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
- Create your account
Before you can schedule a test online, you must data-create a web account.
- Schedule a test
Please select your preferred test date and time / test center (location) using one of the following methods.
- Online registration page
After creating your web account, you can sign in and schedule your test appointment online. Your test appointment can be made until 23:59 on the day before the test.
Test appointment can be rescheduled or cancelled until 24 hours before the test.
- Customer service (weekdays during business hours 9:00 - 18:00)
Test appointment can be made until 1 business day before the test date (during customer service business hours).
Test appointment can be rescheduled or cancelled until 24 hours before the test (during customer service business hours).
The accepted forms of payment are by credit card (JCB / VISA / MasterCard / AMEX) or test voucher (see note). Bank transfer is also available if you are taking the test in Japan. Please note that the contact point will differ depending on the method of payment.
- Credit card ... Online registration page, customer service
- Test voucher ... Online registration page, customer service
Note: Test voucher is an electronic ticket that you can use to schedule a test.
- Bank transfer (Japan only) ... Customer service
- Taking the test
Follow the instructions given in the appointment confirmation e-mail sent by Pearson VUE, and take the test on the designated date / time at the test location.
- Notification of the results
Results will be notified by following 2 methods.
- Score Report
A “Score Report” will be issued immediately after the test is taken at the test center.
- Score Certificate
A “Score Certificate” will become available after 3 days from the day test was taken. To view/download a “Score Certificate”, please sign in to Pearson VUE online registration page and click on “View Score Reports”.
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.
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View frequently asked questions about the BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test.