Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese (JFT-Basic)

The Japan Foundation Test for Basic Japanese (JFT-Basic) is a language proficiency test designed to evaluate the basic Japanese language skills of non-native speakers. It is particularly relevant for those who wish to work in Japan under the Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) program.

Purpose of JFT

The JFT-Basic assesses the language skills necessary for daily life and work in Japan. It is aimed at individuals seeking to obtain residence status under the SSW program

Test Components

The test evaluates four key areas:

  • Reading Comprehension: Understanding written Japanese.
  • Listening Comprehension: Understanding spoken Japanese.
  • Grammar: Basic grammatical knowledge.
  • Vocabulary: Understanding and use of basic vocabulary
Format and Duration:

The test consists of multiple-choice questions. It typically takes around 60 minutes to complete.

Levels and Scoring:

The JFT-Basic is designed to assess proficiency at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), which indicates basic ability to communicate in everyday situations. The scoring reflects the test taker's ability to perform basic tasks in Japanese.

Eligibility and Application:

The test is open to non-native speakers of Japanese who are seeking to work in Japan. Applicants can register for the test through the Japan Foundation's official website or affiliated testing centers

Relevance to the SSW Program:

Passing the JFT-Basic is one of the requirements for obtaining a Specified Skilled Worker visa. It demonstrates that the applicant has the necessary language skills to function in a Japanese work environment..

Importance for SSW Candidates

For those applying for the Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) visa, achieving a certain JFT level is often a requirement. The test ensures that candidates can effectively perform their job duties and integrate into Japanese society.

Preparation and Resources

Candidates can prepare for the JFT using various resources, including textbooks, online courses, practice tests, and language schools. Familiarity with the test format and consistent practice are key to success.

Registration and Test Dates

The JFT is held multiple times a year at designated test centers worldwide. Candidates can register online through the official JFT website. Test dates, registration deadlines, and fees vary by location.

Results and Certification

Test results are typically available a few weeks after the exam. Successful candidates receive a certificate indicating their proficiency level, which can be used for job applications, visa processes, and educational purposes.

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