Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is conducted both in Japan and abroad to assess and certify the proficiency levels of learners of the Japanese language. The test, introduced in 1984, is offered under the joint auspices of The Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services.

The NEW Japanese Language Proficiency Test was introduced in 2010.

Japanese Language Proficiency Test 2015

Date: Sunday, 6 December 2015
Location: The University of New South Wales, Kensington Campus
Application periof: Monday 6 July - Friday, 11 September 2015

Examination Timetable

JLPT timetable 2014

Contents of the Test

Contents of the Test

There are FIVE test levels. Level N1 and N2 have TWO test sections. N3, N4 and N5 have THREE test sections. Applicants are advised to visit the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test website in order to choose the level most suitable to their ability in the Japanese language.

Level N1

  • Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) [60 points], Reading [60 points], 110 mins
  • Listening [60 points], 60 mins

Level N2

  • Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar) [60 points], Reading [60 points], 105 mins
  • Listening [60 points], 50 mins

Level N3

  • Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) [60 points], 30 mins
  • Language Knowledge (Grammar), Reading [60 points], 70 mins
  • Listening [60 points], 40 mins

Level N4

  • Language Knowledge (Vocabulary), 30 mins
  • Language Knowledge (Grammar), Reading, 60 mins
  • Listening [60 points], 35 min

Total 120 points for Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) and Language Knowledge (Grammer), Reading.

Level N5 

  • Language Knowledge (Vocabulary), 25 mins
  • Language Knowledge (Grammar), Reading, 50 mins
  • Listening [60 points], 30 mins

Total 120 points for Language Knowledge (Vocabulary) and Language Knowledge (Grammar), Reading.

Please visit the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test website for more information.

How to Apply

An online registration and payment system for the JLPT has been introduced. Please visit the JLPT Australia homepage to register and to make payments for the test.

Special Arrangements

Please notify the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Administration Committee should you require any special arrangements such as wheel chair access.


For further information, please contact:

Nagisa Fukui
Phone: 9385 2414
E-mail: n.fukui@unsw.edu.au