Japanese Language Certification Exams | Motivist Japan


The effect of Corona Pandemic is widely felt even in the Education field. Since April, Japanese Government has restricted entry to Japan to over 100 countries. 90 day visa free for some countries like US and UK as well as those with valid tourist visas have been temporarily suspended  to contain the spread of the virus.

Because of the pandemic even the July JLPT exam has been canceled leaving December the only chance for learners to get their level check and certificate.

For students in Japan, did you know that there are many exams recognized in Japan aside from JLPT? In this article we will discuss the other options for you if you need get that language certificate.

1. Japanese Proficiency Test (JPT) 

This exam is available 12 times in a year and recognized by The Japan Ministry of Justice. The major difference compared to JLPT is that there is only one exam for all levels. The questions will go from easy to hardest. The exam is divided into two types, listening and reading. Based on your exam results, your level will be determined.

The exam is conducted for two hours with no breaks in between. Drinking water while taking the exam is prohibited so make sure you are dehydrated before taking the exam.

If you plan in taking the exam, you need to download the phone app and choose the exam date you prefer. After submitting your application, you need to pay the fee in convenience store. Don't forget to bring your phone as you need to show the bar code to the cashier before paying. JPT exam costs 6,000 yen and if you want to get a copy of your certificate, it will cost you another 1,100 yen.

JPT is not only available in Japan but in some parts of Asia like China, Korea and Thailand.

2. NAT TEST or Senmon Kyouiku 

Next to JLPT, the NAT test is the second famous Japanese certification exam. NAT test is available 6 times a year conducted in 15 other countries in Asia. Application is similar to JLPT. You submit the online application, pay the fee and the exam pass will be mailed to your address. However, you don't need to wait 2 months to know the result. Result will be available in two weeks so if you are in a hurry to get a certificate, it is best to take this exam.

Once you pass the exam, certificate will be mailed to your home address at no additional cost. You can also use NAT Test as a preparation for JLPT exam. NAT Test certificate is honored in Japanese Immigration for visa purposes. 

However due to the impact of Corona virus, number of application is now limited to avoid overcrowding in the test room. 

3. Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT)

The BJT is a test to measure your proficiency in communicating the Japanese language required in business settings. The exam is divided into 3 parts, listening, listening and reading and reading comprehension.

A questionnaire survey of BJT examinees found that people who passed the N1 had higher average scores on the BJT than those who passed the N2—confirming some degree of correlation. However, among those who passed the N1, scores were distributed widely in the range of 300–700 points. This demonstrates a broad distribution in their ability to use Japanese in business settings. This is because despite possessing basic competency, there are differences in practical skills. The BJT is a test that can measure these practical skills.

The test fee is 7,000 yen with testing locations around Japan such as Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Hamamatsu, Oita and Naha. This test is also available outside Japan such as China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Korea and even in France, England, Mexico and America. 

Please note that the exam is computer based. You will be assigned to your computer booth and use the headphones provided. One of the best thing about this exam is since it is done through a computer, you will know the result same day as the exam. No more long stressful waiting time. 

This test is supported by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan Association of Corporate Executives, The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language, Association for the Promotion of Japanese Language Education, JAFSA (Japan Network for International Education) Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, ASEAN-Japan Centre.