3. Application Procedure
Q13 Can I apply via the Internet?
Yes. First, please register with MyJLPT. Once you register, it is much simpler to go through your following application procedure. You can register My JLPT via the Internet anytime, anywhere.
*Application by smartphone or tablet is available since 2019 (Note that block registration by group representative is excluded). Application is not available from mobile phones such as feature phones.
Q14 Can I apply by mail?
Yes. We make the JLPT Application Guide available for sale from mid-March for the first JLPT exam scheduled to be held in July, and from mid-August for the second JLPT in December at major bookstores such as Kinokuniya, Maruzen, Junkudo, Asahiya or Sanseido etc. Please fill in the application form, pay the test fee at the counter or the ATM of a Japan Post Bank or a post office, and send the application form to the JLPT Application Center according to a predetermined way.
[Name and Price of the Application Documents]
“The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Application Guide 201●”, Price: 500 yen (incl. tax)
Please try to obtain the Application Guide as early as possible as it may be sold out.
If you cannot find a bookstore to buy one, please refer to the bookstores list on the website of the publisher BONJINSHA or call the BONJINSHA (tel.03-3263-3959) to be referred to the nearest store with the guide in stock.
*Application will be possible only via the Internet since 2020 and application by mail (application form) is scheduled to be abolished.
Q15 As for the application period, what is the difference between application via the Internet and by mail?
Both application periods are the same. Please refer to “Test Guide” at the top page of our website.
Q16 Can I take two different levels of the JLPT at the same time?
No, you cannot take since level N1-N5 tests are carried out at the same time.
Q17 May I apply from outside of Japan?
If you apply via the Internet, you can apply from outside of Japan, however, we accept the registered address located only in Japan.
On the other hand, the Application Guide for those who apply by mail is only sold in Japan and we do not accept any applications sent from abroad. If you live abroad and wish to sit the JLPT in Japan, please ask your family or friends in Japan to help you to make an application on your behalf. They will need your photo sized 4 cm (vertical) X 3 cm (horizontal). Also addresses and telephone numbers on the application forms should be those in Japan. So please discuss well in advance with whoever is assisting you in making the application in Japan.
Q18 I have applied to take the JLPT overseas but since I am relocating to Japan soon, may I sit it in Japan?
Conversely, is it possible to apply in Japan but sit the exam abroad?
No, it is not possible as the test fee varies from country to country due to different organizations being in charge of administering the JLPT in each country. Please make sure to submit an application by the deadline to the organization of the country where you’d like to take the test.
Q19 I would like to cancel my application for the JLPT. Will the test fee be refunded?
We do not refund your test fee once an application is made, even in the event that you do not sit the exam.
Q20 Can you tell me about test area?
Test areas are as follows.
* Please be aware that the test site different from the one you want such as one in a neighbor prefecture might be specified depending on the number of applications or other reasons.
* You may not specify prefectures or test sites within each Test Area. Even in the same Test Area, the test sites may be different depending on the test level or the sites condition.
* Even if you apply from the same address as for the previous test, the test sites may not be the same as the previous test.
Test Area 1. (Hokkaido),
Test Area 2. (Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima)
Test Area 3. (Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa)
Test Area 4. (Niigata, Yamanashi, Nagano)
Test Area 5. (Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui)
Test Area 6. (Gifu, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie)
Test Area 7. (Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama)
Test Area 8. (Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi)
Test Area 9. (Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi)
Test Area 10. (Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima)
Test Area 11. (Okinawa)
* For those applicants who wish to take the test in other than the area where
they live now:
those who select 1., will take the test in Hokkaido Prefecture <Sapporo> ,
those who select 2., will take the test in Miyagi Prefecture
those who select 3., will take the test in Tokyo Metropolitan Area,
those who select 4., will take the test in Niigata Prefecture,
those who select 5., will take the test in Ishikawa Prefecture,
those who select 6.,will take the test in Aichi Prefecture,
those who select 7., will take the test in Osaka ,
those who select 8., will take the test in Okayama Prefecture,
those who select 9., will take the test in Kagawa Prefecture and
those who select 10., will take the test in Fukuoka Prefecture.
Q21 May I change the test level and test area which I applied for after the application procedure is completed?
If you apply via the Internet, you can change the level of the JLPT and test area within the application period. However, if you apply by mail, you cannot change the test level and test area once an application is made at the application center, no matter what reason may be.
Q22 I have sent an application to the JLPT Application Center. How can I confirm that it has arrived?
Unfortunately, it is impossible for us to locate your application within the vast number that we receive before all data being inputted. So please keep retain the receipt slip you were given by the post office when you sent delivery certified mail until the test voucher arrives. This will be an evidence of your application. If you go to Japan Post website and type in your customer number imprinted on the slip, you should be able to confirm when it arrived at the JLPT Application Center.
Q23 Can I directly submit my application form in person at the JLPT Application Center?
Application forms cannot be directly submitted at the JLPT Application Center.
Q24 I’ve made a mistake on the application form. How can I correct the application form?
Please erase the mistake using correction fluid and correct the application form while you still have it in your possession. You cannot correct what you have written on the application form once it has been submitted. By all means, if the application is incomplete, the JLPT Application Center will get in touch with you.
Q25 I couldn’t meet the deadline for the application. If I send an application form now, will it still be accepted?
No, we are unable to accept applications, for whatever reason once the deadline has passed.
Q26 Is it possible to carry forward funds from the payment I made for the first JLPT in July to pay for the second
exam in December?
No, it is not possible. If you fail to submit the application forms within the designated application period after paying the test fee, or the application forms are returned to you because of incorrect paperwork during the first JLPT application period, please apply refunding by the deadline for requesting refunding of test fee described on the application guide.
Test fee will not be refunded for any reason after the deadline for requesting refunding.
Q27 May I use the application form I got for the first JLPT in July to apply for the one in December?
Yes, you can use it if you don’t use it yet for the first JLPT application. However, you cannot use the copied application form.
Q28 After applying for the JLPT, I plan to return to my home country for a period before the test date. What shall
I do if contacted by the JLPT Application Center during this time, regarding errors/omissions from my
If your application form is incomplete and you cannot be reached by the JLPT Application Center, you will not be able to sit the exam. Therefore, we recommend you to make sure all the information on your application form is correct and complete before sending out. Also it may be better to stay within reach of contact by the JLPT Application Center or designate your friend as a contact person if you need to leave Japan.
Q29 Following the result of the first JLPT may I apply to sit the second JLPT?
Yes, you can. The results of the first JLPT will be sent around early September and the deadline for an application for the second JLPT will be at the end of September.
Q30 I have applied for the second JLPT before the results of the first JLPT arrived. As I have successfully passed
it, there is no need for me to take the second JLPT in December. Am I able to receive a refund of test fee?
No, we do not refund test fee for whatever reasons once application is made.