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JLPT in Charts

Changes in number of applicants (1984-2023)

Changes in number of examinees

※ 2009 was the first year the test was conducted twice a year and also the last year of the old JLPT. Exceptionally many examinees took the test that year.
※ In 2017, the number of applicants exceeded 1 million, and in 2018, the number of examinees exceeded 1 million in the world.

※ In 2020, due to the spread of the COVID-19, the JLPT in July was canceled all over the world, so it was only held in December.
※ In 2023, when restrictions due to the COVID-19 were eased, a record approximately 1.48 million applications were received, and the number of overseas applicants exceeded 1 million for the first time.

Click here for past test data.

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 7, 2024
  • Second test: Sunday, December 1, 2024
*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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