Japanese Language Proficiency Tests

Below is a list of the available exams for certifying one’s Japanese language ability.

See below for more information specifically on the JLPT.

For the Kanji Kentei, see our full topic on Preparing for the KanKen:

Needed: Commentary on each test and explanation, answering the “should you take it” question, etc.

English Name Abbreviation Japanese Name
Business Japanese Proficiency Test BJT, JBiz ビジネス日本語能力テスト
Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students EJU 日本留学試験
Japanese Language Proficiency Test JLPT 日本語能力試験
Kanji Kentei KanKen 漢字検定, 日本漢字能力検定
Nihongo Bunshou Kentei BunKen 日本語文章検定
Nihongo Kentei 日本語検定
Penji Kentei 硬筆書写検定
Shodou Kentei 毛筆書写検定