JLPT Challenge 2014!


The other day at work a few of my colleagues and I made a decision… we’re going to take the JLPT next July! Having missed the deadline for the text this December (and being in no way prepared for it anyway), next July seems like a reasonable goal. It’ll be fun to all go up to London together and support each other – I’m quite looking forward to it, even though I hate taking tests!

For anyone who doesn’t know, the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test, or 日本語能力試験 / Nihongo Nōryoku Shiken) is “a standardized criterion-referenced test to evaluate and certify Japanese language proficiency for non-native speakers, covering language knowledge, reading ability, and listening ability. The test is held twice a year in Japan and selected countries (on the first Sunday of July and December), and once a year in other regions (on the first Sunday of December)” (Wikipedia) There are 5 levels, with N5 being the lowest and N1 the highest.

Until the end of 2009 there were only 4 levels of the test, and in December 2009 I took and passed level 3. however, since the levels have changed now, and my Japanese is very rusty, I think it’s sensible to try for level N3 in July. Some of my colleagues will be aiming for N2 and even N1, but I’m happy going in a bit lower and seeing how I do.

It’s going to be quite a challenge to get back into studying again, but I need something like this to push me and give me a reason to study. I’d love to hear from all of you about how you study and what methods and resources you use – please leave a comment below and let me know what’s worked for you!


21 thoughts on “JLPT Challenge 2014!

  1. いいねアリ!I was thinking about taking N3 next summer too! So maybe I’ll see you there 🙂 Although I’ve been studying on my own for a while now, I think for the test I might actually take some lessons geared towards passing N3. I don’t think I’d be able to do it otherwise >_<


  2. Good luck! ^___^
    I took the test only once – right when they have changed to the new level here in Japan (other countries came later), so I think I was one of the first people to take the new test, but I’m not sure. That’s been many years ago and I took and passed N2 back then.

    Never bothered taking N1, but maybe I should give it a try. *g*
    You never know what it’s good for. 😉


  3. I also took and passed level 3 before the change. I considered going for N3 this year, but had no time to study. Now that my daughter is speaking, she’s speaking mostly Japanese. I need to study! And that means I’d like to challenge N3 next summer if I can.


  4. Like you, I passed “old” L3 a few years ago. I gave up then as I was a bit daunted by the amount of Kanji required for “old” L2 so I’m interested in how you find the N3 level.

    When I studied for the “old” L3 I managed to buy some previous year’s test papers and CDs (on Amazon, if my memory is working) which were really useful as I knew what to expect in the actual exam. I’m not sure if these are available for the new levels though, however I expect that they can be found somewhere on the internet.

    Good luck!


  5. Good luck!! (^^) I’m taking N2 in December, although I am far from prepared eek! I’m thinking of it more as a motivation to study than anything, plus it was one of my New Year resolutions so I guess I have to do it! haha. I like watching j-dramas to help with listening and learn more vocab, and I use ‘Anki’ to memorise kanji. Wouldn’t it be nice to have things uploaded into our brain like in the Matrix!!


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  7. Getting a hold of some of the past tests and taking practice test with a timer will really let you know where you stand. A company called White Rabbit Press has lots of JLPT study materials from Japan. Good luck.


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