The Japanese Language Proficiency Test in Leiden

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The Japanese Language Proficiency Test

In view of the pandemic, the university has decided to prohibit entry to university buildings for anyone but students and staff of Leiden Univeristy. For this reason, together with the Japan Foundation we have decided to take the highly unusual step of only allowing students and staff of Leiden University to participate in the JLPT this year. In addition, we will be unable to allow more than 60 participants this year, and enrollment will be closed as soon as 60 participants have applied. We regret having to take such strict measures, and kindly ask for your understanding. The situation concerning the pandemic changes daily. Whenever there are changes in our policy regarding the JLPT, we will inform you as soon as possible through this website.

The Japanese Language proficiency Test (JLPT) will be held at Leiden University on 4 July 2021. The JLPT in Leiden is not held in December. 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

Participants can now register through this website until April 2nd 2021. In addition to the necessary personal information, the application also consists of a short survey.

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.

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.

Are there any special testing facilities available, such as test sheets with a bigger font size, or time extension?
Yes, but you will need to provide a attending physician statement in English or Japanese. The deadline for requesting special testing facilities is identical to the regular application deadline: April 2nd, 2021.

Any questions?

Please refer to the Test Guide for more information. Any questions can be forwarded to Kirsten Groot at

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