Filipinos by the Numbers: How Many Take and Pass Japanese Tests?

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.

There are many other reasons why learning Japanese has become more popular for Filipinos in recent years. If you are one of them, have you ever wondered how many Filipinos take official Japanese language tests? And what is the likelihood of passing?

In this short article, we’ll explore a little bit about the current situation of Japanese language education in the Philippines, particularly in the context of Japanese language tests.

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Japanese NAT-TEST: All You Need to Know About the Best Substitute for JLPT

After two years since the pandemic started, the Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) has finally decided to resume the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). But here’s the catch: Only the most difficult levels, N1 and N2, will be conducted for the July 2022 exam in Manila.

This is a huge problem for those who want to take lower levels of the JLPT especially N4, the level which always has the greatest number of Filipino examinees by a wide margin.

Fortunately, the Japanese NAT-TEST (or “NAT-TEST”) can be the perfect alternative. While not as famous as the JLPT, it serves the same purpose and is widely accepted in the Philippines.

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