Philippines' Dec 2021 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) postpones conduct anew due to COVID

Written by: Jei Beltrano

Published on: August 17, 2021 at 10:37 PM PHT (GMT+8)

JLPT conduct in De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

The Japan Foundation Manila announced on Tuesday that the December 2021 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in the Philippines which is scheduled on December 5 of this year will be postponed anew due to the concerns on the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.

This is the fourth time the language test has been postponed in the country since the pandemic started making the July and December 2020, and the July 2021 examination schedules being set aside for the safety of the examinees.

Excerpt from Japan Foundation Manila's FB Page:

In view of the current “Public Health Emergency / Community Quarantine” due to the COVID-19, please be advised that the schedule for December 7, 2021 Japanese Language Proficiency Test has been CANCELED.
The Japan Foundation, Manila and host institutions (The Japanese Association Cebu, Inc.; Cagayan de Oro College-PHINMA Education Network; and Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku in Davao City) discussed/evaluated then reached the unanimous conclusion that it will be difficult to host the JLPT in December under the current circumstances.
Thank you very much for your understanding and we hope that everyone stays safe and well during this difficult situation.
The “Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese” (JFT-Basic) will still be conducted in Manila, Cebu and Davao. The JFT-Basic test is held six (6) times a year.
Registration for the test this September and October 2021 will start on August 20. It can also be taken this November and December 2021.
For more information, please check the JFT-Basic site: https://www.jpf.go.jp/jft-basic/e/
- Philippines Test Administration Committee, The Japan Foundation, Manila

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or JLPT, is a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability.


The test is held twice a year in Japan and selected countries including the Philippines (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in other regions (on the first Sunday of December).


The JLPT consists of five levels: N5 to N1 with N1 being the highest level of certification.Until 2009, the test had four levels. JLPT certificates do not expire or become invalid over time.

Source: The Japan Foundation Manila Official Facebook

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