The Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Leiden

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The Japanese Language Proficiency Test

On Sunday 2 July 2017, Leiden University conducted the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) for the third time. The next opportunity to take the test in Leiden is expected to be July 2018. Leiden does not offer the JLPT in December. More information about the test including how and when to apply will be made available at this website in early 2018.

The JLPT is an officially recognised language test organised by the Japan Foundation to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers. It is conducted at various locations throughout the world. Having passed the JLPT is often a requirement for those who wish to study at a Japanese university or to work at a Japanese company.

How the test is structured

Examinees can choose from a total of five levels, ranging from N1 (most difficult) to N5 (easiest). The test consists of various sections such as grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension. Sample questions are available here:
N1, N2, N3, N4, N5

Practical information

As soon as the registration is open, you can register using the button on the top of the page. If you pay with iDEAL, the application fee will be € 100,–. If you use PayPal, the application fee is € 105,–. The application fee is the same for all levels of the test.

Q & A

Q: For whom is the test intended?
A: Anyone who is a non-native speaker of Japanese can take the JLPT. In addition, native speakers of Japanese can take the test if they have either received primary or secondary education outside Japan, or if they require a JLPT certificate for Japan's national exams.

Q: How are the different levels of the test structured?
A: For each level, the test has a slightly different structure. Below is a brief overview of the test contents and times.

Level Test sections Test time
N1 Vocabulary, grammar & reading 110 minutes


60 minutes
N2 Vocabulary, grammar & reading 105 minutes


50 minutes
N3 Vocabulary 30 minutes
Grammar & reading 70 minutes


40 minutes
N4 Vocabulary 30 minutes
Grammar & reading 60 minutes


35 minutes
N5 Vocabulary 25 minutes
Grammar & reading 50 minutes
Listening 30 minutes

Q: Can I take the test for more than one level simultaneously?
A: No. Examinees can only take one level at a time.

Q: Is there any study material available?
A: Please refer to the JLPTs book information website for a list of study materials for all levels. For Leiden University students, a special Blackboard page has been made available.

Q: Is the test fee refundable?
Return of payment is only possible in highly exceptional cases. See the Test Guide (below) for details.

Any questions?

Please refer to the Test Guide (English, Japanese) for more information. Any questions can be directed to Manon van Liempt at

Anyone who require special facilities is requested to contact the administration using the above e-mail address.