The countdown continues as we are a week away from the N5 test. There isn’t a mock test or practice test available for the N5, so there have been a lot of people asking questions about it. I thought I’d spend this episode and next week’s episode going over the test and the different sections of it.
There are 3 main sections of the exam, kanji and vocabulary, grammar section and the listening section. They are 25 minutes, 50 minutes, and 30 minutes long respectively. Although there are breaks in between these sections.
The kanji and vocabulary section consists of 4 different types of questions, kanji reading, orthography, contextually-defined expressions, and paraphrase questions. The best way to prepare for these is with drills. There isn’t much vocabulary you need to know for N5 (only about 450 words). You only need to know around a 100 kanji too.
The grammar section of the exam consists of 3 different type of questions, grammar form selecting questions, sentence composition questions, and text grammar questions. These will test your ability to choose the correct grammar needed for each blank. Pay attention to conjugations and sentence order for these.
Action Steps –
1) Did you go over the sample questions at the official JLPT website?
2) What kind of questions do think are the most difficult?
Music by Kevin MacLeod