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JLPT Pass Rate Statistics 2015

Below are some tables which include the pass rate data and statistics for the 2015 Japanese Language Proficiency Test. This data was taken from from the official JLPT website, but organized and reformatted to be a bit easier to see and use.

Note that percentage qualified = pass rate. This is calculated by [certified] / [examinees], NOT by [certified] / [applicants], since not everyone who applied actually took the test..

2015 Total Test Data (summer + winter)

This table combines the data from the summer and winter tests to get an overall average pass rate statistics for the entire year of 2015. For more detailed information about the summer and winter tests respectively, that information is down below.

  Level N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 Total
Japan・Overseas
Total
Applicants 203,930 216,068 151,338 99,968 78,948 750,252
Examinees 179,273 190,730 129,628 86,108 66,780 652,519
Certified 56,262 76,687 49,057 31,058 34,731 247,795
Percentage
Certified(%)
31.4% 40.2% 37.8% 36.1% 52.0% 38.0%

To compare this data to other years, you can visit our JLPT Pass Rate Statistics page

If you want to look at more specific information for this year’s tests, you can look at the below tables.

Summer (July) 2015 Test Data

  Level N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 Total
Japan Applicants 27,218 28,788 22,389 9,874 1,796 90,065
Examinees 24,971 26,788 20,867 9,332 1,634 83,592
Certified 8,958 10,819 6,398 3,556 1,190 30,921
Percentage
Certified(%)
35.9% 40.4% 30.7% 38.1% 72.8% 37.0%
Overseas Applicants 70,453 74,931 46,799 32,597 29,201 253,981
Examinees 60,642 64,764 38,489 27,241 24,569 215,705
Certified 20,625 28,538 16,081 9,383 12,940 87,567
Percentage
Certified(%)
34.0% 44.1% 41.8% 34.4% 52.7% 40.6%
Japan・Overseas
Total
Applicants 97,671 103,719 69,188 42,471 30,997 344,046
Examinees 85,613 91,552 59,356 36,573 26,203 299,297
Certified 29,583 39,357 22,479 12,939 14,130 118,488
Percentage
Certified(%)
34.6% 43.0% 37.9% 35.4% 53.9% 39.6%

Winter (December) 2015 Test Data

  Level N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 Total
Japan Applicants 32,200 36,147 27,047 11,874 2,408 109,676
Examinees 29,305 33,374 24,683 10,969 2,146 100,477
Certified 8,911 10,922 6,839 3,325 1,398 31,395
Percentage
Certified(%)
30.4% 32.7% 27.7% 30.3% 65.1% 31.2%
Overseas Applicants 74,059 76,202 55,103 45,623 45,543 296,530
Examinees 64,355 65,804 45,589 38,566 38,431 252,745
Certified 17,768 26,408 19,739 14,794 19,203 97,912
Percentage
Certified(%)
27.6% 40.1% 43.3% 38.4% 50.0% 38.7%
Japan・Overseas
Total
Applicants 106,259 112,349 82,150 57,497 47,951 406,206
Examinees 93,660 99,178 70,272 49,535 40,577 353,222
Certified 26,679 37,330 26,578 18,119 20,601 129,307
Percentage
Certified(%)
28.5% 37.6% 37.8% 36.6% 50.8% 36.6%

To compare this data to other years, you can visit our JLPT Pass Rate Statistics page

Data retrieved from official JLPT website: http://jlpt.jp/e/statistics/archive.html

Written by クルーズ (Cruise Bogedin)

Cruise is a freelance web developer living and working in Nagoya, Japan. He spends the majority of his free time cycling around Japan and 'occasionally' studies Japanese.

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