About

What is the JFT-Basic?

JFT-Basic website is launched on September 13th.

Explanation in Japanese
Explanation in English

1 Objectives of the Test

The Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese (JFT-Basic) seeks to measure the level of Japanese language proficiency needed by foreign nationals about to reside in Japan mainly for work, to communicate in everyday life situations. It is used to assess whether they have the Japanese language proficiency to be able to engage in everyday conversation to a certain extent and handle daily life without difficulties. The test evaluates Japanese language competence based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) and the JF Standard for Japanese-Language Education, a framework for Japanese language education grounded on the principle of using the Japanese language to facilitate mutual understanding among people. (The JF standard was developed based on the concepts supporting the CEFR by the Japan Foundation.)

The JFT-Basic is also used as a test to measure the level of Japanese language proficiency needed to obtain the residency status of “Specified Skill Worker (i),” which began in April 1, 2019. Please visit the following for more information on Specified Skill eligibility.

2 Target of the Test

This test is for foreign nationals who are not native speakers of Japanese.

In particular, it is aimed at foreign nationals about to reside in Japan mainly for work.

3 Testing Method

This test is conducted through Computer-Based Testing (CBT). Questions are set and answered on computers at test centers in each country. In booths, test-takers answer on the computer screen based on questions displayed on the screen and audio played through the headphones.

The test questions and choices are displayed on the central area of the computer screen. In addition, the section name, test name, time remaining and status of answers are displayed on the borders of the screen.

FYI: the Nursing Care Skills/Language Evaluation Test(Not organized by the Japan Foundation)

Explanation about the Nursing Care Skills/Language Evaluation Test

Take the Test

Please see the Japan Foundation website for details.

Philippines
Manila Test venue
  • 【PHJ01】
    Prometric Bulatao Test Center (Prometric Test Center c/o 2/F ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY 130 HV Dela Costa St. Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Manila)
  • 【PHJ02】
    Atticus Advisory Solutions (Unit 1402/1406 The Centerpoint Building Julia Vargas Cor. Garnet Road Ortigas Center Pasig City, Metro Manila)
Test dates
  • 【PHJ01】
    January 9, 10, 12, 14-17, 19, 21-24, 28-31, 2020
    March 2-7, 9-14, 16-19, 2020
  • 【PHJ02】
    March 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2020
Cebu Test venue 【PHJ03】
TRAIN,EDUC & DEV CONS INC (SUITE 308 Centro Maximo D Jakosalem St, Cebu City)
Test dates January 12-14、24-27, 2020
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 2020
Davao Test venue 【PHJ04】※The location of the test venue will be changed from March 2020.

  • <January test>
    Ateneo de Davao University (6th Flr, Rm F613C, Computer Lab, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas, Street, 8016 Davao City)
  • <March test>
    Brightside Psychological and Testing Services (Att Commercial Complex, D-4B Avancena St., Cor J Camus Ext, Barangay 9-A, Davao City)
Test dates March 12-19, 2020
Test fee PHP1,500(Philippine Peso)
Payment method for test fee ・Credit card payment on  the Prometric’s registration website
・Credit card payment online using Voucher Express(Voucher Express is a website where you can order test tickets online. To use it, you have to apply for an account in advance.)
・Purchase a test ticket by cash payment at the test venue※Please note that in Davao, you cannot purchase a test ticket at the test venue. Please visit the following address to purchase a test ticket.
2nd Flr, Rm D206, Psychology Department. Dotterweich Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Jacinto St., Davao City
Personal Identification Please bring any one of the following personal identification.
1.Passport
2.SSS ID
3.GSIS E-Card
4.Philippine Postal ID Card
5.Driver’s License (LTO: The Land Transportation Office)
6.Professional regulation commission

Procedures for Individual Application

Here is the flow of individual Application.

Access the Prometric’s registration website and obtain a Prometric ID

Procedures for Group Application

Here is the flow of Group Application.

Contact the Prometric contact center by email to request for group application for your desired period and number of persons
E-mail address:groupreg@prometric.com
(When sending an e-mail, please enter a half-width character “@” instead of a full-width character “@.” ).

FAQ

Can I cancel my test reservation?

You can cancel your reservation up to 3 business days prior to the test date (4 business days prior to the test date if the test date is on a Saturday or Sunday) through the registration website. There is no cancellation fee within this period. If you have paid by credit card, the test fee will be refunded to the credit card. If you have purchased a voucher, once you cancel your reservation, you can use the voucher for the next reservation as long as it is before the expiration date written on the voucher. (The voucher cannot be refunded). You cannot cancel your reservation after this period. The test fee will not be refunded even if you do not take the test.

Can I apply as a group?

Yes, you can. Please visit Steps from Application to Testing for the procedures for group application.

Is there a limit to the number of people who can take the test at one time?

There are limits on numbers. If your preferred date is full, please reserve the test on a different date. The status of reservations can be found on Prometric’s reservation website.

Does the Japan Foundation provide support for applications or act as a representative for applications?

Applications for JFT-Basic are received and handled on the registration website by Prometric. The Japan Foundation does not provide support or act as a representative for applications, either at headquarters in Japan or at overseas offices. If you have any questions please contact the Prometric Customer Service Center.

How should I study for the test? Are there any learning materials?

Please refer to Hint for Learning page for the e-learning materials that are available to help you prepare for taking the JFT-Basic. Sample Questions have also been made available for practicing how to answer questions in the JFT-Basic.
In addition, we have developed a new series of Can-do Statements for foreign nationals who are not native speakers of Japanese. These statements, each beginning with “I can …” and describing an ability to complete a communicative task, are called the “JF Can-dos for Life in Japan ” and outline the fundamental Japanese skills required for everyday life for foreign nationals living in Japan. Also new Japanese language learning resources that set these Can-dos as learning goals will be available online in late March 2020. Learners can firmly acquire practical language skills through listening and conversation practice using audio files, as well as reading comprehension activities using material mirroring real-life usage. These resources can be extensively used not only by people studying for the JFT-Basic but also by anyone studying the Japanese language at the beginner level. A suggested syllabus and learning material samples are currently available online.

Are questions of past tests published or made available to the public?

There are currently no plans to do so. For your information, Sample Questions have also been made available.

I have a question about the day of the test. (what to bring, venue, flow from registration until the end of the test, etc.)

For inquiries on matters related to the day of the test (what to bring, venue, flow from registration until the end of the test, etc.), please visit the registration websiteExternal link or inquire with Prometric Customer Service Center.

If time remains in the test, is it possible to review questions that I have already answered?

For the Script and Vocabulary, Conversation and Expression, and Listening Comprehension sections, it is possible to review and amend your answers if you have completed all questions in a section and time remains before moving to the next section. In the Listening Comprehension section once you move to the next question it is not possible to return to the previous question.

How are the test results presented?

Test results include the total score, and the assessment results based on the score. The range of the total score is from 10 to 250 points. If the total score is at or above the passing score (200 points), the examinee is assessed to have reached a level of Japanese language proficiency to be able to engage in everyday conversation to a certain extent and handle daily life without difficulties.

Is there a minimum score set for each section?

There is no minimum score for each section. The total for all four sections is calculated and if the test-taker has scored more than 200 points, he/she is deemed to have the Japanese language proficiency to be able to engage in everyday conversation to a certain extent and handle daily life without difficulties.

When will I know the test results?

On the day of the test, the test results (total score and assessment results) will be displayed on the computer screen that you took the test on, after the test is completed. In addition, the notification of assessment results will be issued on the registration website within 5 business days from the test date. Please log in and check the registration website.

How do I obtain an official notification of results?

The notification of assessment results can be viewed on the registration websiteExternal link within 5 business days from the test date. Please log in and check the registration website. Print and use this if you need a paper copy of the notification of assessment results. If you cannot find it on the registration website, please inquire with Prometric Customer Service Center.

What can I use the test results for?

The results of this test can be used to provide evidence of Japanese language proficiency when applying for the certificate of eligibility for residence in Japan under the status of “Specified Skilled Worker (i).”

Can JFT-Basic be used to obtain any visa status other than “Specified Skilled Worker (i)” or to find employment?

At the current point JFT-Basic is not being used to obtain any visa status other than “Specified Skilled Worker (i).” For the documents required to obtain another visa status, please see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
With regard to the use of JFT-Basic at companies and schools, etc., please confirm with the company/school about how the test can be used.

Do the test results have an expiration date?

The JFT-Basic test results do not have an expiration date.

What is the “Specified Skilled Worker” visa status?

It is a visa status that was established with the aim of accepting foreign nationals with certain skills or expertise as workers in Japan. There are two types: Specified Skilled Worker (i) and Specified Skilled Worker (ii). Please visit the following websites for details.

■Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (in Japanese) https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ca/fna/ssw/jp/index.html
■Ministry of Justice website (in Japanese)
http://www.moj.go.jp/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/nyuukokukanri01_00127.html
■Ministry of Justice document (in English)
http://www.moj.go.jp/content/001308076.pdf

How is the JFT-Basic related to the “Specified Skilled Worker” residence status?

To be eligible for the Specified Skilled Worker (i) residence status, you have to pass a test to measure your level of work skills in the relevant field (skills exam) and a test to measure your level of Japanese language proficiency needed for work and daily life (Japanese language test). (Those who have successfully completed Technical Intern Training (ii) are exempted from taking both tests). The JFT-Basic is used here as the Japanese language test. Note that JLPT N4 certificate or higher is also accepted as proof of Japanese language proficiency at the level required for Specified Skilled Worker (i).

Does the Japan Foundation also implement skills exams?

No. Skills exams in each fields are conducted either by the relevant ministry or agency, or by an implementing organization designated by the ministry or agency. Information about each skills exam available can be found on the portal site of the Ministry of Justice.
■Ministry of Justice website “Test Information” (in Japanese) http://www.moj.go.jp/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/nyuukokukanri01_00135.html

When and where are the skills exams conducted?

The skills exams are conducted by the ministry or agency in charge of each field, or by the testing organizations designated by these ministries or agencies. There are 14 applicable industries, and each industry has its own skills exams. Please check the websites of the ministries, agencies or testing organizations for the schedule of the skills exams. The following is the link to the testing information portal site created by the Ministry of Justice.
Testing information at the Ministry of Justice website(in Japanese)External link.

Under the Specified Skilled Worker system there are 14 industry fields and job categories . The Japanese that is used will probably differ from field to field and job to job, so does the content of the JFT-Basic test differ according to each field?

As JFT-Basic is a test that assesses whether test-takers are sufficiently proficient in Japanese at the A2 level, using the necessary “ability to engage in everyday conversation to a certain extent and handle daily life without difficulties,” there are no differences in content between fields.

Other than JFT-Basic and JLPT Level N4 or higher, are there any other Japanese language proficiency tests that can be used to apply for Specified Skilled Worker (i) status?

At the current time only JFT-Basic and JLPT Level N4 or higher are the proficiency tests designated by the ministries and agencies that are responsible for the 14 industry fields and job categories as being acceptable when applying for Specified Skilled Worker (i) visa status.

 

How to Study

Getting Started (What to Study)

The JFT-Basic measures your language ability for level A2, based on The JF-Standard for Japanese-Language Education.

If you are just starting, take the free online course for A1-1 (Katsudoo) to get you started speaking Japanese. Once you have mastered that, take the second half, A1-2 (Katsudoo).

Now that you have some Japanese vocabulary and expressions under your belt, take the Hiragana and Katakana courses so you can see how they are  written down. Being able to read Japanese characters will help your life go smoothly in Japan. Kanji is also a very useful writing system that you could   familiarize yourself with very early on.

As soon as you become confident with your Japanese characters, try the integrated A1-1 (Katsudoo and Rikai) and after that try A1-2 (Katsudoo and Rikai). You can also enroll in the free Reading Course to see if you can apply what you have learned in A1.

Now that you are A1 level, you can take the integrated A2-1, A2-2, A2-3, and A2-4 courses. Watch videos and read articles at this level with Hirogaru.

Check your language ability level in A2 at anytime with this Level Check Test.

All of the online courses above can be accessed free of charge and done at your own pace. But if you prefer studying with classmates and meeting a teacher regularly, feel free to join the courses that we offer at The Japan Foundation Manila (browse through our website, and follow us on Facebook).

Teacher Training

Japanese Teaching Methods Program for Teachers of  Specified Skilled Worker Candidates

特定技能制度による来日希望者のための日本語教授法研修

Application instructions and application form are available from the link below.

【日本語】

https://www.jpf.go.jp/j/urawa/trnng_t/other.html

【English】

https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/urawa/e_trnng_t/trnng_t.html

Support Program for Organizations Providing Japanese-Language Education for Living and Working (Grants)

Related guideline and files can be downloaded.

1.Purpose

This grant aims to partially support the costs of programs to be implemented by organizations/groups that provide Japanese-language education, including those wish to work in Japan under the “Specified Skilled” residency status system, with the objective of supporting Japanese-language education for living and working in Japan.

2.Eligible Projects

  • Only Programs that are planned to be implemented by the end of March 2021. (Period of project implementation: between October 16, 2019 and March 31, 2021)
  • Projects must fulfill the following requirements:
  1. It can be confirmed that without the provision of a grant, it will be difficult or impossible to achieve the project goal.
  2. The plan and method of implementation must be achievable and must have ample expectations that the project will yield good results. 
  3. The project will not be used for religious or political purposes.

Overview

Grant Details
Teaching Materials Purchase Grant Partially covers the cost of purchasing relevant teaching materials and supplementary materials to be used for Japanese-langauge education for living and working in Japan.
Conference Grant Partially covers the cost involved in holding meetings such as seminars, workshops, symposia, training sessions and meetings related to Japanese-language teaching for living and working in Japan
Publication Grant  Partially covers the costs involved in preparing and publishing the necessary curriculum and teaching materials required to prepare for the JFT-Basic or for Japanese-language education for living and working in Japan.
Other Original Proposal Partially covers the cost involved in implementing projects that not only aim to promote Japanese-language for daily life and working in Japan, but also to train Japanese-language teachers or to boost interest in Japanese-language education

Other points to be noted

  • No project already supported by a grant program operated by the Japan Foundation will be adopted for duplicate funding
  • It shall not be possible to expend or divert subsidy funds except for items approved by the Japan Foundation
  • The maximum amount of grant funding shall, in principle, be set at 2 million yen.

3. Eligible Applicants

  1. Organizations or groups whose target audience are those who will work in Japan under the “Specified Skills” residence status.  Individual persons are not applicable.
  2. Applicants must not be one of the following
  • Japanese government (and other national institutions)
  • Japanese local municipalities (including municipal schools and university and other municipal institutions)
  • Japanese independent administrative institutions
  • Japanese local independent administrative institutions (hereinafter referred to as “government institutions etc.”
  • Educational institutions, and research institutions established by government institutions, etc.
  • other organizations, groups or facilities affiliated to Japan, etc. (excluding groups that have a fixed legal status such as corporate juridical person or foundation, even though they may be an organization/group in which government institutions, etc.,have been involved)
  • Foreign governments (including their administrative organs such as ministries and agencies, etc.)
  • International organizations to which the Japanese government makes a financial contribution
  1. Applicants fulfill all the following requirements:
  • They have the capacity to implement the planned project
  • The receipts of grants or support from the Japan Foundation does not violate any local laws, regulations or ordinances (This is something that must definitely be confirmed prior to submitting an application). 
  • In principle, applying organizations/groups should possess a bank account capable of receiving the remittances of grant funds from the Japan Foundation, or should be able to establish an account prior to the disbursement of funds.

For all the details on eligibility, technicalities, and the grants’ prerequisites and requirements, please refer to the Application Guideline.