The dates of the 2022 July and December JLPT are listed below:
|First test||July 3, 2022|
|Second test||December 4, 2022|
The JLPT finally resumed in the Philippines for the July 2022 exam. Visit this page for relevant information and updates for that exam.
With this resumption, we can expect that the December 2022 exam will also push through for the Philippines.
Initially, the JLPT website included Cebu and Cagayan de Oro as test locations for the July exam, but later on, the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) announced that the exam will only be held in Manila and Davao. Thus, the above schedule might change depending on the pandemic situation.
In addition, the JFM administered only the highest levels of the JLPT last July: N2 and N1 for Manila and N3, N2, and N1 for Davao. As of this writing, it is still unclear whether the lower levels, N4 and N5, will be available for the December exam.
Here’s the expected timeline for the Philippines:
Late August or early September – Registration and payment*
December 4, Sunday – Test date
January 25, Wednesday – Release of online results
Early March – Distribution of certificates and official score reports
* In the past, registration and payment procedures were separate. However, with the July 2022 exam, payment is expected upon online registration. Proof of payment must be attached to the online application through Google Forms.
It is also highly likely that safety and health protocols will still be in place for the December exam. In that case, please be sure to get vaccinated (two primary, one booster).
New information will be posted here as they come, so please visit this page for further updates.
Update on August 22, 2022:
JFM will post details of the registration for the December 2022 JLPT on August 31, Wednesday.
Update on August 26, 2022:
This is unofficial so you may dismiss it as a mere rumor for now, but I’ve received the following information:
- Registration for the December 2022 JLPT will run from September 1 to 20.
- Changes to the registration will be made, scrapping off the Google Forms online application.
Again, an official announcement by the JFM will be posted next week, so please stay tuned.
Update on August 31, 2022:
JFM released the guidelines on the application for the December 2022 JLPT (which basically confirms the tip I received last week):
Here are the key details:
- All levels (N5 to N1) will be available for Manila, Cebu, and Davao.
Select levels (N5 to N3) will be available for Cagayan de Oro.
- Registration will be open from September 1 to 20.
- Applicants must use the new portal for registration with this link: https://jlpt-apply.jfmo.org.ph/
- Advance payment is still required. You must have proof of payment prior to registration.
- The maximum number of applications is 6,400 for Manila and 1,500 for Davao. Register early for a successful application.
You may create your account online portal today, August 31, but you may only apply starting September 1.
Update on September 5, 2022:
There has been a lot of concern regarding the verification process of the application. Since the online portal was just launched this year for the December JLPT, certain details on the timeline aren’t clear yet.
The verification is done manually by the staff of local host institutions, so approval of the application will take a few days. In my case, I applied on September 1 at 7:35 am and received an approval email on September 5 at 3:01 pm.
Thus, it would take about 3 business days or 5 calendar days to receive final confirmation.
Once approved, you can visit the “Application List” page on the online portal to download your test voucher. Simply click the icon corresponding to “Print Voucher.” It is the second icon from the right.
You’ll get an Excel file of your voucher. An error message pops up when you open it. Just click “Yes” to proceed.
The tricky part is to print the voucher with the proper size, scaling, and margins. By default, all these printing settings are a mess.
Here’s what I did to fix the print settings:
- Select A4 for paper size.
- On “Page Setup”, adjust scaling to 80% normal size.
- Customize the margins as follows: 1.5 inches on both left and right, 0.8 inch on the top margin.