From Spring 2019, Japan changed its immigration policies to expand the acceptance of foreign workers. This has opened up some great opportunities for people all over the world, especially those from the 9 selected countries for new Specified Skills Visa program. You can read more about the specified skills visa and how to apply here .
But how can you take advantage of this great chance to live and work in Japan? The first step is to learn the language. To qualify for work in Japan, you must pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. It is the most widely used Japanese test in the world. There are 5 levels of the JLPT: N5, N4, N3, N2, N1. The easiest level is N5, and the hardest is N1. The minimum requirement for foreign workers hoping to get a job in Japan is N4. There are two sections that are graded for the exam: Language Knowledge (grammar, vocabulary, reading) and Listening. The self-study courses provided at JWL are designed with the JLPT in mind, and can help you pass the exam.
Since the JLPT exams are only held twice per year, it is important to be fully prepared so you don’t waste your chance! In 2019, they will be held on July 7th and December 1st. Testing centers around the world host the JLPT. In the Philippines, you can take the exam in 4 locations Manila, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro and Devao.
Applications for the exam are only accepted online and can be found on the homepage of The Japan Foundation, Manila (www.jfmo.org.ph). Be aware that the applications must be submitted months in advance before the exam is held. To apply, you will have to choose your location and navigate through the website to proper form. With the application, 2 copies of a recent ID photo (1 inch x 1 inch) must be included. The photos must clearly show your face against a non-solid background—nothing too dark. No other people can be in the photo. You may not wear a hat, sunglasses, or anything that covers your face.
The application requires you to fill out your name, date of birth, gender, address and other personal information. Write neatly in capital alphabet letters inside the boxes so that it can be easily read. Leave a space between words. If your name is too long to fit into the boxes, you may use initials to shorten it.
When you pay for the exam and submit all the required documents, a voucher will be distributed by your test facility. You must take this with you on the date of the exam, or you will not be accepted into the testing area. You will also need this voucher to fill out important information on the exam before you start.
As the most widely used Japanese language test worldwide, the exams are taken very seriously. Administrators can be strict when it comes to enforcing the rules. Be sure to arrive early. Do not talk with others during the exam. Make sure that your phone is turned off. If your phone rings or vibrates, it may be considered misconduct, and you will be asked to leave the room without finishing the exam.
After about two months, you can view your results online JLPT website by using the ID number and login you that you used on your application. Keep a copy of your application, so that you don’t forget your own login information. Make sure you check out all of our courses and quizzes to ensure your success.