The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in Adelaide





The 2019 JLPT in Adelaide will be held on Sunday 1 December.

Applications for the 2019 JLPT in Adelaide open Thursday 1 August and close Thursday 5 September at 5pm AEST.

Registration for the 2019 JLPT is currently OPEN. 


What is the JLPT?

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test evaluates and certifies the proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers. The test is divided into 5 difficulty levels. Each test contains three components:

  • Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)
  • Reading
  • Listening

All questions are multiple choice. There is no essay writing section. There is no oral component of the test.

Click here for a detailed explanation of the test on the JLPT website.


About the JLPT

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (formerly Association of International Education, Japan) since 1984 as a reliable means of evaluating and certifying the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. At the beginning, there were approximately 7,000 examinees worldwide. In 2018, there were over 1 million examinees around the globe, making JLPT the largest-scale Japanese-language test in the world.

Over time, test applicants have become more diverse, and use of JLPT results has expanded from skill measurement to include employment screening and evaluation for promotions and pay raises as well as use as a form of qualification. Many outstanding suggestions for improvement were also submitted by a wide variety of individuals around the world.

To ensure the continuing relevancy and accuracy of the JLPT, the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services introduced a revised version of the test in 2010. This new test takes full advantage of the most advanced research in Japanese pedagogy and testing theory, and reflects the vast wealth of data accumulated since the original JLPT was launched in 1984.

The JLPT will be held worldwide to evaluate and certify proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers.

The Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services have jointly conducted the test. Outside Japan, the Japan Foundation administers the test in cooperation with local institutions. (In Taiwan, the Japan Foundation and Interchange Association jointly administer the test.) Inside Japan, Japan Educational Exchanges and Services administers the test.


If I pass the JLPT, what will I be able to do?

Read the "JLPT Can-do Self-Evaluation List" prepared by the Japan Foundation based on student surveys to find out what you will be able to do in Japanese (in practical terms) after you pass each level:


What are some other advantages of having JLPT certification?

JLPT certificates offer various advantages, ranging from recognition as academic credit and graduation certification at schools to preferential treatment at companies and acknowledgement of qualification in society.

Advantages in Japan

  1. Earn points for preferential treatment for immigration to Japan: Those who pass JLPT N1 receive 10 points under the government's "Point-based Preferential Immigration Treatment System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals." Individuals with a total of 70 points or higher receive preferential treatment at immigration. For more details, please refer to the website of Public Relations Office, Government of Japan.

  2. One of requirements to take Japan's national exams for medical practitioners: A JLPT N1 certificate is required for medical practitioners licensed overseas who want to take Japan's national exams for medical practitioners, and other professions.* For more details on application requirements for national exams for medical practitioners, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (Japanese). *Other national exams that require a JLPT N1 certificate as part of application: Dentist, nurse, pharmacist, public health nurse, midwife, radiology technologist, dental hygienist, dental technician, clinical laboratory technician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, orthoptist, clinical engineer, prosthetist, emergency medical technician, speech therapist, veterinarian

  3. One of requirements to take Japan's prefectural exams for assistant nurses A JLPT N1 certificate is required for overseas nursing school graduates who want to take Japan's assistant nurse exams. Exams for assistant nurses are administered by each prefecture. For more details, please contact the prefecture of interest.

  4. A test subject is waived on accreditation exam for completion of junior high school level education in Japan: The Japanese-language test is waived for examinees of foreign citizenship who pass JLPT N1 or N2. For more details, please refer to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology website (Japanese).

  5. One of requirements for Vietnamese nurse/care worker candidates under EPA A JLPT N3 or higher certificate is required for Vietnamese nurse and care worker candidates who visit Japan as part of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Vietnam. For more details, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (Japanese).

    Source: JLPT website,


What level should I take?

We recommend three ways to tell which level you should take.

  1. Try some practice questions on the JLPT website and decide which level will challenge you:
  2. Obtain a JLPT text book and try a practice exam.
  3. Read the level summary on the JLPT website to aid your decision:


Testimonials from former test-takers in Adelaide

The JLPT can help you to achieve your personal and professional goals. Read the testimonials from some Adelaide residents below.

"The JLPT gave focus to my Japanese studies and a benchmark to aspire to over many years. It is the most widely-recognized test by employers of Japanese proficiency. The test gave me strong foundations and confidence to apply my language skills in business situations. I have since used Japanese on a daily basis in my work for over 13 years."
Ben Sparrow - Director, Shinka Management Pty Ltd

"Studying for the JLPT was an excellent way to push my Japanese proficiency to levels that I would not have achieved through general study. The test was an excellent motivator, providing both short-term and long-term goals, as well as regular verification that my Japanese had improved. The test fee is very reasonable and professionally administered, the test content is practical and modern, and after learning various grammar patterns and vocabulary I often found these in common use in newspapers or on the radio in Japan. After passing level 1 of the test, I had the required language skills to gain a Diploma of Interpreting. I plan to work in Japan in the future, and feel confident that I have the required language skills to do so after passing the test."
Greg Corbett - Navitas employee


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