The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The JLPT is an internationally known test, held worldwide, to evaluate and certify the proficiency in Japanese of non-native speakers.

The test has been held since 1984. Visit the official JLPT website for further information.

The JLPT is held in July and/or December in Australia, depending on the city. The Melbourne test is hosted for the Japan Foundation by RMIT University’s Languages discipline in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at the Melbourne City campus.

2018 JLPT results

Results of the December 2018 JLPT are available online from January 23 10:00 (GMT+9) to March 31 17:00 (GMT+9). For more information, please visit the JLPT page on the Japan Foundation website.

Hard copy score reports (and certificates for those who have passed) will be mailed out by the end of March 2019.

2019 JLPT

Information on the 2019 JLPT will become available as it is confirmed and released.  Please visit the Japan Foundation’s JLPT page for the most up-to-date information.  For your reference, we have kept details of the 2018 JLPT.  We expect the 2019 JLPT to be scheduled similarly.

2018 JLPT in Australia

2018 JLPT are offered in July and/or December in Australia, depending on the city. Note the Melbourne test is held only in December, as indicated in the table below.

Visit the Sydney-based Japan Foundation’s JLPT website for the most up-to-date information.

Available 2018 JLPT dates in Australian cities

2018 Dates Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Melbourne Perth Sydney
Sunday 1 July   O O      
Sunday 2 December O O   O O O


2018 JLPT in Melbourne

Date: Sunday 2 December 2018 (there is no July test in Melbourne)
Time: To be advised. (All tests are held in the afternoon)
Venue: RMIT University, City campus (Buildings and rooms to be confirmed)
Application / registration period: August 1 (Wed) to September 6 (Thu) 5:00pm AEST *Please note that no extension is possible.
To apply/register, please visit the Sydney-based Japan Foundation’s JLPT website.

  • Information on test times and venues will be emailed to examinees 2 weeks prior to the test day.
  • Registrations for the JLPT are administered centrally by the Japan Foundation in Sydney.
  • Check the JLPT Australia website for the most up to date information on taking the JLPT in Australia.
  • Email for further enquiries.

How do I apply / register?

Applications are administered centrally by the Japan Foundation. Apply through the JLPT Australia website.

How do I know what level I should be applying for?

Please refer to N1-N5: A summary of linguistic competence required for each level which explains levels in the current test (from 2010) and Comparison of new and old tests which explains approximate equivalence of levels between the new test (from 2010) and old test (until 2009). You can also get an idea of levels from question examples in New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test sample questions.

How much does it cost?

2018 test fees

  • Level N1, N2 and N3: AUD$95.00
  • Level N4 and N5: AUD$85.00

Please see JLPT Australia for information on payments.

What can I do to prepare?

Continuing to study in your accustomed manner should not lead to any problems. However, considering that the current test places importance on both knowledge of the Japanese language and the competence to use the knowledge in practical communication, we suggest using the New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test sample questions. The sample questions cover all question patterns for all levels and they will help you prepare for the test.

Additionally the following websites and on-line forums may also be of use:

Disclaimer: The provision of these URLs does not consist of an endorsement by RMIT of the merits or otherwise of the website. RMIT is simply passing on information that may assist you in your preparation.


JLPT Organiser
Japanese Studies
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies

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