Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020, the bi-annual JLPT has been canceled in the Philippines four times. That’s about two years.
The agonizing, long wait has been frustrating for those who have been wanting to obtain official certification in Japanese language proficiency. Of course, that included me.
Fortunately, the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) announced the resumption of the JLPT starting with the July 2022 exam. There were significant changes, such as fewer available test levels and the implementation of health and safety protocols.
Here’s a recount of my experience taking the JLPT during the “new normal.”
Over the past decade, more opportunities have become available for Filipinos who are aspiring to work in Japan. Thus, there has been an increase in the number of Filipinos taking Japanese language tests as a prerequisite for employment.