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JLPT Exam Preparation in Japan

JLPT Exam preparation in Japan, offered in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Kyoto. Follow a Japanese language course in Japan, and study in a professional Japanese language school, offering group and private tuition year round and sit the Japanese language exams in July and December, in Japan or back home. All Japanese Language Proficiency Test levels are catered for in the three language schools in Japan.

Study in Fukuoka, Tokyo or Kyoto

Do you speak Japanese? Can you prove it?

Levels offered Level 5 to 1
Summer 2022: 01 July 2022
Winter 2022: 02 December 2022
Summer 2023: 03 July 2023
Winter 2023: 04 December 2023
Registration: Early registration is essential, please discuss with CESA staff
Course duration 2+ weeks
Lessons 20 general Japanese group lessons per week
Additional classes JLPT focused private lessons
Lesson duration 50 minutes
Max. per class 8 students


The Japanese Language Proficiency Tests (JLPT) can be sat in Japan each July and December.

  • Language students can choose to follow a Standard Course, a Languages for Life Course, or a Six Month or One Year Course to build their general Japanese language skills and then build in additional private classes to prepare for the JLPT exams
  • Exam preparation format: Private classes concentrating on JLPT skills plus exam specific homework
  • Recommended course start dates: September to November (prior to the JLPT exams in early July & early December)


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For many students formally proving competency in their Japanese language skills is very important and proof of language proficiency essential, and this is precisely what the JLPT exams offer.

Your tutors at the Japanese language schools in Fukuoka, Tokyo or Kyoto will let you know which JLPT level you can sit.
The exam board will designate where you sit the exam (not the language school).

July JLPT Exam: Sign up on line in March. Register in April
December JLPT Exam: Sign up on line in August. Register in September.
NB: Late applications will not be accepted.

Level 5 = Basic ability to Level 1 = Advanced ability

Start Dates: Standard Course dates in each city (generally students time their courses, to lead up to the JLPT exam date in July or December )

Every week you will be given you homework during the private tuition exam preparation lessons so your tutor will be able to assess your weak points and help you address them.

JLPT Scale of Ability

You may be learning Japanese and be interested in the JLPT simply for intellectual interest but most exam preparation students, especially university or Gap Year students, Japanese University applicants, translators or others with long term career goals, study the language with an eye to the future and their career goals.