Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

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Registration for the December 2021 JLPT is closed


TEST DATE: Sunday, December 5, 2021





The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is designed to evaluate and certify the language proficiency of learners of the Japanese language. In Canada, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is offered in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) was first held in 1984 by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) in order to measure and certify Japanese language learners. Although only 7,000 people took the test in its first year, the number of examinees rose to more than a million people by 2018. The JLPT is now the largest-scale Japanese language examination in the world. In addition to measuring Japanese language ability for academic purposes, test results are now also used by employers to assess job seekers’ credentials and evaluate employees for promotion and recognition. Students use the test to demonstrate their language ability when applying to educational institutions, study abroad programs, internships, etc. As the number of students of Japanese language  increased, it became apparent that the test must be revised to meet the diverse and changing needs of Japanese language learners. The New JLPT By evaluating past test outcomes and developments in Japanese pedagogy and test theory over the past 25 years, the Japan Foundation and JEES have revised the content of the JLPT and in 2010 the New Japanese Language Proficiency Test was created. The New Japanese Language Proficiency Test is divided into five levels of ability. Level 1 is the most difficult while Level 5 is the easiest. Each test has three sections: characters-vocabulary, listening, and reading-grammar.

Test Sites in Canada

  • Ottawa (Carleton University) 
  • Toronto (York University)
  • Edmonton (University of Alberta)
  • Vancouver (TBD)

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test Self-evaluation Can-do List

The JLPT Self-evaluation Can-do list is based on the self-evaluation results of test takers on what they think they should be able to achieve in Japanese in order to pass each of the JLPT levels. Therefore, the JLPT Self-evaluation Can-do List is not a syllabus for the content of questions that appear on the test, and it does not serve as a guarantee for Japanese proficiency of those who pass the test. This list can be used as a reference for test takers and individuals to build an image of what a person who passes a certain level can achieve using Japanese. For Japanese proficiency measured by the JLPT and question contents, please refer to reference materials such as “Summary of linguistic competence required for each level”, “Example questions”, “New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook, Section II (in Japanese)” and so on. Refer to the link below for more information on the JLPT Self-evaluation Can-do Test (in Japanese). https://www.jlpt.jp/e/about/candolist.html

Links and Resources

For applicants taking the test in the U.S., please contact The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles: http://www.jflalc.org