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JLPT in Charts

Countries/areas where JLPT is administered
(2015 test figures)

The JLPT can be taken at various locations around the world.

  • Japan: 45 prefectures
  • Overseas: 219 cities in 68 countries/areas
Countries/areas where JLPT is administered(2015 test figures)

Changes in number of examinees (1984-2015)

The number of examinees has been increased along with an increase in the number of Japanese learners※1.

Changes in number of examinees

Changes in registrants and examinees (PDF/300KB)

※1 "Survey of Overseas Japanese-Language Educational Organizations" conducted by the Japan Foundation shows that the number of Japanese learners overseas has increased from 580,000 in 1984 to 3990,000 in 2012.
※2 2009 was the first year the test was conducted twice and also the last year of the old JLPT. Approximately 770,000 examinees took the test that year, the highest number in its history.

Attributes of applicants

JLPT applicants cover a wide age range, from elementary school pupils to working adults.

Attributes of applicants

Reasons for taking the test

The JLPT is taken for various reasons, including admission to advanced education, finding employment and testing one's own abilities.

Reasons for taking the test


  • JLPT in Charts
  • Past Test Data
Test Dates
  • First test: Sunday, July 3, 2016
  • Second test: Sunday, December 4, 2016
*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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