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JLPT Pass Rate Statistics 2016

Below are some tables which include the pass rate data and statistics for the 2016 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..

2016 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 2016. 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 211,441 254,613 190,484 117,917 91,839 866,294
Examinees 186,531 225,803 165,124 101,375 76,969 755,802
Certified 59,929 89,185 66,333 35,752 38,045 289,244
Percentage
Certified(%)
32.1% 39.5% 40.2% 35.3% 49.4% 38.3%

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) 2016 Test Data

  Level N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 Total
Japan Applicants 30,218 39,136 36,559 13,435 2,191 121,539
Examinees 27,810 36,525 34,368 12,547 1,977 113,227
Certified 10,340 14,037 11,447 4,272 1,282 41,378
Percentage
Certified(%)
37.2% 38.4% 33.3% 34.0% 64.8% 36.5%
Overseas Applicants 69,147 79,208 50,857 36,637 32,286 268,135
Examinees 59,790 68,642 41,816 30,498 27,106 227,852
Certified 19,396 32,324 19,531 11,960 13,671 96,882
Percentage
Certified(%)
32.4% 47.1% 46.7% 39.2% 50.4% 42.5%
Japan・Overseas
Total
Applicants 99,365 118,344 87,416 50,072 34,477 389,674
Examinees 87,600 105,167 76,184 43,045 29,083 341,079
Certified 29,736 46,361 30,978 16,232 14,953 138,260
Percentage
Certified(%)
33.9% 44.1% 40.7% 37.7% 51.4% 40.5%

Winter (December) 2016 Test Data

  Level N1 N2 N3 N4 N5 Total
Japan Applicants 37,492 49,620 39,881 15,219 2,989 145,201
Examinees 34,065 45,687 36,536 13,937 2,686 132,911
Certified 10,152 12,962 11,966 4,076 1,577 40,733
Percentage
Certified(%)
29.8% 28.4% 32.8% 29.2% 58.7% 30.6%
Overseas Applicants 74,584 86,649 63,187 52,626 54,373 331,419
Examinees 64,866 74,949 52,404 44,393 45,200 281,812
Certified 20,041 29,862 23,389 15,444 21,515 110,251
Percentage
Certified(%)
30.9% 39.8% 44.6% 34.8% 47.6% 39.1%
Japan・Overseas
Total
Applicants 112,076 136,269 103,068 67,845 57,362 476,620
Examinees 98,931 120,636 88,940 58,330 47,886 414,723
Certified 30,193 42,824 35,355 19,520 23,092 150,984
Percentage
Certified(%)
30.5% 35.5% 39.8% 33.5% 48.2% 36.4%

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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