The Japanese Language Proficiency Test
The next Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will be held on July 5th 2020. The JLPT is not conducted in December in Leiden.
The JLPT is an officially recognised language test organised by the Japan Foundation to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers. It is conducted at various locations throughout the world. Having passed the JLPT is often a requirement for those who wish to study at a Japanese university or to work at a Japanese company.
Participants can now register through this website until April 3rd 2020. In addition to the necessary personal information, the application also consists of a short survey.
After your application has been received, you will be transferred to PayLogic payment services. The application fee is € 100,— when paid with iDEAL, and € 105,— when paid through credit card or PayPal. The application fees are the same for all test levels.
- Please do not wear any clothing that features Japanese or Chinese writing. Please take the same into account for any stationary you intend to use.
- Please use a pencil no harder than HB (preferably B or 2B). Harder pencils may cause legibility problems in the marking of your test.
- Use of mechanical pencils is discouraged.
How the test is structured
Examinees can choose from a total of five levels, ranging from N1 (most difficult) to N5 (easiest). The test consists of various sections such as grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension. Sample questions are available here:
N1, N2, N3, N4, N5
Q & A
Q: For whom is the test intended?
A: Anyone who is a non-native speaker of Japanese can take the JLPT. In addition, native speakers of Japanese can take the test if they have either received primary or secondary education outside Japan, or if they require a JLPT certificate for Japan's national exams.Participants do not have to be affiliated with Leiden University in order to take the test.
Q: How are the different levels of the test structured?
A: For each level, the test has a slightly different structure. Below is a brief overview of the test contents and times.
|Level||Test sections||Test time|
|N1||Vocabulary, grammar & reading||110 minutes|
|N2||Vocabulary, grammar & reading||105 minutes|
|Grammar & reading||70 minutes|
|Grammar & reading||60 minutes|
|Grammar & reading||50 minutes|
Q: Can I take the test for more than one level simultaneously?
A: No. Examinees can only take one level at a time.
Q: Is there any study material available?
A: Please refer to the JLPTs book information website for a list of study materials for all levels. For Leiden University students are encouraged to take a look in the Asian Library collection.
Q: Is the test fee refundable?
A: Return of payment is only possible in highly exceptional cases. See the Test Guide (below) for details.
Are there any special testing facilities available, such as test sheets with a bigger font size, or time extension?
Yes, but you will need to provide a attending physician statement in English or Japanese. The deadline for requesting special testing facilities is identical to the regular application deadline: April 3rd, 2020.
Please refer to the Test Guide for more information. Any questions can be forwarded to Kirsten Groot at email@example.com.
Anyone who require special facilities is requested to contact the administration using the above e-mail address.