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.

2019 JLPT in Australia

2019 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 2019 JLPT dates in Australian cities

2019 Dates Adelaide Brisbane Canberra Melbourne Perth Sydney
Sunday 7 July   O O      
Sunday 1 December O O   O O O


2019 JLPT in Melbourne

Date: Sunday 1 December 2019 (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 (Thu) – September 5 (Thu), 5pm 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 approximately 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?

2019 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?

First, please be sure to read the test guide (available on the registration site) to find out what you need for the test.

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:

  • JLPT study material for the JLPT levels N5 to N1, which contains Kanji list, vocabulary list and grammar points for each level.

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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