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.

ManilaTest venueAteneo de Manila University (Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Heights Campus, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108)
Test datesOctober 27,28,31, from November 2 to 17, 2019
(SUITE 308  Centro Maximo D Jakosalem St, Cebu City, Philippines)
Test datesOctober 26, 27, 28, November 5, 6, 7, 2019
DavaoTest venueAteneo de Davao University (6th Flr, Rm F613C, Computer Lab, Finster Hall, Ateneo de Davao University, Roxas, Street, 8016 Davao City,  Philippines.)
Test datesOctober 29,30,2019
Test feePHP1,500(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 IdentificationPlease 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.