About the JLPT

JLPT Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The JLPT or the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is one of the most recognized and accepted tests to show your proficiency in the Japanese Language. This test is taken in Japan and around the world once or twice a year (depending where you are) in either June or December. The JLPT test, since 2011, has 5 levels.

The levels are designated N5 to N1, with N1 being the most difficult. Prior to 2011 it was a 4 level system with a large jump between Level 3 and Level 2. The new system has added a level that fits between the old Level 3 and Level 2.

Every level test sits at the same time on the same day so it is impossible to do 2 different tests during one testing period. For this reason it is important to choose the test level you wish to do carefully.

Applying for the JLPT

Please note that you must apply for the JLPT a few months prior to the test date. In Japan, applications for the June test must be made in April. Applications usually open in late March and go through April. Applications for the December test open in late August and go through September.

Once the application period ends you will be unable to apply to sit the test. Prior to 2012, you had to buy an application for from a registered book store and send it in via mail. Now you can apply online!

How to apply online for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Registering for the JLPT online is a 2-step process. It is all done through the JEES-JLPT website.

  1. Registration: If you don't have a login ID and password, you will need to register for this first.
    1. Click the second button in the top right corner of the JEES-JLPT site that says "Acquisition of MyJLPT", or just click here.
    2. Follow the instructions taking note of the instructions for entering your details shown in the left column in the registration area. For example - you name must be in capitals. (That caught me out.)
  2. Sign up and pay: Once you have completed registration, go back the JEES-JLPT main page and click the first button in the top right corner to log in. Again follow instruction to sign up for your JLPT test.

Which JLPT test should I do?

If you want to know which of the JPLT's you should register for, you can take a sample test for each level to establish which test you should take.

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# Dahal Suraj 2016-04-25 13:42
i want to register online
# ALTWiki.net 2016-04-27 04:51
That's not a problem. Follow the link in the article above and do as instructed and you'll be able to register for the JLPT online.
# Lama 2017-01-25 02:57
Can we register through iphone ?
# ALTWiki.net 2017-01-31 04:44
Yes, you can. But the site (I just checked) doesn't have great support for mobile devices and it will look like a desktop version of the website on your iphone.
But with some zooming in, you should be able to navigate and sign up.
# ALTWiki.net 2017-09-18 01:45
Update: the JLPT website no longer seems to allow logins from mobile devices. To sign up, you will need to do it from a computer.
# YIN YIN ZAW 2017-09-09 10:23
The photo upload link is not working. Now I am doing online registration. There is "The Photograph Upload" button to upload photo, but it is not working.
# ALTWiki.net 2017-09-16 07:11
Hey Yin Yin,

The JLPT website is a bit antiquated and in their photo upload section you have to enable Flash. When I did this, I clicked the little Adobe Flash icon in the upload window area, clicked yes when my browser asked if I wanted to allow Flash for this website, then the website promptly had meltdown and showed me an error page.

But, when I went back to the pain page, logged in again, Flash was enabled and the upload button was now visible.
# Lauren 2017-09-17 13:48
Can I upload a photo with my glasses on? I'll didn't read any restrictions against wearing glasses but I want to make sure before I upload the photo.
# ALTWiki.net 2017-09-18 00:12
Hi Lauren,

Basically, you should treat it like a passport photo.

The exact rules for JLPT photos say you can wear glasses but if they're too dark or if the glare obscures seeing your eyes properly, you should take them off.

You can see the JLPT photo guidelines here - https://my.jees-jlpt.jp/common/VCPGCCMN040.php
# Lauren 2017-09-18 01:34
Thanks so much for the advice! I'll upload a passport photo just to be on the safe side.

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