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JLPT Frequently Asked Questions

JLPT Frequently Asked Questions

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It is entirely in “multiple questions - answers” format; where candidates’ kanji, vocabulary, grammar, reading and listening abilities are tested.  There is no interview or oral paper.

The highest level is N 1, and the lowest is N 5.  For more detailed information please (opens in a new window)see
Note that UCD Japan does not offer a level check for candidates.  Please, consult your teacher for advice.
For Kanji lists for each level (opens in a new window)see.

The exam is held simultaneously, so it is not possible to take more than one level at the same exam session time.

There is no past paper for N3 but you can still use old Level 3 for practice.
Past papers are commercially available from Specialist Language book sellers such as the following:

International Books
18 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel 00 353 1 6799375  / Fax 00 353 1 6799376
Email: (opens in a new window)info@internationalbooks.ie
web: (opens in a new window)www.internationalbooks.ie

JP-Books UK Ltd
14-20 Regent Street, London SW1X 4PH, England
Tel: 020 7839 4839  / Fax: 020 7925 0346
web: (opens in a new window)www.jpbooks.co.uk

The Japan Centre
212 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LD, England
Tel: 020 7439 8035  / Fax: 020 7287 1082
e-mail: (opens in a new window)info@japancentrebookshop.co.uk
web: (opens in a new window)www.japancentre.com

UCD Japan does not handle preparatory course information.  To our knowledge, there are no distance-learning courses for JLPT preparation available in Ireland or UK.

UCD Japan application system for JLPT is via the UCD online booking system.  Bookings for the JLPT Examination can be made here.

UCD Japan can be contacted at

JLPT Administrator
UCD Japan
Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington Building
University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin D04 N9Y1

For further information, contact us at Japan@ucd.ie