The Japanese Language NAT-TEST is an examination that measures the Japanese language ability of students who are not native Japanese speakers. The tests are separated by difficulty (five levels) and general ability is measured in three categories: Grammar/Vocabulary, Listening and Reading Comprehension. The format of the exam and the types of questions are equivalent to those that appear on the Japanese Language Ability Test (JLPT).

The Japanese Language NAT-TEST is based on the Japanese Language Achievement Test for Non-Native Speakers, held twice a year since 1988 in Japan and other countries such as China, Taiwan and South Korea. The Japanese Language Achievement Test is used by many Japanese language schools and education centers as a proactive way of measuring students` performance and in guidance counseling.

The exam is usually held six times per year, i.e. in the month of February, April, June, August, October, December, and level 5 the easiest. It is divided into three sections i.e. Language Knowledge, Reading, and Listening.  All candidates will receive a marks report and those who pass will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency. The official institution score report of the Japanese Language NAT-TEST can be used as part of a student visa application or admission requirements of Japanese language universities. Besides, it may be of importance while applying for a job in Japan. The passing criteria are as same as JLPT. One must pass the overall examination and each section respectively scoring more than the passing marks i.e. more than 25%. If the required score is obtained in both sectional and overall test than the candidate is believed to pass the exam.

Exam Pass Criteria:

  • Scoring more than 25% on each individual section.
  • Achieving an overall score that exceeds the passing score for the exam (typically around 60%).