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.

Manila Test venue Prometric Test Center (2nd Floor Ateneo de Manila University, 130 HV Dela Costa St. Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227, Manila)
Test dates January 9, 10, 12 , 14-17, 19, 21-24, 28-31 2020
(SUITE 308  Centro Maximo D Jakosalem St, Cebu City, Philippines)
Test dates January 12-14, 24-27 2020
Davao Test venue Ateneo de Davao University (6th Flr, RM F600, Computer Lab, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas, Street, 8016 Davao City,  Philippines.)
Test dates January 16, 17, 18 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.
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 “@.” ).


What job skills are accepted?

The fourteen sectors that are accepted under the Specified Skilled Worker Type 1 Visa are: Nursing care, Building cleaning, Materials processing, Industrial machinery, Electronics and electronic machinery, Construction, Shipbuilding, Vehicle maintenance, Airport ground handling and care maintenance, Accommodation, Agriculture, Fishery, Manufacture of food products and beverages, and Restaurant services.

What are the qualifications necessary to apply?

Please refer to the guidelines issued by the Department of Labor and Employment.

What type of test questions are there?

JFT-Basic is a computer-based test (CBT) that will have 60 items you will need to do in 60 minutes. It has four sections: Script and Vocabulary, Conversation and Expression, Listening Comprehension, and Reading Comprehension.

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


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





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

Related guideline and files can be downloaded.


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.


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.