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Japanese Language Proficiency Test

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In the UK the test is administered by SOAS Language Centre, University of London (and separately at the University of Edinburgh) on behalf of the Japan Foundation.

JLPT Levels

In 2010 the old 4-level JLPT changed into a new 5-level JLPT: N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5.
A middle level (N3) has been added to bridge the gap between the former Level 3 and Level 2.
For details of this change see on the official website of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test, administered by the Japan Foundation. That page is in Japanese.

JLPT July 2014 test results

Results are now available online. Please click here for the result. Please note the hard copy will be sent out individually. Attention: for checking the results online you will need the password which is on your exam voucher (the small eight digit one at the left bottom).

Applications for Decemb December 2014 is now open. Please click here for the online application.  

The deadline is on Thursday 2nd October 2014.

If you need special arrangements, please contact us (jlpt@soas.ac.uk) as early as possible in order to gain the special application form.

Fees and Payment for JLPT 2014

The fee for 7th December 2014 exam is £75 for each level.

No refund will be available under any circumstances once your payment has been accepted unless cancellation is made by the Japan Foundation or SOAS. Read the JLPT Test Guide December 2014 (pdf; 5mb) for the terms and conditions of the JLPT exam, new version soon out.

Level change requests are only acceptable before the application deadline and must be made in writing to jlpt@soas.ac.uk.

The JLPT Test Guide

Download the JLPT Test Guide December 2014 (pdf; 5mb)  Please note there is no need to print out the test voucher. These will be sent via email in due course.

What is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test?

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers, sponsored by the Japan Foundation. In the UK the test is administered by SOAS Language Centre, University of London, on behalf of the Japan Foundation.

See our JLPT FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions.

Preparatory Classes

Preparatory classes for the Proficiency Test are normally held at SOAS Language Centre from September to November and from April to June.