JLPT

JLPT (日本語能力試, Japanese Language Proficiency Test)

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT), or Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken, is an international exam evaluating and certifying Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers.

In Japan, JLPT is administered by the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services. Overseas, the Japan Foundation co-proctors test administration with local cultural exchange and/or educational institutions.

In St Petersburg, the Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken exam sessions are held twice a year – on the first Sunday of December and July.

Candidates who successfully pass the exam receive a Certificate of Japanese-Language Proficiency, which is accepted in most public organisations and educational institutions in Japan.

Exam format

The JLPT test has five levels: N1; N2; N3; N4; and N5, with N1 being the highest – CEFR level C1 (advanced) and N5 the lowest – CEFR level A1 (beginner).

Regardless of the level, the test comprises of three parts: Vocabulary (Japanese logographic characters kanji); Grammar and Reading; and Listening.

Samples questions of the JLPT exam are available on the official JLPT website.

Exam fees

Please note that the cost of the Application Form is included in the exam fees.

  • N1 — 2,300 roubles
  • N2 — 2,100 roubles
  • N3 — 1,800 roubles
  • N4 — 1,500 roubles
  • N5 — 1,300 roubles

Registration for the summer 2022 exam session

The registration period opens at 9 am (Moscow time) on 1 March 2022.

The registration deadline is 2 pm (Moscow time) on 1 April 2022.

Note that applications submitted before or after the registration period are not accepted.

All the applications are processed on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that examination services are not refundable.

Online registration

The Language Testing Centre at St Petersburg University opens online registration for the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test. To register for the JLPT exam online, you will need to download the Application Form and complete it in English capital letters. You can also download the Test Guide and and a sample of a properly completed application form below. You will need to have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This will enable you to fill in the questionnaire in pdf format.

Registration procedure for JLPT

  1. Read the Test Guide carefully. Note that sequence numbers in the Application Form match the sequence numbers in the Test Guide.
  2. The Application Form is to be completed in English capital letters (turn the Caps Lock key on).
  3. Information filled in the Application Form A is automatically displayed in other pages.
  4. After filling in all the required boxed areas, print the Application Form and the Test Voucher on A4 paper.
  5. Cut the Test Voucher to A5 paper size.
  6. Write your signature and the date on the Application Form and attach your photos to the Test Vouchers.
  7. Scan Application forms A, B, C and the two Test Vouchers.
  8. Scan your passport (personal data page + place of residence page).
  9. Email your documents (Application forms A, B, and C; two Test Vouchers; and a scan copy of your passport) with your telephone number to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please write ‘Registration for JLPT summer 2022’ in the email subject line.
  10. After your application has been processed by the Language Testing Centre specialists, they will send you an agreement, bank details for you to arrange payment for the exam, and further instructions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone +7 (812) 325-11-24 or by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Webinar

A webinar on the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test is available here.

Exam preparation materials

St Petersburg University By-laws