Studying for the test

Are questions of past tests published?

The exact same test questions of every exam are not published. However, the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbooks have been released in 2 volumes since the 2010 revision of the test. The Official Practice Workbook published in 2012 and the Official Practice Workbook Vol. 2 released in 2018 each contains, for all levels, questions selected from among those used in tests since the 2010 revision, with the number of test items included being almost equivalent to an actual test. Sample questions based on past test questions are scheduled be published regularly in the future. The publication schedule will be announced on the official JLPT website.

Why is “Test Content Specifications” no longer available after the 2010 revision of the JLPT?

We believe that the ultimate goal of studying Japanese is to use the language to communicate rather than simply memorizing vocabulary, kanji and grammar items. Based on this idea, the JLPT measures “language knowledge such as characters, vocabulary and grammar” as well as “competence to perform communicative tasks by using the language knowledge.” Therefore, we decided that publishing “Test Content Specifications” containing a list of vocabulary, kanji and grammar items was not necessarily appropriate. As information to replace “Summary of Linguistic Competence Required for Each Level” and “Composition of test items” are available. Please also refer to “Sample Questions.”

Can I listen to audio of listening comprehension question examples?

Yes, you can. You can download audio files from “Sample Questions.”
In addition, the following books come with audio CDs.
・”New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary and Sample Questions for N1,N2 and N3″ (900 yen, + tax)
・”New Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Guidebook: An Executive Summary and Sample Questions for N4 and N5″ (800 yen, + tax)
“Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook (N1/N2/N3/N4/N5)” (700 yen for each level, + tax)
“Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook Vol.2(N1/N2/N3/N4/N5)” (700 yen for each level, + tax)