The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) under joint organization of the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (previously Association of International Education, Japan) started in 1984 as a test to measure and certify the Japanese-language proficiency of those whose native language is not Japanese. In the first year the JLPT was conducted in 15 countries, and approximately 7,000 examinees took the test. Since then, the JLPT has become the largest Japanese-language test in the world, with approximately 610,000 examinees in 62 countries and areas worldwide in 2011. This success is entirely due to the support and cooperation of all involved.

Advantages of JLPT:

JLPT certificates offer various advantages, ranging from recognition as academic credit and graduation certification at schools to preferential treatment at companies and acknowledgement of qualification in society.

  • Earn points for preferential treatment for immigration to Japan
  • One of requirements to take Japan’s national exams for medical practitioners
  • One of requirements to take Japan’s prefectural exams for assistant nurses
  • A test subject is waved on accreditation exam for completion of junior high school level education in Japan
  • One of requirements for the nurse/caregiver candidates under the EPA