JLPT Schedule Philippines – December 2022

The dates of the 2022 July and December JLPT are listed below:

First testJuly 3, 2022
Second testDecember 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.

If the schedule is canceled, the test city will be marked as  in the table above.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Registration will be open from September 1 to 20.
  3. Applicants must use the new portal for registration with this link: https://jlpt-apply.jfmo.org.ph/
  4. Advance payment is still required. You must have proof of payment prior to registration.
  5. 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:

  1. Select A4 for paper size.
  2. On “Page Setup”, adjust scaling to 80% normal size.
  3. Customize the margins as follows: 1.5 inches on both left and right, 0.8 inch on the top margin.

Author: Francesca Galve

Japanese language enthusiast (JLPT N1). Master's student in Tokyo, Japan. Accountant by profession.

10 thoughts on “JLPT Schedule Philippines – December 2022”

    1. Davao is still listed as a test location on the JLPT official website. Plus, since the JLPT was also held in Davao last July, chances are high that the December exam will push through there as well.

      As for the levels N5 and N4, nothing is certain as of now. Although there are rumors floating around that N5 and N4 will be available in December, we can only wait until JFM makes an official announcement.

      I’ll always update this page as soon as I get hold of the latest information, so please visit it often!

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    1. Over-the-counter payment is accepted. You need to scan or take a picture of the deposit slip and then upload it to the online application portal.

      You’ll see the account name and account number after you complete the application form. The bank account varies depending on your selected test site.

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  1. Hello, Francesca!
    I applied and submitted the payment support last week. However, considering the limited number of total examinees here in Manila, I’m wary I may not get a slot.

    This is my first time applying for JLPT and I’m not sure what to look out for to further confirm my application. On the website, “status” says “pending.” Do you know when this status is typically updated? Is this the cue I should be paying attention to, or do I have to wait for something else?

    Thank you for your help!

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    1. Hi Mark. The online platform was just newly launched by JFM for JLPT application.

      I do not know how long it will take this time, but for the July 2022 test, it took about a week after the close of the registration through Google Forms until all applications were verified.

      Staff of each host institution are manually doing the verification process, thus it will take time.

      For your peace of mind, as long as your application ID no. hasn’t breached the limit on number of examinees yet and you have properly paid the test fee with sufficient proof, you’ll be fine.

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