Embassy of Japan in New Zealand




December 2020 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) in Wellington



The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) has been offered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services (JEES) since 1984 as a reliable means to evaluate and certify the Japanese proficiency of non-native speakers. In December 2018, there were 623,811 examinees at 232 cities, in 76 countries throughout the world.

The Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) will be offered twice in New Zealand: once in July (Wellington and Auckland) and once on Sunday, 6th December (Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch).

Date and Time of Test

Sunday 6 December 2020 in Wellington


Application period

Monday 14 September to Thursday 15 October 2020
Applications and payment of test fees will be accepted only between the dates above.
Examinees who require special testing accommodations for disabilities must complete their applications by Friday 9 October.


Test Venue

Massey University Wellington Campus
Block 7, Mt Cook

The precise location (Room Number etc.) will be notified on the test day.

*Taking the test in Auckland or Christchurch? - We don't accept applications for taking the test in Auckland and Christchurch. Please refer to the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland or Consular Office in Christchurch instead for more details.


Examination Fees

An examination fee must be paid when submitting your application. The fees for each level are as follows:

Level N1 - $75
Level N2 - $70
Level N3 - $65
Level N4 - $60
Level N5 - $55

Payment must be made at our counter in cash, bank transfer paid in advance or cheque when submitting application. (No EFTPOS and credit cards accepted.) Please read the payment methods in the Test Guidelines on this page for further details.
The test fee is non-refundable and the test date and site cannot be changed. However, if the test is cancelled due to COVID-19 or other reasons, the test fee will be refunded.

Examinees who want their test results sent overseas must pay an additional NZ$40 to cover overseas courier costs. The postage fee will be requested before sending the results.


Test Guidelines and Application Form

Test Guidelines (5.2MB) - Please read this Guidelines first and use the Application Form below.

Application Form (1.3MB) - We recommend filling it in on the computer - Information entered in the first page will autofill on pages 2 to 5 if the Adobe Acrobat Reader app is installed on your device.

For those using the digital Application form above, please note the following:

  • The information you enter into the Application form above may not be able to save.
    • Please print out all five pages (single sided in A4 paper) of the Application Form (two identical photos need to be glued on the Test Vouchers) when you have completed them and either bring them to the embassy or send by post. Sending the form by Email is not accepted.
  • For questions No. 7 and 10-14 on the Application form, please refer to test guidelines.
  • The Examinee Registration Number should be filled in by the Embassy.


Addresses to submit applications and contact details

For post: JICC, Embassy of Japan, PO Box 6340, Marion Square, Wellington 6141
At counter: Level 18, The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street, Wellington

Tel: (04) 472 7807 Email: jicc@wl.mofa.go.jp
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5:00pm

*For applicants who will take the test in Auckland or Christchurch, please refer to the Consulate-General of Japan in Auckland or Consular Office in Christchurch.

Preparation books available in our library

There are various preparation and mock test books available at our library for N1 - N5. You can borrow up to 2 books for 2 weeks at a time. A proof of ID as well as a document that confirms your address (e.g. a utility bill, insurance bill or bank statement) are required to become a library member. These books are just a few examples.


For more information and sample tests

JLPT logo

Official Worldwide JLPT website

Sample Questions