J-Cert Overview

J-cert is an internationally recognised Japanese Language (Nihongo) Proficiency standard test, officially conducted by the ‘Japan International Human Capital Development Organization (JIHDO)’.  It follows the ‘European Common Reference Framework’ for evaluation of the test.  J-cert was earlier known as GNK Life and Proficiency Japanese Test.  J-Cert examination is carried out in countries like Japan, China, Nepal, Vietnam and India.

J-cert tests and certifies the Nihongo proficiency of non-native speakers on reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities in Japanese. J-cert is a unique test as it focuses not only on Nihongo skills but also tests the awareness level of the basic Japanese culture.  This certificate of Japanese language proficiency is recognized by Japanese corporations, public offices and international agencies, and by commercial associations all over the world.

The J-cert exam consists of six levels, which are divided into the following categories:


J-CERT Test Schedule

J-CERT exam is conducted at different time schedule for A & B course level. The B-Course (JLPT equivalent level of N5 & N4) is held four times in a year usually on the last Sunday of the month March, May, September and November. A- Course (JLPT level of N3, N2 & N1) is conducted twice a year usually scheduled on last Sunday of May and November and the Master Course (Native level Japanese language skill) is held once a year scheduled on last Sunday of November.

J-cert test schedule for the year 2019

Course Level : Master course

Days of Exam : Last Sunday of November


Course Level :A course (JLPT level N1 N2 N3)

Days of Exam :Last Sunday of May & November

3/03/2019 | 12/05/2018

Course Level :B course (JLPT level N4 N5)

Days of Exam : Last Sunday of March, May, September, November

25/03/2018 | 12/05/2019

01/09/2019 | 10/11/2019

Highlights of J-cert

J-cert  is accepted  as a language proficiency certificate for studying and finding employment in Japan.

There is no age limit to take up the test.

There is no basic qualification requirement to take up the test

The test helps not only to improve Japanese Language ability but also addresses the knowledge of Japanese culture and the understanding of customs necessary to live in Japan.