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What is JPT (Japanese Proficiency Test)?

JPT is a test for certification that is targeted to people whose mother tongue is not Japanese to pursue further studies in Japan’s educational institution which has been acknowledge by Japan’s Immigration Services Agency. JPT was held and developed with a goal of measuring communication ability objectively, including business and daily life situation. JPT was developed in 1985, and has been conducted more than 350 times in 35 years. JPT has more than 1Million applicants from South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia (as of September 2021).

Differences from JLPT

JLPT is held by an affiliated organization of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also known as Japan Foundation. It is held twice annually and consists of level N1-N5 a 5 grade evaluation, and candidates need to wait for 2 months until the result announcement.
On the other hand, JPT (Japanese Proficiency Test) is held 12 times a year, and scores will be shown with the units of 5 score, results will be announced after 2 weeks.
The test can be applied whenever, and how many times the candidates want to measure their ability. And since JPT has a maximum score of 990, it can be used to apply for certain occupation that needs a sophisticated Japanese skills. JPT evaluation’s does not determine the pass and failure of test, instead it will accurately measure the ability comparison of the candidates.

JPT and JLPT’s Table of Comparison

JPT JLPT
Evaluation method Non grade evaluation with 990 maximum score N1-N5 a 5 grade evaluation
Test frequency 12 times a year Twice a year
Result announcement In 2 weeks time Around 2 months
Level comparison Score above 660 points N1
Score above 525 points N2
Score above 430 points N3
Score above 375 points N4
Score above 315 points N5

Features of JPT

POINT1

Maximum score of 990 points type test

POINT2

One test for all level

POINT3

Test will be 12 times a year, and 2 weeks for result announcement

POINT4

Acknowledged certification needed to enter Japanese educational institution

POINT5

35 years track record in South Korea

POINT6 POINT6

Total of more than 1Million applicants from many countries in Asia
(as of September 2021)

Question structure and content measurement

JPT’s question structure is the same as TOEIC®, which will be 100 questions for listening, and 100 questions for reading, in total of 200 questions. Since questions will be changed for every time the test is held, JPT uses a high dimensional Item Response Theory to adjust the difficulty level so there will be no difference in the evaluation standard just like TOEIC® and TOEFL®.

Part Number of questions Content measurement Score
Listening
(45 minutes)
Describing pictures 20 questions To measure one’s listening ability and immediate decision-making ability by looking at pictures while listening to the recording, and choose a correct answer from 4 available picture options. Also a part to get used to the recording. 495
points
Question and Answer period 30 questions To measure the ability to quickly respond to a conversation by listening to short conversation recordings, and choose a correct answer.
Dialogue sentence 30 questions To measure the ability to catch the situation, contents’ outline and detail information correctly by listening to the conversation.
Explanation sentence 20 questions A part where candidates will listen to a long narration, and answer 3-4 questions about the content of the narration to measure the ability to understand narration contents.
Reading
(50 minutes)
Finding the correct answer 20 questions To measure one’s basic Japanese knowledge by evaluating Japanese kanji literacy including reading, writing, general grammar and vocabularies. 495
points
Error correction 20 questions Indirectly measure one’s ability to compose a basic sentence by choosing an answer from 4 underlined vocabulary or sentence which is wrongly used.
Fill in the blanks 30 questions To measure one’s ability to compose complete sentences by completing the blanks from certain passages correctly. This part’s goal is the same as the Error correction’s which is to measure one’s basic sentences composition ability.
Reading 30 questions To measure one’s ability to understand the flow of conversations and detail expressions by reading various long passages.
Total 200 questions 990
points

Test Schedule

Test frequency Test date Test site Registration period
The 382th January 21st, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka November 21st, 2023 (Tuesday) –
December 21st, 2023 (Thursday)
The 383th February 25th, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka December 25th, 2023 (Monday) –
January 25th, 2024 (Thursday)
The 384th March 24th, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka January 24th, 2024 (Wednesday) –
February 26th, 2024 (Monday)
The 385th April 21st, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Osaka February 21st, 2024 (Wednesday) –
March 22nd, 2024 (Friday)
The 386th May 19th, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka March 19th, 2024 (Tuesday) –
April 19th, 2024 (Friday)
The 387th June 23rd, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Osaka April 23rd, 2024 (Tuesday) –
May 23rd, 2024 (Thursday)
The 388th July 21st, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Osaka May 21st, 2024 (Tuesday) –
June 21st, 2024 (Friday)
The 389th August 18th, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka June 18th, 2024 (Tuesday) –
July 18th, 2024 (Thursday)
The 390th September 22nd, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Osaka, Okayama July 22nd, 2024 (Monday) –
August 22nd, 2024 (Thursday)
The 391th October 20th, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Aichi, Osaka, Fukuoka August 20th, 2024 (Tuesday) –
September 20th, 2024 (Friday)
The 392th November 17th, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Osaka September 17th, 2024 (Tuesday) –
October 17th, 2024 (Thursday)
The 393th December 22nd, 2024 (Sunday) Tokyo, Osaka October 22nd, 2024 (Tuesday) –
November 22nd, 2024 (Friday)

Test procedure

step1

Download the Software

JPT app is necessary to register for JPT. The app can be used for registration, and to view test results for JPT (Japanese Proficiency Test). Create an account after downloading the app.
step2

Test registration

Select desired date, and place, and upload your picture.
*Picture uploaded will be used in the report. Please select a picture of you wearing suits or clean clothing.
step3

Test fee payment

Credit card payment, and convenience store payment are available.
¥7,700 (tax included).
*Tablet can not be used.
Test day

Please come to the registered test site

*Since test site might be changed due to the number of applicants, notice will be given at most 2 weeks before the test date.

Testimonial

NHU

NHU
(Vietnam,
Japanese language school student)

Since JPT covers all the question from JLPT’s N1-N5 questions, I can confirm my own Japanese ability, which is a great thing. And since I have the score of 695, I can apply to my university of choice which the minimum requirement is 600. I really think it will be great if more vocational school and university that use JPT certification as their application requirement. I feel that Japanese’s plain form is much harder than polite form after I took JPT, and I also feel that I need to improve my Kanji. In the future, I will use all my experiences, and Japanese ability earned to manage my own company after I return to Vietnam one day.
NHUT

NHUT
(Vietnam,
Japanese language school student)

I started learning Japanese from my thoughts of wanting to study IT related things in Japan that I love so much, and my interest towards Japanese culture in the first place. I wanted to apply to a vocational school where I can learn Web Engineering, and I feel really glad after I received tuition fee reduction after I provided my vocational school my 775 JPT score. My vocational school once said that it will be advantageous to students to take JPT since it is held many times. I will put more effort in learning since I felt that my business Japanese skill is not enough and also I want to be a Web Engineer in Japan.
LIM LI SING SARAH LILIAN

LIM LI SING SARAH LILIAN
(Singapore, University student)

My goal is to be able to land myself on a Japanese manufacture company and I want to be able to speak my mind freely using Japanese inside the company. I have compared several Japanese certification tests, and I feel that JPT is more approved in businesses aspect since JPT uses more business Japanese. I really want to be able to speak Japanese in various circumstances, not only in daily life, but including certain special situations too in the future.
KHAOKOM PHATSARAKORN

KHAOKOM PHATSARAKORN
(Thailand, University student)

I started learning Japanese because there are a lot of Japanese company in Thailand, and I want to work for them. I really think JPT is a good certification test since we do not have to worry about passing or failing, and we can measure out ability, and we can still use the score to a certain degree even if it is not high enough. And I can understand which part of my Japanese skill is not enough by making this test a reference to myself. I really want to be able to use honorific form and learn business Japanese in the future.

FAQ

Inquiries about other Japanese certification test like JLPT, EJU
JPT is only managed by General Incorporated Association of Japanese Proficiency Test Implementation Committee. For further questions about JPT, can be viewed in the FAQ. Inquiries about other certification tests can be inquired to the respective organization (JLPT management organization, EJU management organization, etc).
Can JPT be taken by beginner, score below 400 for instance?
JPT can be taken by anyone from 0 knowledge of the language itself to the level close to native speaker since we will be scoring from 10-990 points. Which means people who just started to learn, until people who want to show their sophisticated communication ability can take the test. The thing is, JPT has various questions ranging from the easiest to the hardest with the same ratio amount. Because of that, even if the applicants can not answer all question, they can still measure their own ability.
Can JPT be used to apply for Specific Skilled Worker Visa?
JPT is acknowledge by the Immigration Services Agency to apply to Japanese educational institution. But unfortunately, it still can not be used to apply for Specific Skilled Worker visa. We are working towards it.
What kind of question will be there? Can I look at the sample questions?
You can view the sample questions here. For people who want to view more of the questions, past examination questions collected in JPT official guidebook can be purchased. This is the purchase form.
When can we know the test site?
In the case of JPT taken in Japan, We will send notices around 2 weeks before the test day through the app and E-mail.
How long is the validity period of JPT certification?
Validity period of JPT is 2 years.
In what way can JPT certificate be used in job hunt?
JPT is a test to measure and confirm one’s Japanese communication ability. JPT can be used to hunt job in various corporation depending on the minimum score requirement for each corporation. Please use JPT as a reference to your Japanese skill. Please refer to this page to view JPT score prospective employer.