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Guidelines for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test in 2011 (December)
(in Japan)
The JLPT has been revised since 2010. Please see here for details.
June 13, 2011

1. Objectives

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will be held both in Japan and abroad to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers.

2. Organizers

Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES), and The Japan Foundation

3. Administrative Organizations

JEES administers the test in Japan. Overseas, it is administered by the Japan Foundation together with local host institutions. (In Taiwan, the Japan Foundation and Interchange Association jointly administer the test.)

4. Test Date and Start Time

Test Date: December 4 (Sun), 2011
Test room opens from 12:00 to 12:30
Test starts at 12:30 (Not being present by this time, examinees will not be allowed to take the first test section. In this case, the examinees may take the next test sections, although the answers will not be scored an the examinees will not pass the JLPT in 2011(December).)

5. Levels, Test Sections and Test Hours


Correspondence between past and current test

Test Sections

Test Hours**

Answer Time


Approximately the same level asthe past Level 1 test, but designed to measure slightlymore advanced level.

Language Knowledge(Vocabulary/ Grammar), Reading


110 min



60 min


Approximately the same level as the past Level 2 test.

Language Knowledge(Vocabulary/ Grammar), Reading


105 min



50 min


Positioned at a level bridging the past Level 2 and Level 3 tests.

Language Knowledge (Vocabulary)


30 min

Language Knowledge(Grammar), Reading


70 min



40 min


Approximately the same level as the past Level 3 test.

Language Knowledge (Vocabulary)


30 min

Language Knowledge(Grammar), Reading


60 min



35 min


Approximately the same level as the past Level 4 test.

Language Knowledge (Vocabulary)


25 min

Language Knowledge(Grammar), Reading


50 min



30 min

* For linguistic competence required for each level, please see this site.
** As for the test hours, read carefully the following conditions:

  1. Examinees are not allowed to enter the test room once the test of each section starts.
  2. Test hours include instruction time etc, in addition to the actual answer time.
  3. The time allotted for the Listening section may differ slightly according to the length of the recorded materials.
  4. After the test, examinees must wait for proctors to finish counting the question booklets and the answer sheets for about 20 min.
6. Test Sites (Tentative)

We are planning to administer the Test in 40 prefectures:

Hokkaido, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gumma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Niigata, Toyama, Fukui, Ishikawa, Yamanashi, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki,Kumamoto,Oita, Kagoshima, Okinawa.

7. Application Procedures

(1) Application Guide:
(Application Form included)
Sold at major bookstores throughout Japan from mid-August, 2011 for 500 yen.
(2) Test Fee: 5,500 yen (consumption tax included)
(3) Application Period: From August 26 (Fri.) to September 30 (Fri.), 2011
(should be postmarked on or before September 30)
(4) Test voucher mailed: November 11(Fri.), 2011 (Tentative)

8. Announcement of Test Results


Subjecting those who completed all test sections, pass or fail for each level will be determined based on the overall pass marks and sectional pass marks shown here. A score report will be sent to each examinee and those examinees who successfully pass the test will receive a Certificate of Japanese-Language Proficiency.

Official test results as well as the Certificate of Japanese-Language Proficiency will be sent in the middle of February, 2012.
For detailed information about pass/fail, please see here.
For an examinee who takes the JLPT abroad where the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) does not administer the Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students, JEES will send the examinee's score to a university or a junior college upon request, after the notification of test results.

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