Preparation Classes


Earn points for preferential treatment for immigration to Japan

Those who pass JLPT N1 receive 10 points under the government’s “Point-based Preferential Immigration Treatment System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals.” Individuals with a total of 70 points or higher receive preferential treatment at immigration.
For more details, please refer to the website of Public Relations Office, Government of Japan.

One of requirements to take Japan’s national exams for medical practitioners

A JLPT N1 certificate is required for medical practitioners licensed overseas who want to take Japan’s national exams for medical practitioners, and other professions.
For more details on application requirements for national exams for medical practitioners, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (Japanese).

*Other national exams that require a JLPT N1 certificate as part of application:
Dentist, nurse, pharmacist, public health nurse, midwife, radiology technologist, dental hygienist, dental technician, clinical laboratory technician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, orthoptist, clinical engineer, prosthetist, emergency medical technician, speech therapist, veterinarian

One of requirements to take Japan’s prefectural exams for assistant nurses

A JLPT N1 certificate is required for overseas nursing school graduates who want to take Japan’s assistant nurse exams.
Exams for assistant nurses are administered by each prefecture. For more details, please contact the prefecture of interest.

A test subject is waved on accreditation exam for completion of junior high school level education in Japan

The Japanese-language test is waved for examinees of foreign citizenship who pass JLPT N1 or N2.
For more details, please refer to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology website (Japanese).

One of requirements for Vietnamese nurse/care worker candidates under EPA

A JLPT N3 or higher certificate is required for Vietnamese nurse and care worker candidates who visit Japan as part of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Vietnam.
For more details, please refer to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare website (Japanese)



The Japanese NAT-TEST is a standardized test to evaluate the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The test has

4 difficulty levels (Basic, Lower-Middle, Upper-Middle, Advanced) and consists of 3 components (Vocabulary, Listening, Reading and Grammar). The NAT-TEST is compatible with the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).


NAT-TEST is used by over 10 countries since 1988

Since the first test of 1988, the Japanese NAT-TEST is used by over 10 countries worldwide. The test is used in many Japanese language schools at home and overseas for a part of their educational programs and admissions, and immigration to Japan.

Best resources to prepare for JLPT

The NAT-TEST is compatible with the JLPT standard. While the JLPT is held up to twice a year, the NAT-TEST is offered four times a year. Japanese language learners can monitor their own performance and evaluate their progress more constantly. The NAT-TEST is also suitable for preparing for College/Graduates admissions.

Detailed Score Report and Certificate

A test taker will receive the official Score Report about 3 weeks after the test date. Score Report shows you test results for each section and question and whether you passed the test. Test takers who passed the NAT-TEST will receive a Certificate of

Japanese language proficiency.

You can see sample images of Score Report and Certificate

of Japanese language proficiency.

High-Quality Test Questions

The Japanese NAT-TEST questions are developed by the Test Construction Committee that consists of highly experienced professionals, including Japanese instructors, authors and editors of Japanese language textbooks.

References: Senmon Kyouiku Publishing. 10,000-Words Instructional Vocabulary Guide for Japanese Language Education. / Senmon Kyouiku Publishing. Instructional Guide of Kanji Vocabulary.

Integrity of the Test

The Japanese NAT-TEST Organizing Committee believes that integrity of testing is essential for maintaining the quality of test. For registering for the test, a test taker is required to submit test taker’s photo, which will be printed on test taker’s admission ticket, and show both an admission ticket and acceptable photo ID to a test supervisor before being admitted to the test.

The Japanese NAT-TEST Organizing Committee established the Japanese NAT-TEST Fairness Code (academic honor code), which applies to all test takers, users, test supervisors, personals of the NAT-TEST.

4 Difficulty Levels and 3 Sections

The Japanese NAT-TEST is divided into four difficulty levels, with Level 4 (Basic), Level 3 (lower-intermediate), Level 2 (upper-intermediate), and Level 1 (Advanced). The difficulty of each level is basically equal to the same level of the JLPT.

The NAT-TEST consists of three sections, with Section 1: Vocabulary, Section 2: Listening comprehension, Section 3: Reading comprehension and grammar. The total time of the test is approximately 120 minuets (excluding breaks). Learn more…

Comparison of NAT-TEST and JLPT

The NAT-TEST closely parallels the format, criteria, type of questions, and level of difficulty of the JLPT. As a practice exam for the JLPT and college/graduate admission, however, the NAT-TEST is designed to be slightly more difficult than the JLPT. Learn more…

Score Report and Certificate of Japanese language proficiency

The official Score Report will be sent to each test taker after taking the test. In addition, a test taker who passed the NAT-TEST will receive Certificate of Japanese language proficiency with a test taker’s photo.Learn more…

Testing Process

4-step test process for the NAT-TEST: Registering for the test, Receiving your admission ticket, Preparing for and Taking the test, and Receiving your score report

Test Results

Test summary shows the overall results of each NAT-TEST, including the number of test takers, pass rate, average, highest, and lowest scores for each level and section (Vocabulary, Listening, Reading and Grammar).

Test Development

Test questions of the Japanese NAT-TEST are developed by the Test Construction Committee (TC Committee).

  1. Three TC Committee members create preliminary test questions individually.
  2. Preliminary test questions are reviewed, verified the accuracy and relevance, and organized by editors of the TC Committee.
  3. Eight TC Committee members are divided into four groups and each group assembles the first draft prior to the Committee conference.
  4. The first draft is reviewed and revised by TC Committee members on the Committee conference and the second draft is created.
  5. The second draft is reviewed by the Test Quality Control Committee, which consists of three members, and returned to the TC Committee with their opinions.
  6. The TC Committee revises the second draft (Step (4) and (5) are repeated, if necessary) and assembles the third draft.
  7. A final proofreading of the third draft is done by editors of the Committee (the final draft is created).


NAT-TEST Administration

The Japanese NAT-TEST is created and administered by the Japanese NAT-TEST Organizing Committee, Senmon Kyouiku Publishing (Tokyo, Japan). The tests are operated by the Regional Office of each country. The Committee provides Regional Offices technical assistance and support to operate the NAT-TEST correctly and ensure the integrity of testing.


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What is IELTS?
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System which tests English proficiency across the globe. Conducting 2 million tests in the past year, IELTS is the world’s most popular high stakes English language proficiency test.
Which organisations accept IELTS?
IELTS is accepted by more than 8,000 organisations worldwide. These include universities, immigration departments, government agencies, professional bodies and multinational companies. To search for a recognising institution, use the IELTS Global Recognition System.

Who owns IELTS and who writes the test?
IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment and offered through more than 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries. International teams of writers contribute to IELTS test materials. Ongoing research ensures that IELTS remains fair and unbiased. Test writers from different English-speaking countries develop IELTS content so it reflects real-life situations.

Why are there two versions of the test?
IELTS has two versions – Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at a tertiary level in an English-speaking country. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests but different Reading and Writing tests.

Which version should I do?
Read the explanation of the Academic and General Training tests, then contact the organisation or institution to which you are applying to find out what it requires. Note that you must know which version to take when you complete the IELTS Application Form (PDF, 273KB).

What is the test format and how long will it take?
IELTS has four parts – Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes). The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests are done in one sitting. The Speaking test may be on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests. Find out more and see a test sample.
How do I practise and prepare for my test?

The Official IELTS Practice Materials explains the test format in detail and gives you practice tests and answers. You can order your Official IELTS Practice Materials in one of two ways:


What help is available for candidates with disabilities?
Test centres make every effort to cater for the special needs of candidates with disabilities. It is our aim for all candidates to be assessed fairly and objectively. If you have a special need, talk to your local test centre when registering. Centres may need three months to organise arrangements. Find out more.