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Composition of Test Sections and Items

2018 JLPT dates and test site cities


  • 1st test  Sunday, July 1
  • 2nd test  Sunday, December 2

Test site cities of the July test

  • Japan: 46 prefectures (as of 2018)
  • Overseas: 135 cities in 40 countries/areas(as of 2018)

Test site cities of the December test

  • Japan: 47 prefectures (scheduled for 2018)
  • Overseas: 226 cities in 76 countries/areas (as of 2017)

Test sections and test times

Level Test sections 〈Test time〉
N1 Language Knowledge(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading 〈110min〉 Listening
N2 Language Knowledge(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading 〈105min〉 Listening
N3 Language Knowledge(Vocabulary)〈30min〉 Language Knowledge(Grammar)・Reading 〈70min〉 Listening
N4 Language Knowledge(Vocabulary) 〈30min〉 Language Knowledge(Grammar)・Reading 〈60min〉 Listening
N5 Language Knowledge(Vocabulary) 〈25min〉 Language Knowledge(Grammar)・Reading 〈50min〉 Listening

*The time allotted for each section may change. The time allotted for the Listening section may differ slightly according to the length of the recorded materials.

Composition of test items

Questions in each test section are categorized into type of test items according to competence to be measured. Each test item type contains multiple questions. Purposes of test item types are determined for each level.

Test section Type of test items N1 N2 N3 N4 N5
Language Knowledge

Vocabulary Kanji reading
Word formation
Contextually-defined expressions
Grammar Sentential grammar 1
(Selecting grammar form)
Sentential grammar 2
(Sentence composition)
Text grammar
Reading Comprehension
(Short passages)
(Mid-size passages)
(Long passages)
Integrated comprehension
Thematic comprehension
(Long passages)
Information retrieval
Listening Task-based comprehension
Comprehension of key points
Comprehension of general outline
Verbal expressions
Quick response
Integrated comprehension
Links to purposes of test item types for each level N1 N2 N3 N4 N5

Test Guide

  • Composition of Test Sections and Items
  • Scoring Sections, Pass or Fail, Score Report
  • Test Results Announcement
Test Dates
  • First test: Sunday, July 1, 2018
  • Second test: Sunday, December 2, 2018
*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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