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Episode 4 – N5 Overview Part 2

JLPT N5 OverviewLast week I went over the first half of the N5 test.  I talked about the kanji and vocabulary sections as well as the grammar section of the test.  If you missed out on last week’s episode, I encourage you to go back and give it a listen as I’ll be continuing on with the last part of the test in this podcast.

In the reading section of the grammar and reading section there is a total of 6 questions.  Nobody knows for sure, but these questions are probably weighed more than the grammar section of the test.  That means that getting one of these wrong will take more off your grade, so these should be taken seriously.

The first 3 questions will be over 3 short reading passages.  The next two questions will be over a medium-sized passage (I’m guessing).  The final question in this section is a information retrieval question.  This involves retrieving a date, time, or other information from a flyer, brochure or something similar.

The last section of the test is listening.  This whole section lasts 30 minutes.  It is also the one section that has changed the most from the old tests, so be careful if you are studying past tests.

The listening section has a total of 24 questions.  The first 7 questions will be task-based questions.  You will be given a picture or a set of 4 pictures and you must choose the correct thing in the picture or simply the correct picture.  This typically involves picking out a particular person, an object or a set of objects.

The next 6 questions involve you answering a question that they give you before the conversation starts.  They will give you time before the conversation starts to read the answers so don’t panic.  After that, there are  5 utterance questions .  In that section, you will see a picture for each question and you need to choose the correct phrase the person in the picture could be saying.

To finish the listening section off, there are 6 quick response questions.  Here they will start you off with a phrase and you must choose the appropriate response to that first sentence.

In the listening section, please be sure to take plenty of notes in your NATIVE language.  You want to be able to get it down on paper as soon as you can.

Don’t forget the action steps!  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Action Steps –

1) Do you feel prepared for the JLPT?
2) What would you have done differently?

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  • Jo December 1, 2011, 6:53 pm

    I would have started going over what I thought I knew sooner, instead of putting it off until a month before the exam then panicking last minute!!

    Thank you for this website and your recourses, they have made me a lot more confident in myself and enjoy revising these past few weeks!

    • Mac December 4, 2011, 3:28 pm

      No problem Jo!

      I think it is hard to focus on the test all year, and it is good to do some more ‘natural’ studying (i.e. not from a book). I usually pick up one of my weaknesses to focus on through out the year, and then start studying for the test 2 or 3 months out, because you need both the prep work from the drill books and just natural exposure to the language to pass. You can’t do just one.

      I hope you did well on the test!

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