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JLPT in Charts

Countries/areas where JLPT is administered
(2018 test figures)

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

  • Japan: 47 prefectures
  • Overseas: 249 cities in 85 countries/areas
Countries/areas where JLPT is administered(2018 test figures)

Changes in number of examinees (1984-2018)

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 number of applicants and examinees

※1 "Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad" conducted by the Japan Foundation shows that the number of Japanese learners overseas has increased from 580,000 in 1984 to 3,650,000 in 2015.
※2 2009 was the first year the test was conducted twice and also the last year of the old JLPT. Exceptionally many examinees took the test that year.

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, 2022
  • Second test: Sunday, December 4, 2022
*The test in 2020 (July) of JLPT was cancelled at all testing sites, in Japan and overseas.
*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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