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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 December 2014 Test Results

Results are now available online. 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).

JLPT Online Application

The online application for the JLPT July 2015 is now closed. The next exam this year is on 6 December. The online application for the next December JLPT will be available in mid August 2015

Fees and Payment

The fee for the JLPT 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 July 2015 (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 July 2015 (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.