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2011.01.31

Overall pass marks and sectional pass marks of the new Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (N4-N5)

Pass/fail is determined by the examinees’ total score and also their total for each scoring section. In other words, the total score needs to be at or above the point required for passing (overall pass mark), and scores of individual scoring sections need to be at or above the minimum point required for passing (sectional pass marks).
Overall pass marks and sectional pass marks for N4 and N5 are shown in the table below.

    Sectional pass marks
Level Overall pass marks Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading Listening
 N4 90 points 38 points 19 points
 N5 80 points 38 points 19 points

Overall pass marks and sectional pass marks for N1 through N3, which had been announced in August 2010, are shown in the table below. 

    Sectional pass marks
Level Overall pass marks Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) Reading Listening
 N1 100 points 19 points 19 points 19 points
 N2 90 points 19 points 19 points 19 points
 N3 95 points 19 points 19 points 19 points

Test Dates
  • First test: Sunday, July 2, 2017
  • Second test: Sunday, December 3, 2017
*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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