Episode 3 – JLPT N5 Overview

JLPT N5 OverviewThe 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

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  • Lucy February 17, 2011, 5:57 am


    Thanks for putting so much effort into these podcasts and your website! I just got my results today, and I passed! Even though I kinda expected to anyway, the information here really helped me feel a lot more prepared about what the test would be like! Thanks for your help!

    • Mac February 17, 2011, 4:24 pm

      No problem Lucy!

      It’s great to hear from readers like you. Sometimes I feel like I’m publishing things out into a ‘vacuum’. I’m glad you passed the N5? and I wish you luck on the N4. It’s a bit of a step up, but I’m sure you can do it if you did really well on the N5 last year.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Kolitha bandara November 11, 2012, 6:13 pm


    • Mac November 18, 2012, 3:12 am

      Is the podcast too fast?

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