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Unlocking Opportunities with the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

The JLPT registration is now open! Are any of you interested in registering? Or are there any of you who are still unsure about what JLPT is?

JLPT stands for Japanese Language Proficiency Test, which is widely recognized by various Japanese organizations. As stated on the official website, the JLPT certification is acknowledged as an important academic and qualification certification widely accepted by Japanese companies and within Japanese society.

This certification is conducted in 87 countries around the world (JLPT, 2019), including Indonesia. In Indonesia, the JLPT exam is held in 13 locations spread across the country, including Medan, Padang, Palembang, Denpasar, Manado, Makassar, Yogyakarta, Malang, Surabaya, Semarang, Jakarta, Bandung, and Cirebon. Generally, the JLPT is held twice a year in Indonesia. However, according to the official JLPT website, for the Cirebon and Denpasar regions, the exam will only be held once in 2023, specifically in December. For those curious about registration dates, you can refer to the image below.

As seen in the image, the JLPT certification is divided into 5 levels, ranging from N1 to N5, with N1 being the highest and N5 the lowest level. Overall, according to data from the official JLPT website, in the year 2022, out of a total of 506,293 participants in 82 countries who took the second exam, 164,682 participants (38.2%) passed. The pass rates for each level were as follows: N5 - 47.3%, N4 - 40.7%, N3 - 41.6%, N2 - 33.1%, and N1 - 30.8%.

Although the specific pass rate data for Indonesia is not mentioned, my personal experience from taking exams from N5 to N1 has been quite intense. The key to success is understanding the communication style and thought patterns of the Japanese people. This understanding can be easily gained through reading Japanese comics or literature, and watching videos related to Japan. These activities help us comprehend the communication style within Japanese society, making it easier for us to construct sentences while reading.

However, there are also those who sometimes find it challenging to learn Japanese on their own or to watch videos and understand it alone. It's recommended to seek help from someone who has already learned Japanese effectively. Enrolling in private classes with Merry Sensei is a good option, as the learning is interactive and tailored to the learner's pace. If interested, feel free to reach out to Merry Sensei.


JLPT 2012. Japan Foundation., accessed on August 25, 2023.

JLPT Data Test of 2019., accessed on August 25, 2023.

JLPT Data Test of 2022., accessed on August 25, 2023.

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