Registration for all levels of the JLPT has finally moved into the 21st century. Beginning now, you can register online for the test, and new forms of payment–credit card, convenience store payment or furikomi–are available. Of course, if you like wasting your nenkyu at the the post office, the old system of mail application is still in place.
Test registration for the July 1, 2012 test won’t open until April, but I decided to give the new MyJLPT system a try. See my screenshots and explanations of the system below the cut.
Choose “Acquisition of MyJLPT” if you’re on the English site or “MyJLPT IDの取得” in Japanese.
You must decide to register as an individual or a group; teachers may find the latter useful for signing up a class of 10 students or more.
You’re next asked to choose the language of the site. Note: I have not found a way to change the language after this point. The application process and your MyJLPT homepage will only be available in the language you choose here.
Fill in your personal information and decide whether or not to receive emails from JEES.
You’ll receive an email to confirm your registration. Click the link in the email and follow the instructions to receive a second email that contains your MyJLPT ID. You can access your account with this ID and the password you specified during login.
Since registration for the July test is not yet open, the MyJLPT homepage only offers options to see information about upcoming tests. Beginning from the next administered test, however, there will also be an option to send your past results to potential employers or schools. Pretty slick!
I’m definitely looking forward to registering under the new system. No more frantic trips to the post office during business hours just so I can mail off my money before 4pm.
Joanna Clark is a second year ALT in Kahoku City who has suffered through the old registration system three times.