Started from being a Testing Center for JLPT, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku is proud to be the host institution now for the whole Mindanao region!

Considering that every year, students and all other Mindanawons have been showing increasing interest in Nihongo, the Japan Foundation Manila has officially lifted the status of MKD from once a Testing Center into a Host Institution starting July of 2015. This is a great opportunity for every examinee in the region enabling easier access to details and information.

The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is an internationally accredited language examination conducted both in Japan and outside Japan to evaluate and certify the language proficiency of primarily non-native speakers of Japanese.


As opposed to the previous years’ once-a-year exams, The Japan Foundation Manila (JFM) has announced that the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) now goes twice-a-year here in the Philippines!

Now there are reasons for more chances to take the exam, whether you like it earlier (July) or later (December). The first July test for this year will be held on Sunday (July 2, 2017), simultaneously in three different test sites – De La Salle University in Manila, University of San Carlos Talamban Campus in Cebu City, and at the MINDANAO KOKUSAI DAIGAKU IN DAVAO CITY.

The JLPT is the world’s largest-scale Japanese-language test and is administered worldwide, by The Japan Foundation in cooperation with other cultural exchange/educational institutions, in order to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers.

The application procedure as well as detailed information will be posted on The Japan Foundation, Manila’s (JFM) website (www.jfmo.org.ph).

Key Points of JLPT

The test places importance on a learner’s knowledge of the Japanese language including vocabulary and grammar; and, in the competence in using the knowledge in practical communication.

The test measures 1) through a section called “Language Knowledge (Vocabulary/Grammar)” and 2) through two sections called “Reading” and “Listening.” The combination of these sections comprehensively measures Japanese communicative competence.

The test has five (5) levels – N1, N2, N3, N4 and N5. The number of levels allows examinees to select a suitable test level. Examinees should be careful in choosing the level which best corresponds to their Japanese-language proficiency/ability and classroom training.

N1 – The ability to understand Japanese used in a variety of circumstances. It is designed to measure slightly more advanced abilities.

N2 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations, and in a variety of circumstances to a certain degree.

N3 – The ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations to a certain degree.

N4 – The ability to understand basic Japanese.

N5 – The ability to understand some basic Japanese.

Application Procedure

Please be advised that the application procedure has changed – since the  2017 July JLPT,  for applicants for Manila and Cebu; however, for the Dec. 3 JLPT the online application covers Manila, Cebu and Davao.  The paper type of application form has been cancelled and the procedure is divided into two steps as explained hereunder.

Step 1:

APPLICANTS MUST REGISTER ONLINE from July 25, 2017 to August 29, 2017 (11:59 PM).
*Online Application Form will be launched from July 25 (see link below), and could be accessed at the announcement page of the website of The Japan Foundation, Manila www.jfmo.org.ph. Application forms will NOT be accepted after August 29, 2017.

URL:  goo.gl/X7aW9x

Note: URL above will be available on July 25, 2017 (9:00 AM) until August 29, 2017 (11:59 PM).

Step 2:

Pay the corresponding registration fee and submit two (2) recent ID size photos (1inch x 1inch) to The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) – for applicants in Metro Manila / Luzon or to the Japanese Association Cebu, Inc. – for applicants in Cebu / Visayas and to the Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD, Davao City)  between Sept. 7 – 18 / Monday to Friday (10:00 am – 12:00 noon / 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm), to complete the Application Procedure.

*Applicants will only be officially registered for the 2017 December 3 JLPT after submitting the corresponding payment and (2pcs) I.D. size photos during the payment period.

**Only applicants who have registered online will be accommodated during the payment period.

***In case the applicant is unable to come personally during the payment period, the applicant may have a duly designated representative to complete the registration process

N1 and N2 – Php 1,200.00 / N3, N4 and N5 – Php 1,000.00

(company checks honored- for 10 or more employees)


Test Day

The JLPT Test Voucher and Valid ID Card are required to be presented on the TEST Day (Sunday- 3 December 2017) at the designated test sites. Mongol Lead 2 Pencil is recommended in answering the examination.

Announcement of Results

Successful examinees will be issued Certificates of Japanese-Language Proficiency by March 2018.  All examinees will receive a Score Report. Results will be available on JLPT Worldwide Official Website by end of January 2018.

Updates under MKD – JLPT Host Institution

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