About the JLPT
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.
- Registration: If you don't have a login ID and password, you will need to register for this first.
- Click the second button in the top right corner of the JEES-JLPT site that says "Acquisition of MyJLPT", or just click here.
- 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.)
- 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.