Japanese Language Proficiency Test
The most widely recognised Japanese exam is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, administered by the Japanese Ministry of Education and the Japan Foundation. The test now has five levels, N1 (the most difficult) to N5. Since 2009 the test has been held in Dublin, in Dublin City University. The usual test date is the first Sunday in December, and the test fee is €50 to €60.
Information about the JLPT: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/
Information about the JLP in Ireland: http://sites.google.com/site/irelandjlpt/airurando-ri-ben-yu-neng-li-shi-yan-jlpt-2011-home-page
Business Japanese Proficiency Test (Formerly the JETRO Test)
This test will be discontinued from 2011. Details of the final tests are available from: