BJT Business Japanese Proficiency Test

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What is the BJT?

The BJT is a test to measure your proficiency in communicating  in the Japanese language required in business settings.

Business communication proficiency
–the ability to understand and implement the Japanese language

The communicative proficiency required in business settings involves the ability to promote a project in Japanese and explain things plainly in Japanese to others with specialties and backgrounds that differ from your own. You must also be able to ask for clarification of unclear points. In other words, it is an ability to understand and implement the Japanese language in order to cope appropriately with business issues.

The business communication proficiency is measured on a scale of 0 to 800.

The BJT is a proficiency test measuring the examinee's current communicative proficiency in business in Japanese language. The results are processed statistically based on item response theory (IRT) to produce a score from 0-800, and evaluated on a scale of six levels from J5 to J1+.The BJT can measure the absolute value of the examinee's proficiency, providing an objective grasp of changes in proficiency.

Proficiency and achievement tests

Achievement tests, which determine whether an acceptable level of achievement has been attained, are considered to be effective in testing knowledge. Such tests include the certificated public accountant exam, bar exams, and other official tests. A proficiency test, on the other hand, is best suited to producing an integrated evaluation when the measurement spectrum is broad as is the case with business communication proficiency.

Immigration authorities also use BJT scores to help determine foreigners'
eligibility for international student visas.

Immigration authorities refer to BJT scores as well as the level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test when evaluating applications submitted by foreigners entering Japan for certification of eligibility.

  • BJT score of 400 points or higher - corresponds to level 2 or higher of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (You can study in a college or university in Japan)
  • BJT score of 300 points or higher - corresponds to level 4 or higher of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) (You can study in Japanese language schools in Japan)

The BJT is utilized by many businesses and schools.


An index for recruitment or promotion

More and more Japanese businesses are actively recruiting foreigners. They utilize the BJT as an index to maximize transparency in their personnel systems.


Supporting student's career development

More and more universities are utilizing the BJT in their efforts to help students find jobs, and to set goals for academic achievement. Some universities apply BJT results to course credits.

Japanese language schools

Supporting students preparing to go to universities

BJT results are used increasingly in the evaluation of foreign students taking university entrance exams. The BJT has been adopted by some Japanese language schools as a tool with which their students preparing for the entrance exams of universities can demonstrate their proficiency in Japanese.

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