How To Register For the JLPT Online in Japan





YIKES! It’s April 30th already??

What’s so special about the 30th? Well, today last day to register for July 6th, 2014 JLPT test. With so little time left, the best way to sign up, if you still wanna take it is to register online.

Today we’ll walk through all the steps, from start to confirmation, to get yourself registered to kick some JLPT arse!

There are three basic parts of the registration process:

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1. Get a “MyJLPT ID”
  • 2. Select Your Exam
  • 3.Pay the JLPT Registration Fee

Initially, I thought online registration was going to be a lot harder than it really was. But if you can find a website on the internet, locate your nearest convenience store, press some buttons, and make a payment at a convenience store counter, you too can sign up for the JLPT.

Although some of three basic parts will have more steps than others, don’t get caught up in the mini steps. This should be quick, clean, and easy.

Let’s go through it together:

PART ONE: GET A “MyJLPT ID”

The online registration process happens through the Japan Educational Exchanges and Services Website, better known as JEES. Through this website portal you’ll get confirmation emails for each of the registration steps.

STEP 1: Visit the JEES website http://info.jees-jlpt.jp/

JEES Website Japanese

STEP 2: (Optional) Click the “English” option

JEES Website English

STEP 3: Click the “Acquisition of MyJLPT” button

English JEES website

STEP 4: Select the “Individuals” Option

MyJLPT Registration 1

STEP 5: Choose a Site Language

MyJLPT Registration Choose a Language

STEP 6: Fill Out The MyJLPT Registration Form

MyJLPT Registration Form

STEP 7: Double Check Your Personal Info

MyJLPT Registration 4

STEP 8: Check Your Email For Your MyJLPT ID

The 'Notice on URL for MyJLPT Registration' is the first one you'll receive.  It's a confirmation email.  BE SURE TO COMPLETE IT WITHIN 24 HOURS!  After you do, you'll get your MyJLPT ID :)

The ‘Notice on URL for MyJLPT Registration’ is the first one you’ll receive. It’s a confirmation email. After you do, you’ll get your MyJLPT ID 🙂

Confirmation Email for JLPT Registration

BE SURE TO CLICK THIS WITHIN 24 HOURS!

Once you've clicked the link to confirm, you'll receive this email with your MyJLPT ID.  Once you have this, it's time to move on to Part 2! NICE WORK!

Once you’ve clicked the link to confirm, you’ll receive this email with your MyJLPT ID. Once you have this, it’s time to move on to Part 2! NICE WORK!

 

PART TWO: ONLINE REGISTRATION

STEP 1: Select the ‘Login’ Option
JEES Login Screen

STEP 2: Enter Your MyJLPT ID & Password
JLPT Test Registration 2

STEP 3 Click the ‘Examination Application Tab

Keep in mind that registration generally opens up about three months before an upcoming test. Also remember that the application window is usually about a month long (April 1st-April 30th in the case of the July 2014 test). Registration for the 2014 July 6th exam began on April 1st, 2014.

Keep in mind that registration generally opens up about three months before an upcoming test.
Also remember that the application window is usually about a month long (April 1st-April 30th in the case of the July 2014 test).
Registration for the 2014 July 6th exam began on April 1st, 2014.

STEP 3: Agree To the Privacy Policy

JLPT Test Registration

STEP 4: Choose your level & Complete the Registration Form

Exams levels go from N5 up to N1, with N5 being the easiest and N1 being the most challenging.

Exams levels go from N5 up to N1, with N5 being the easiest and N1 being the most challenging.

STEP 5: Don’t Forget Your Photo!

Near the end of the application form you'll have to scan in your photo.  The passport photos you can get taken at the booths all over Japan are quick, easy, and convenient!

Near the end of the application form you’ll have to scan in your photo. The passport photos you can get taken at the booths all over Japan are quick, easy, and convenient!

If your photo uploads properly, it'll show up on your registration form like this!

If your photo uploads properly, it’ll show up on your registration form like this!

STEP 6: Choose a Payment Method

You can choose to pay by credit card or in cash at your local convenience store.  For todays example, we'll be paying at a local convenience store, Lawson.

You can choose to pay by credit card or in cash at your local convenience store.

STEP 7: Select Your Nearest Convenience Store

For todays example, we'll be paying at a local convenience store, Lawson.

For todays example, we’ll be paying at a local convenience store, Lawson. I wonder why 7Eleven isn’t on this list of convenience stores?? Hmm…

If you don't feel like heading to a convenience store, you have the option to enter your credit card info and pay by card.

If you don’t feel like heading to a convenience store, you have the option to enter your credit card info and pay by card.

STEP 8: Confirm Your Test Info
Although it’s not pictured here, the confirmation page will simply show you all of the information that you’ve entered. Double-check or even triple check to make sure you’ve entered the right information (namely the test level and your address).

STEP 9: Your Online Application is Complete

Now that our online application is complete, all we have to do is go to the conbini and pay for our test.

SWEET! We’re almost there. Now that our online application is complete, all we have to do is go to the conbini and pay for our test.

 

PART THREE: PAYING FOR YOUR JLPT TEST

For this particular example I’m going to use Lawson’s Loppi system to show how to make your payment. You can choose whichever convenience store is nearest to you. The machines you use to make your payments will differ slightly, but the overall process will be similar.

STEP 1: Jot Down Your Payment Receipt Number From Your Email

You might want to write down this number before going to the convenience store.

You might want to write down this number before going to the convenience store.

STEP 2: Touch the ‘Kakushu Bango’ Button on the Left

Paying for the JLPT with Loppi

This is the start screen for Loppi. It’s really not as complicated as it might look. Start by touching the ‘Kakushu Bango’ (各種番号) button on the left. This button allows your to enter your JLPT Receipt Number in order to pay.

Step 3: Go to the convenience store you selected when you chose your exam (From Part Two of this tutorial)

Step 4: Enter Your Payment Receipt Number

This is the 番号検索 (number search or number lookup) screen.  Enter your JLPT receipt number from step one here.

This is the 番号待ち方screen (Enter your JLPT receipt number from step one here.

Step 5: Enter Your Phone Number

Even though it's not instantly visible, this is the screen for your phone number.

Even though it’s not instantly visible, this is the screen for your phone number.

Step 6: On the Payment Screen Touch the ‘Ryoukai’ Button


The Loppi Payment Screen

This is the Loppi Payment Screen. It may be a bit hard to see, but the orange button on the bottom right is labeled ‘了解’ (ryoukai or consent)

Step 7: Take Your Payment Slip to the Register

JLPTPaymentReceipt2

Step 8: Pay

JLPT Payment Scan

A quick scan by the convenience store clerk

JLPTPayment

JLPT Receipt

You may want to hang onto your receipt just in case.

Step 9: Check Your Email For Confirmation

JLPT Notice Of Application Completion

JLPT Notice Of  Application CompletionFull

YOU ARE OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR THE JLPT!! HOORAY!

Payment Troubleshooting
If you run into any issues while trying to get registered for your exam, i.e. you can’t make heads or tails of the machine you’re using. Tell the convenience clerk:”インタネットで日本語の試験をサインアップをしました。このコンビニで払いたい。ロッピーはどうやって使いますか?”“Intanetto de Nihongo no shiken wo sainup wo shimashita. Koko de haraitai. Doyatte Loppi wo tsukaimasu ka?”

 

One More Tip
It’s ALWAYS better to register in advance because everyone and their mother tries to register at the last minute. That last thing you wanna end up with is this message just as registration is about to close:

Congested JLPT site

It’s always better to register early, to prevent situations like these.

Three Advantages of Online Registration

There are several reasons why online registration through might be the way to go:

Finding out what your scores are before the result certificates are mailed out
Who doesn’t want to find out what their scores are as soon as possible? If you’re already registered online, you’ll be able to find out your results as soon as their available instead of pacing the floor, day after day, waiting for that little piece of paper to get to you.

Having certificates reissued if you misplace them,
The certificates you receive when you pass your exam aren’t very big, so if you do happen to lose your certificate, you can get it reissued through this online system.

It’s Easier and faster
Being in the MyJLPT system makes signing up for the next exam becomes that much easier. It also saves you time, especially if you’re rushing to meet the registration deadline.

Are You Taking the JLPT This Year? If So, Which Level?
Please feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

 




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Donald Ash is an ATLien expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last six years. While in aforesaid time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator, writer, designer, editor, programmer, and occasional bad artist of thejapanguy.com blog (that's just way too many hats, dude). Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.

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  • Liz

    Great post, Donald! I’ll be applying online from Australia with the help of a Japanese friend living in Tokyo, so I’ll definitely put your advice to good use when the time calls. 🙂

  • Alex

    Thanks Donald. I am moving to Japan late Sept and online application is 1 sep to 30 sept. So, did you need a Registration Card to enroll? I have a local address in Japan so would like to apply before getting to Japan. Thanks for your time.

  • Lex

    Thank you SO much! I selected the “pay at the Lawson” option when I registered, before I realized I had no freakin’ idea how to pay at a Lawson. Your instructions are so clear. I’m off to do this now!

  • Lauren

    Thanks for the info! After you took the passport photo at the photo booth, how did you upload the photo to the online registration website? Did you use a scanner to upload it?

  • Kaela

    Thank you for the useful information! I’m thinking of coming to Japan to take the exam this July but when I tried to register I didn’t know what to put for the postal code and the address since I’m only coming for a week! 🙁 Could you help me with this matter please? Thank you in advance!!

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