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    Past JLPT Tests

    By thomas | September 11, 2008

    The best way to prepare for the JLPT test is to take as many past JLPT tests as possible.  Some of these are sold commercially, but wouldn’t it be nice to have 17 years worth of tests to practice with?

    [Updated January 20, 2011]
    I’ve received several comments that some old links are dead.  Here is where you can find tests:

    Tests – this link has all tests from 1992-2009. To get answers+audio, simply register for the site. Registration is free. Once you are logged in, use the same link to download tests and the answers will be included in the generated page.

    Listening sound files (option 2)

    Reader Miki sent in this link to find answers:

    You can find some answers and tests on this chinese website [ed: box in the right column]:
    Choose your desired level (一级 = level 1, 二级 = level 2, 三级 = level 3, 四级 = level 4) & year, then click 答案 (answer).
    For example, you can find the answers to 2007 JLPT 3 exam here:
    Ganbatte ne!

    Looks like they have answers up through 2007. Thanks Miki

    The place to go is

    Everything you need is right there on the front page.  The first column is level 1.  The last column is level 4.   Links to the sound files for the listening part of the tests are at the bottom of each column (red links with “MP3″ in them).  Answers are given at the end of each test.

    If you find that 51gzw’s fonts drive you crazy, you can also find past tests here.  Just manually change the test year and test level in the URL to the test you want to take.   Test papers from this site include the scripts for the listening part.

    Finally, another place to find the audio files for the listening section is here.

    Thanks to hohomichi for the tip!

    Good luck on the test!

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    54 Responses to “Past JLPT Tests”

    1. Says:
      September 11th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

      Past JLPT Tests |…

      Are you taking the JLPT this year? A great way to prepare for the test is to take past exams. Where can you find past exams, lots of them, online, for free? Read and find out!…

    2. Nick Ramsay Says:
      September 11th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

      This is the best hack ever. Thanks Thomas and hohomichi!

    3. Jon Says:
      September 11th, 2008 at 6:26 pm

      I just wanted to thank you so much! :)
      I’m not quite ready to take the level 4 yet, but I hope to soon.

    4. Tom Says:
      September 11th, 2008 at 9:13 pm


    5. Mokona Says:
      September 12th, 2008 at 6:54 am

      Yup, that’s a great way to prepare for JLPT. I didn’t want to read/study all the texts I bought, so I did all the past papers. And when I figured I didn’t fail any of the past papers, I sorta stop reviewing XP

    6. Website with 17 Years of Past Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) « Kitsune’s Thoughts Says:
      September 13th, 2008 at 1:34 am

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    7. Nani Says:
      October 13th, 2008 at 10:33 am

      Great links! However, for esnips, aren’t there any mp3s for level 4? Mostly are for levels 1, 2 and 3. Hope you can help me out!! We barely have 2 months to go before the JLPT. :)

    8. anne Says:
      October 14th, 2008 at 10:38 am

      million thanks to you!

    9. ron Says:
      October 20th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks for the links! They’re a great help! Only problem is I can’t find the answers. For the most recent tests on the answers don’t come up and I can’t find any answers on

    10. thomas Says:
      October 20th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

      @ron: Try this link and manually change the url to the level and year you want the answers for:

    11. ron Says:
      October 21st, 2008 at 1:53 pm

      thanks, thomas. I’d found that one. Unfortunately, the next level 1 answer sheet that comes up after that isn’t until 2000. I was hoping to find answers to the most recent tests.

    12. ron Says:
      October 21st, 2008 at 5:29 pm

      Got em!

      (registration is free. takes like 2 seconds)

    13. shishi Says:
      November 7th, 2008 at 9:41 am

      Thanks for your tips. But why cant I open the audio file on this website for the listening part ? Can anyone help me ?
      Thank you !

    14. bobby Says:
      May 4th, 2009 at 10:35 am

      I know I’m posting this about halfway into 2009, half a year after this post, but I tried accessing the 51gzw site. However, all I’m getting is;

      Directory Listing Denied

      This Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed.

      Does this mean the site is down? I mean, I really would like to find some past papers as I’m taking the lvl 2 test this year.

      Thanks in advance!


    15. thomas Says:
      May 4th, 2009 at 10:42 am

      @Bobby: try this site: just change the level and year in the url to get the different tests.

      Or you can find them here:

    16. Prem Says:
      May 11th, 2009 at 6:49 am

      Try this site

    17. jim Says:
      June 17th, 2009 at 2:29 am

      as bobby said I am also not able to see ny of the contents can soembody help?

    18. Linkf1 Says:
      June 19th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

      I have problems too watching the pages.

      This page doesn´t work, the link is nor broken but ti doesn´t appear nothing. I have already changed the year and even the level but nothing happens. Could someone please tell me what to do?

    19. Christine Says:
      June 21st, 2009 at 2:14 pm

      I also have problems with both sites…
      seems completely empty although I also tried different years and levels. has this error message
      Directory Listing Denied
      This Virtual Directory does not allow contents to be listed.

      Please can someone help?
      Thank you all in advance.

    20. rav Says:
      August 29th, 2009 at 12:17 pm

      Hiii…thank you soo much for this sharing…im preparing myself to level 2 in this December..i jst wanna get the listening part of 2008..
      will be soo great full..
      thank you

    21. Simon Says:
      September 28th, 2009 at 6:42 am

      Hi, those links mentioned are no longer valid. Is there anyone have the 2001 Level 3 paper? If yes, could you kindly send it to me at Thank you very much in advance.

    22. Dhitika Says:
      October 4th, 2009 at 11:01 am is not longer a Website, and
      etc do not have the chokai mp3 files… can someone pls suggest another site?

    23. thomas Says:
      October 4th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for the comments everybody. I’ve updated the post with new links where you can find the tests (with answers) and sound files.

    24. Tweets that mention Past JLPT Tests | -- Says:
      October 4th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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    25. baka_deshi Says:
      October 7th, 2009 at 12:42 am

      This is the best! Thanks! ^^,

      By the way, how do we calculate the scores? =) Does anyone know the points breakdown for each year, particularly in Level 2?

      Big thanks! =)

    26. wee choon Says:
      October 17th, 2009 at 9:28 am

      actually i cant find the answer of past year jlpt 4 question ? anyone can teach me hw to solve this ? ty very much

    27. Amoru Says:
      October 22nd, 2009 at 10:26 am

      Where I will get the answers of the JLPT Level 3?
      I have downloaded the question paper but how I will check?

    28. thomas Says:
      October 22nd, 2009 at 12:55 pm

      I thought the answers where tacked onto the end of the question papers

    29. bbmack Says:
      October 25th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

      hi! thanks for the 2kyuu resources!

      i since i travel a lot, i tried to print a copy of the pdf files but i can’t seem to print anything. the problem is that printers cannot capture the pdf contents. any help on this one? thanks!

    30. chittoyk Says:
      November 8th, 2009 at 6:11 am

      hi! thanks for sharing links of the old exams.. would you know where we could get the answer keys for level 3? thanks.. both for the written and listening exams pls.. thanks!

    31. Lu Says:
      November 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks so much for this great post!!! Just what I was looking for, to prepare! Jlpt we are coming….

    32. jang Says:
      November 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 am

      Can i find correct answer?
      The answer in the PDF is not enought.

    33. kuyki Says:
      November 26th, 2009 at 7:26 am

      Dear All

      I’m looking for JLPT 3 listening test mp3, does anyone know where to download it?

    34. yogesh patil Says:
      November 27th, 2009 at 6:34 am

      I want 2007 level 4 chyokai test paper and also audio file.
      This site content only audio file of 2007 level 1.
      Please if anybody has this then share the link

      Thank you.

    35. hangingbyathread Says:
      December 3rd, 2009 at 6:52 am

      I think this has been posted on the comment area but I dont seem to find any answers on the new link provided. any help would be very much appreciated.

    36. thomas Says:
      December 3rd, 2009 at 9:46 am

      @hangingbyathread: answers should be included in the test PDF, tacked on at the end. I didn’t check all the tests, but the ones I’ve peeked at randomly had the answer key at the end.

    37. hangingbyathread Says:
      December 4th, 2009 at 2:36 am

      @thomas thanks for you reply. but ive downloaded 4 files already and this seems to be the condition.
      *2008-3none0082.pdf – no answer
      *2007-3hjui8967.pdf – no answer
      *2006-3hjfgsdrt.pdf – no answer
      *2005-3oiuyfrvb.pdf -

    38. hangingbyathread Says:
      December 4th, 2009 at 2:37 am

      *2005-3oiuyfrvb.pdf – with answers

    39. Miki Says:
      December 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

      You can find some answers and tests on this chinese website:
      Choose your desired level (一级 = level 1, 二级 = level 2, 三级 = level 3, 四级 = level 4) & year, then click 答案 (answer).
      For example, you can find the answers to 2007 JLPT 3 exam here:
      Ganbatte ne!

    40. zenonlouie Says:
      March 22nd, 2010 at 10:30 am

      hmmm can u sent me the answer of 2008 3kyuu?
      ill wait 4 ur reply…. thnkz

    41. kimo Says:
      May 16th, 2010 at 1:00 pm

      thanks a lot!really helpful!tasukeraremashita!! ;)

    42. benjo Says:
      November 11th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks for putting this up there, it’s a great help.

      Does anyone know how to get the answers you want, for example from sankyuu 2005 from this url given above?

      The level comes from the last number(4) but I can’t figure out how to get the year from 28500…

    43. benjo Says:
      November 11th, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Sorry, classic case of not reading instructions properly. Found them!

    44. Em Says:
      November 12th, 2010 at 8:30 am

      Guys, i even found a page on the website to calculate your scores!

      the first one with this character 词 is for your VOCABS

      听力 is LISTENING

      while the one with bunpou is of course bunpou.

      How do you compute? just enter in the text box with zero as default the number of your incorrect answers. :) and voila!you see if you pass.

    45. brainycomet Says:
      December 3rd, 2010 at 2:25 am

      Does anyone knows where I can get JLPT 2009 Level 4 listening files? I have got the papers but don’t have the listening files. Thanks ahead

    46. Rema Says:
      December 26th, 2010 at 5:50 am

      Can any one tell me where to find N2 July and Dec 2010 paper with answers?

    47. ashadar Says:
      May 13th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      All the links are dead again.. can you please post a new one? I really need to take the exam this year.

    48. ele Says:
      May 18th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

      Hello There!
      I’m going to take N4 or maybe N3 next december! but all the past tests links I know, are not working anymore ;(
      Help please ;A;
      Can anyone upload them??? pleaseeeee!!!

    49. ele Says:
      May 18th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      Hello There!
      I’m going to take N4 or maybe N3 next december! but all the past tests links I know, are not working anymore ;(
      Help please ;A;
      Can anyone upload them??? please u.u

    50. Swu Says:
      June 2nd, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Thomas, I just check the website for it’s not working anymore. New one is here:!jlptindex.jsp

      However, I am still not able to get the pdf eventhough I am logged in. Previously I was able to download pdf and voice clips after login.

      Can anyone try out? It does not have N4 and/or N5 for 2009 and 2010.

    51. Anne Says:
      June 11th, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Hello, does anyone know any new link with old JLPT tests? is not working… any other options? I’d greatly appreciate any help!

    52. joynesse Says:
      August 28th, 2011 at 6:07 am

      can any help me????can you give me some sites where i can find the all sets of japanese exam for yonkyuu????i really2 need it….plllzzz/

    53. kougas Says:
      October 10th, 2011 at 3:35 am is down now, anyone have past year JLPT test? please upload to filesharing so an other person can download it

    54. OtakuLogan Says:
      October 20th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

      Updated 2011 link is down.

      Thanks for the page!!