Vietnamese language test in Japan sees record number of candidates

Nearly 900 Japanese candidates participated in the 7th Vietnamese-language proficiency test, which was held at the Japan College of Foreign Languages in Tokyo on June 16. According to organisers, this is a record number so far.

The candidates come from 39 localities across Japan, who study or do jobs relating to Vietnamese. They include Vietnamese language students at universities, translators, and those who want to explore Vietnam and Vietnamese people, especially Vietnamese food.

The average age of the candidates is about 40, while the oldest candidate is 86 years old, and the youngest one is just 8 years old.

The Vietnamese-language proficiency test is divided into 6 levels, with the 6th level is for beginners.

The association of Southeast Asian nations’ foreign language exchange in Japan holds the test annually, offering Japanese learners a playground to test their Vietnamese language proficiency, except in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vietnamese language proficiency test aims to standardize and popularize the Vietnamese language in Japan. The 8th edition of the test is scheduled for June 15, 2025./.