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About the JLPT

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers of Japanese.

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

The JLPT is an internationally recognised qualification for non-native speakers of Japanese, sponsored by:

In the UK, the test is administered on behalf of the Japan Foundation by three separate institutions:

New 5-Level Format

A new 5-level JLPT format (N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5) replaced the old 4-level JLPT format (Level 1-4) in 2010. A new mid-level test (N3) has been added to bridge the gap between the old Level 2 and Level 3 tests.

For further information please refer to the JLPT Official Website.

Download the JLPT 2020 information leaflet

JLPT Poster 2020

JLPT in Edinburgh July and December 2021 has been cancelled

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update – 07 January 2021

Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and visitors. Please note that in the interests of wellbeing during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we have made the decision to cancel JLPT in Edinburgh July & December 2021. JLPT is due to run again in July 2022. 

Please familiarise yourself with the current guidelines surrounding  covid-19:

UK Department of Health

UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Special Arrangements

Candidates requiring Special Testing Accommodations (STA) are asked to register for the JLPT NO LATER than Monday 6th April 2020 and to have the documentation attesting their need for special arrangements readily available.

Please contact the Test Centre before the deadline at

Fees and Payment

Fee: £100

You will be directed to make your payment upon completion of the online application form.

No refund will be given under any circumstances once payment has been accepted, unless cancellation is made by the Japan Foundation, the Japan Education Exchanges and Services or The University of Edinburgh.

JLPT 2019 (July)

The JLPT 2019 (July) took place on Sunday 7th of July 2019. Good luck to all those who took the test!

Participants in the July 2019 JLPT Exam
The JLPT 2019 (July) team. Otsukaresamadeshita!

Test Results

The results of the JLPT December 2019 test are available to view from 10am on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 (Japan Time). 

JLPT Result Checker 

You will need your 8-digit Online Results Notification Numberical Password you created when you completed your application form as well as your Examinee Registration Number. If you require a reminder for your online password then please contact

Candidates will not be able to check the result online after 17:00pm on Tuesday the 31st of March 2020 (Japan Time). 


Hardcopies of Score Reports and Test Certificates for the JLPT 2019 (December) will be posted out to all candidates at the end of February. 

Past Test Data

Statistics for pasts tests can be viewed at the following link: Past Test Data


JLPT Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

Japanese Language Proficiency Test Centre

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
  • The University of Edinburgh

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