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Testing and Results Notification

Composition of Test Sections and Items

2020 JLPT dates and test site cities

Dates
1st test: Sunday, July 5
2nd test: Sunday, December 6
※The test in 2020 (July) of JLPT was cancelled at all testing sites, in Japan and overseas.
Test site cities of the July test
Japan: 47 prefectures (scheduled for 2020)
Overseas: 147 cities in 46 countries/areas(as of 2019)
Test site cities of the December test
Japan: 47 prefectures (scheduled for 2020)
Overseas: 238 cities in 75 countries/areas (as of 2019)

Test sections and test times

Level Test sections <Test time>
N1 Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading
<110min>
Listening
<60min>
N2 Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary/Grammar)・Reading
<105min>
Listening
<50min>
N3 Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary)
<30min>
Language Knowledge
(Grammar)・Reading
<70min>
Listening
<40min>
N4 Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary)
<30min>
Language Knowledge
(Grammar)・Reading
<60min>
Listening
<35min>
N5 Language Knowledge
(Vocabulary)
<25min>
Language Knowledge
(Grammar)・Reading
<50min>
Listening
<30min>

* 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・Reading Vocabulary Kanji reading
Orthography
Word formation
Contextually-defined expressions
Paraphrases
Usage
Grammar Sentential grammar 1
(Selecting grammar form)
Sentential grammar 2
(Sentence composition)
Text grammar
Reading Comprehension
(Short passages)
Comprehension
(Mid-size passages)
Comprehension
(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

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