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Japanese Language Tests for International Students

Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students (EJU)

The EJU is designed to evaluate the Japanese language skills and basic academic abilities required of students who want to study at a Japanese university. It is administered by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) and offered twice per year (June and November). This test is often taken by those who wish to gain admission to a Japanese university undergraduate program as an international student. Applicants who want to enroll in at Shinshu University as regular students are required to take this test.

Japanese University Admission Homepage

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

Designed to measure and certify the Japanese language abilities of non-native speakers, the JLPT is offered twice per year (July and December) and administered by Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) and the Japan Foundation. There are five levels--N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5--with N5 being the easiest and N1 the most difficult. N1 and N2 are useful as proof of Japanese language abilities when searching for a job in Japan or pursuing similar activities. International students are encouraged to take this test, whether it be to measure their own Japanese abilities or to help them find a job in the future.

Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Homepage

Business Japanese Proficiency Test (BJT)

The BJT assesses Japanese-language business communication skills. It is administered by the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Public Interest Foundation and tests are held twice per year (June and November). Individuals are assigned to one of six levels (J1+, J1, J2, J3, J4 or J5) based on their scores, which are processed statistically so that test-takers' abilities can be measured in the same way each time they take the test. Because the BJT evaluates Japanese skills used in actual business settings, studies in preparation for this test will come in useful when looking for a job later.

Business Japanese Proficiency Test Homepage

J.TEST Test of Practical Japanese

This test is administered by the privately run Japanese Language Examination Committee J.TEST Office. The test is split into different, level-based examinations: level A-D examinations for intermediate and advanced students, level E-F examinations for students who are still beginners, and the level G examination for students who are just starting out. A-D level examinations are held six times per year. The test is usually offered at schools, business offices and other such locations. It is used for many purposes, including by businesses to measure the abilities of their employees.

J.TEST Test of Practical Japanese Homepage

Japanese Computerized Adaptive Test (J-CAT)

The J-CAT is an online test that automatically rates Japanese language abilities. It is free of charge, and because the computer selects test questions suitable to the test-taker's individual abilities, the test does not take much time. Although the J-CAT does not provide official certification of one's Japanese language abilities, it can be used as a tool for determining one's proficiency.

J-CAT Japanese Computerized Adaptive Test Homepage

Useful sites for learning Japanese (links)

Japanese Learner's Dictionary

This dictionary is designed for those learning Japanese. It contains voice recordings, example sentences and other useful features.

Japanese Learner's Dictionary Homepage

Hira Hira no Hiragana Megane

You can use this online service to input the URL of a website in Japanese, which will then display the page with furigana over the kanji. (Take care, though, as this automated service is not always correct!)

Hira Hira no Hiragana Megane Homepage

Japanese Language Reading Tutorial System Reading Tutor

This service provides a range of useful functions, such as dictionaries and furigana. You can also use the Reading Tutor Web Dictionary (

Japanese Language Reading Tutorial System Reading Tutor Homepage

News Web Easy - NHK Online

Featuring NHK news stories rewritten in simple Japanese. With furigana over the kanji, you can also listen to audio recordings of the articles.

News Web Easy - NHKOnline Homepage

Erin ga Chosen! Nihongo dekimasu.

This is a site is for people learning Japanese. International student Erin is the main character in this drama, and the website features a wide range of useful content.

Erin ga Chosen! Nihongo dekimasu. Homepage

Japanese in Anime & Manga

A website designed for those wishing to study Japanese using anime and manga. You will find a range of fun study content, such as ninjas.

Japanese in Anime & Manga Homepage