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BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test Certification Testing

The “BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test" measures the Japanese language communication skills required for business situations. These skills refer to the ability to clearly explain a situation in Japanese to people who come from a different background or area of expertise, or to promote a project while asking questions to the other party about points which require clarification. In addition, this ability includes not only verbal communication skills, but the ability to understand and use Japanese with the aid of text, diagrams, photographs and any other available information in emails or faxes, etc., and to appropriately perform tasks suited to a business setting.

The test takes about 2 hours, and there are 80 questions. The results of the test are represented by a score of 0 - 800 points. In addition, there are six ranks (J5 to J1+), depending on the score, which are given as a measure of ability.

Find further information on the BJT.

Benefits to taking the test

  • You can give your BJT score as proof of your Japanese proficiency in the Immigration Bureau’s “Application for Certificate of Eligibility”, which is needed for individuals who do not have Japanese nationality to reside in Japan.
  • If you have acquired a BJT score of 480 or more, you will be awarded 15 points in the Immigration Bureau’s “Points-Based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals”. Note: For details of the “Application for Certificate of Eligibility” and the “Points-Based System for Highly Skilled Foreign Professionals”, visit the Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice website.

Steps to register for the test

Points to note for the day of the test

Be sure to bring an identification (ID) document with you on the day of the test. You will not be able to take the test if you are unable to present it. Please be prepared to show two forms of personal identifications. One form as a primary ID must be government-issued with name and photo, and one form as a secondary ID with at least a name and signature, or a name and photo. The first and last name on the registration must match exactly the first and last name on the IDs that are presented on test day. Expired IDs are not valid.

If you are taking the test in Japan, please view additional information on ID requirements.

You are required to be bound by the terms of a “Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)” before the test begins. In addition, you will be asked to answer a questionnaire after the test (about 10 minutes).

Re-taking the test

Once you have taken the test, you will not be able to take the test again for another 3 months (i.e., if you take the test on April 1st, you will be able to take it again on or after July 1st).

If you are absent on the day of the test, you will be able to take the test again within 3 months.

Testing locations

Country Cities
Brazil Sao Paulo
China Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Dalian, Qingdao, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Wuhan, Hong Kong
France Paris
Germany Dusseldorf
India Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi, Pune
Indonesia Jakarta
Italy Padova (*The site is temporarily closed for relocation)
Japan Sapporo, Sendai, Koriyama, Tokyo, Chiba, Yokohama, Niigata, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Matsuyama, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Oita, Naha
Korea Seoul, Busan
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Mexico Mexico City
Myanmar Yangon 
Singapore Singapore
Taiwan Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung
Thailand Bangkok
United Kingdom London
United States Los Angeles, New York , Chicago
Vietnam Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Da Nang

FAQ

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Last updated 2022-09-20