The Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Leiden

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The Japanese Language Proficiency Test

The Japanese Language proficiency Test (JLPT) will be held at Leiden University on 1 July 2018. The JLPT in Leiden is not held in December. You can apply before 6 April 2018. Before applying, please take a moment to read about the application procedure and practical information below.

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.

Application procedure

You can apply from 26 February until 6 April 2018 using the “Register now!” button above. In addition to providing some necessary personal information, applicants are required to fill out a small questionnaire.

After your application has been received, you will be transferred to PayLogic payment services. The application fee is € 100,— when paid with iDEAL, and € 105,— when paid through credit card or PayPal. The application fees are the same for all test levels.

You will receive your Test Voucher before 1 May. Please make sure to print the voucher, and bring it with you in hard copy on the day of the test. If you haven’t received your Test Voucher by 1 May, please contact Manon van Liempt at Please be informed that the Test Voucher is not to be confused with PayLogic’s confirmation of payment.

Practical information

  • Please do not wear any clothing that features Japanese or Chinese writing. Please take the same into account for any stationary you intend to use.
  • Please use a pencil no harder than HB (preferably B or 2B). Harder pencils may cause legibility problems in the marking of your test.
  • Use of mechanical pencils is discouraged.

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

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.Participants do not have to be affiliated with Leiden University in order to take the test.

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 are encouraged to take a look in the Asian Library collection.

Q: Is the test fee refundable?
A: 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.