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 2020, they will be held on July 5 and December 6. 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 online applications must be submitted months in advance before the exam is held. This year, the application period for the July 5th exam is from February 5 to March 11. The online application for the JLPT in the Philippine will be launched on the JLPT page of the website of The Japan Foundation, Manila from February 5 around 9:30AM. Pay close attention so that you don’t miss out! Applications will NOT be accepted after March 11, 2020.
The application requires you to fill out your name, date of birth, gender, address and other personal information. For the next step, you must pay the corresponding registration fee and submit two recent ID size photos (1inch x 1inch) either on March 24, 25, 26, 27 for individuals and either on March 31, April 1, 2 for Group (10:00 am – 12:00 noon / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm), to complete the Application Procedure.
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.