0~120 points 38 points 0~60 points 19 points

※The above standards were adopted beginning with July test in 2010 (December test in 2010 with N4 and N5).

Examinees will be judged to have failed if they miss a test section. Although they will receive a Score Report, it will not show scores for any test section, including those that have been taken.

4. Notification of test results

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

5. Understanding Score Reports



※ If an examinee misses a required test section, scoring is not conducted and he/she is judged to have failed. The examinee will receive a Score Report※1 yet it does not show scores for any test section, including those that have been taken. Scores are shown as asterisks (for example **/60) in the score columns.
 ※1 A Score Report will not be issued to those who did not take the test.

"The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in 2013 (December), Understanding JLPT Score Reports and Certificates of Proficiency"(PDF/2.4MB)


Test Guide

  • Composition of Test Sections and Items
  • Scoring Sections, Pass or Fail, Score Report
  • Test Results Announcement
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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