Looks like it's that time again. It's time to register for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test.
In this tutorial, we'll cover, step-by-step, how to register for the JLPT online (here in Japan).
The JLPT is the standard many foreigners use to measure their Japanese chops. This exam tests your vocabulary, kanji, grammar, listening and reading knowlege. Oddly enough, though, it doesn't test the main indicator of how good your Japanese is - how well you speak (at the time of this writing).
While it's not the final say in how good your Japanese is, many of the skills that the JLPT tests can be closely linked to your speaking skills.
ARE YOU READY? LET'S SIGN UP!
Whether you're taking the N5 (beginner level) or the N1 ( crazy, advanced level), there are three basic parts of the registration process:
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:
Initially, I thought online registration was going to be a lot harder than it really was. The hardest part is that the JEES website sucks. Sorry to say it, but it's true. Not only is it outdated, but it's not intuitive. This tutorial will make the process easier for you than JEES will.
Beyond that, though, 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 should be alble to sign up for the JLPT with no problems.
To make this as simple as possible, just click the following link: http://info.jees-jlpt.jp/acquisition/
Going to directly to this link is a good idea, because the JEES website can really take you in circles if you don't know what to look for. If you're registering as you're reading this, I recommend opening this link in a new tab and following along.
Most of you reading this will be signing up as individuals. But if you're signing up ten or more people, there is a group registration option if you need it. For now, we're going to select the "Individual" registration option.
We're just going to go with the English option for the sake of keeping this tutorial as simple as possible. But choose the language that's the best option for you!
Prior to filling this out, you will have to agree to the JEES terms of service, but once you do, you'll be directed to this form. Be sure to fill it out accurately. The last thing you want to do is to have your info sent to the wrong place .
If everything is good, let's keep going!
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.
YOU ARE OFFICIALLY REGISTERED FOR THE JLPT!! HOORAY!
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.
Donald Ash is an Atlanta, Georgia-born, American expat who has been living in a Japanese time warp for the last eleven years. While in that time warp, he discovered that he absolutely loves writing, blogging, and sharing. Donald is the creator of thejapanguy.com blog. Wanna know more about this guy? Check out his "What's Your Story" page.