So how many people actually pass the JLPT every year?
I’ve compiled some statistics/data over the last few years to give you a clear idea of how many people register for and actually pass the Japanese Language Proficiency Test to receive their JLPT certification for each level.
|2016 summer + winter total||Applicants||211,441||254,613||190,484||117,917||91,839||866,294|
|2015 summer + winter total||Applicants||203,930||216,068||151,338||99,968||78,948||750,252|
|2014 summer + winter total||Applicants||206,636||197,054||127,368||82,329||68,506||681,893|
Analyzing the data
From the above table, the percentage certified (or pass rate), is highlighted in blue for to quickly see. Over the last 3 years, we have these average pass rate for each JLPT level.
- JLPT N1 average pass rate: ~32%
- JLPT N2 average pass rate: ~40%
- JLPT N3 average pass rate: ~39%
- JLPT N4 average pass rate: ~37%
- JLPT N5 average pass rate: ~51%
Based on this, N5 (the easiest level) had the highest pass rate, which is not surprising, at about 50%. N2-N4 have fairly similar pass rates averaging between 37-40%, while N1 (the most difficult level) has the lowest pass rate, at about 32%.
An increase in people taking the JLPT Test
As seen in the above graph, since the JLPT switched to the N1~N5 system, there has been a steady incline in both test takers, and number of cities where the JLPT is offered. Especially, in 2016, there was a significant growth in all categories.
JLPT Statistics Data Archives (summer + winter tests)
If you want to look into more specific data for the differences in summer and winter tests, I’ve compiled that data here as well:
Data retrieved from official JLPT website:http://jlpt.jp/e/statistics/archive.html