Japanese-Language Proficiency Test: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General JLPT Information

What is the purpose of the JLPT?
Can anyone take the JLPT?
Can I register for any test level?
Can I take more than one level of the JLPT?
I saw a midyear (July) test listed on the Japan Foundation's website. Is this test offered in the United States?

Question About Registration

When does registration open for the JLPT?

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What is the purpose of the JLPT?

The JLPT was developed to measure the proficiency level of non-native learners of Japanese. It is used by some companies and schools (especially schools in Japan) to determine an individual’s Japanese language ability. No credits or scholarships are given to those who pass the test.

Can anyone take the JLPT?

There are no restrictions on who can take the test. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to take the JLPT. Test-takers do need to understand and be able to follow instructions that will be given by a proctor in English.

Can I register for any test level?

You can register for any level you wish. You do not have to have taken or passed lower levels of the JLPT in order to take higher levels of the test.

Can I take more than one level of the JLPT?

The test is offered once a year, on the first Sunday of December, and all levels are given at the same time, typically between 12:00 noon and 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., so it is not possible to take more than one level each year.

I saw a midyear (July) test listed on the Japan Foundation’s website. Is this test offered in the United States?

The July test, which is offered in Japan and some other countries, is NOT offered in the United States. Only the December test is offered in the U.S. The international JLPT official website (http://www.jlpt.jp) has information on which countries do offer the July test.

When does registration open for the JLPT?

For the 2017 test, registration opens August 28 and closes September 29.

If your questions are not answered here, please email jlpt@aatj.org