JLPT Test Series: Part 2 - Information About the JLPT in Singapore

CareerJune 24, 2024 10:00

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the second part of our three-part series on the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). In this post, we will provide detailed information about the JLPT in Singapore, including test dates, registration details, and costs. Make sure to read Part 1 to understand what the JLPT is and why it’s beneficial.

JLPT Test Dates and Locations

The JLPT is conducted twice a year in Singapore: on the first Sunday of July and December. The upcoming test dates are:

  • July Test: Sunday, 7 July 2024
  • December Test: First Sunday of December

The test is held at the Singapore Management University (SMU), utilising two separate locations to accommodate all candidates:

1. SMU School of Economics (SOE) / SMU School of Computing & Information Systems 2 (SCIS 2)

2. SMU School of Computing & Information Systems 1 (SCIS 1)

Registration Details

Registration for the JLPT in Singapore is available online only and opens in phases. It’s important to register early as there is a limit on the number of candidates for each test level, and registration may close early if the maximum number is reached.

  • JLPT (July) - Registration Period: 11 to 28 March 2024
  • JLPT (December) - Registration Period: Mid-August (exact dates TBA)

Test Levels and Fees:

  • N1: Limited to 400 candidates, registration opens on 11 March 2024, fee $110
  • N2: Limited to 400 candidates, registration opens on 13 March 2024, fee $110
  • N3: Limited to 400 candidates, registration opens on 18 March 2024, fee $110
  • N4: Limited to 450 candidates, registration opens on 20 March 2024, fee $100
  • N5: Limited to 450 candidates, registration opens on 25 March 2024, fee $100

Test Structure and Preparation

The JLPT consists of different sections:

1. Vocabulary

2. Grammar/Reading

3. Listening

Preparation Tips:

  • Familiarise Yourself with the Test Format: Understand the structure and types of questions for each section.
  • Practice Regularly: Use JLPT practice books, online resources, and mock tests.
  • Join Study Groups: Participate in study groups or classes to stay motivated and get help from peers.
  • Use Japanese Media: Enhance your listening and reading skills by consuming Japanese media such as TV shows, podcasts, and newspapers.

Important Information for Test Day

  • Test Timetable: The exact schedule will be provided upon registration. Be sure to arrive on time as latecomers will be denied entry.
  • Required Documents: Bring your ID (NRIC) card for verification.
  • Refusal of Entry: Examinees will be denied entry if they do not bring their ID or are late. No refunds will be provided in such cases.

Contact and Support

For any inquiries or assistance regarding the JLPT, you can contact the Japanese Cultural Society of Singapore:

  • Email: nihongocourse@jas.org.sg


Taking the JLPT in Singapore is a well-organised process, with clear guidelines and ample resources to help candidates prepare. By understanding the registration details, test structure, and preparation tips, you can effectively plan for the test and improve your chances of success.

Join us in Part 3 of our series, where we will discuss how to optimise the benefits of JLPT certification and enhance your career prospects.


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