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JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test)

FAQs

Changes in application process due to COVID-19

Why can’t I take the exam by travelling interstate?

The Host Institution determines the number of people who can take the Test based on the number of available rooms and the size of each room at the Test venue, which are currently affected by the restrictions concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, including social distancing requirements.  Due to such limitations imposed in each state and the uncertainty regarding the border closure between the states and territories, regrettably, only those applying within the state where the Test city is located will be accepted. If this situation changes, we will announce it on our website.

Isn't it unlawful discrimination?

The above measure is adopted to cope with the present COVID-19 environment and to provide safety for everybody concerned.

When would I be able to take the exam in my state/territory?

Due to so many uncertainties in the COVID-19 situations, nothing has been planned or confirmed yet about the future Tests in Australia.  When there is any update, we will post it on our JLPT website.  https://jpf.org.au/language/for-learners/jlpt/

Thank you for your understanding.

My [university / employer] requires a JLPT qualification...."

We suggest that affected people should contact the party that requires a JLPT qualification. Ask if there is an alternative means by which to prove Japanese language proficiency, particularly in light of the current disruptions.

For Registration 

Can I register after the application deadline?

No, you cannot. Strictly no late applications will be accepted.

I am a parent/guardian/teacher. Can I register for my child/student on behalf of him/her?

Yes, you can. Take care to fill in your child’s name and details in the main section of the application form. Sometimes a parent will incorrectly fill in their own name as the examinee!

TIP: A teacher or parent can supply their own email address in lieu of that of their student or child. Most communication from JLPT organisers occurs via email. For security and privacy we will ONLY communicate with the email address as matching on the application form. If you supply your student or child’s personal email address then we will be unable to discuss inquiries originating from your email address.

I am a parent/guardian/teacher. Can I make group registration for my children/students?

Unfortunately this is not supported. The application form gathers information on the basis of individual examinees and so separate registration for each child is required.

TIP: A teacher or parent can supply their own email address in lieu of that of their student or child. Most communication from JLPT organisers occurs via email. For security and privacy we will ONLY communicate with the email address as matching on the application form. If you supply your student or child’s personal email address then we will be unable to discuss inquiries originating from your email address.

Do I need to prepare a photograph?

You don’t need your photo when applying nor for your Test voucher PDF. However, on the day of the Test, examinees must bring a current, official, government-issued photo identification (ID), printed in English. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, passport, Photo Card/Proof of Age Card or student ID that features a photo, name and date of birth. Unacceptable forms of ID include health care cards, credit cards or ATM cards. Copies will not be accepted. Digital ID is also unacceptable.

Can I pay my registration fee at The Japan Foundation, Sydney ?

No, you cannot. It is payable only by credit card via the online registration page. The JLPT in Australia accepts online applications only. Paper or postal applications are not allowed.

Can I submit a paper or postal application?

No, you cannot. The JLPT in Australia accepts online applications only. Paper or postal applications are not allowed.

For cancellation 

What do I do if I cannot attend the Test anymore? How do I withdraw?

There is no specific cancellation procedure except for being absent on the Test day. In any event, if you find that are able to attempt the Test, you are welcome to attend as normal.

I would like to cancel and refund my registration, what should I do?

DURING the application period you can email a cancellation request to (jlpt@jpf.org.au). It must be sent from the same email address used during registration. Only the Test fee will be refunded. The Eventbrite booking fee will not be refunded. After the application deadline, Test fees are non-refundable.

(Due to COVID-19, the 2020 December Test features a regular application period and potentially an additional application period. Cancellation and refund are only permitted during the regular application period. Details and exceptions are in the Test Guide.)

Can I cancel and refund my registration after the application deadline?

No, generally speaking, you cannot.

After the regular registration deadline, all fees are non-refundable, except as stated below or required by any relevant law, including Australian Consumer Law, unless the Test is cancelled by the local Test committee due to force majeure (See ’Test Delay / Test Cancellation Policy’). Details and exceptions are in the Test Guide.

Examinees seeking refund after the registration deadline, or who fail to attend their scheduled Test, must provide evidence, within 5 days, that their ability to sit the Test was affected by a special circumstance as below.

Special circumstance:
– Serious Illness or Accident – hospital admission or serious injury
– Loss or Bereavement – death of a close family member
– Hardship/Trauma – victim of a crime and others

For changing Test level or Test site

Can I defer my Test day to next one?

No, you cannot.

DURING the application period you can email a cancellation request to (jlpt@jpf.org.au). It must be sent from the same email address used during registration. Only the Test fee will be refunded. The Eventbrite booking fee will not be refunded. After the application deadline, Test fees are non-refundable.

(Due to COVID-19, the 2020 December Test features a regular application period and potentially an additional application period. Cancellation and refund are only permitted during the regular application period. Details and exceptions are in the Test Guide.)

Can I change my Test location?

Yes, you can but only DURING the application period.
Step 1) Email a cancellation request to (jlpt@jpf.org.au). It must be sent from the same email address used during registration. Only the Test fee will be refunded. The Eventbrite booking fee will not be refunded.
Step 2) Submit a new online registration for the desired level and/or city bearing in mind that there is no guarantee a space will still available by that time.

(Due to COVID-19, the 2020 December Test features a regular application period and potentially an additional application period. The steps are valid only during the regular application period. Details and exceptions are in the Test Guide.)

Can I change my Test level?

Yes, you can but only DURING the application period.
Step 1) Email a cancellation request to (jlpt@jpf.org.au). It must be sent from the same email address used during registration. Only the Test fee will be refunded. The Eventbrite booking fee will not be refunded.
Step 2) Submit a new online registration for the desired level and/or city bearing in mind that there is no guarantee a space will still available by that time.

(Due to COVID-19, the 2020 December Test features a regular application period and potentially an additional application period. The steps are valid only during the regular application period. Details and exceptions are in the Test Guide.)

For Special Testing Accommodations (STA) 

I have special needs, can I request special test conditions?

Yes, you can apply for Special Testing Accommodations (STA). See the main page for extra forms, details and deadline.

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