It is April, and it is time to start thinking about whether you want to take the July JLPT. If the test is being held in your country this July, the applications are probably out and available for you to pick up. I know they have started popping up here in Japan. I need to pick one up and apply for the big N1 and see how badly I fail.
You can check to see if the test is being held in your country at the official JLPT website. Keep in mind though that this isn’t always completely up to date so you might want to double check with the institution that puts on the test in your country to see if they are putting on the test.
Interview with Andrew
This week, I’m doing something a little different. You asked for interviews with your fellow test takers, and I’m finally going to deliver on that request. We have a very special interview with a fellow test taker that is currently living and working Japan down in Hiroshima.
Andrew passed the N2 in 2010 and tried for the N1 in 2011, but didn’t make it. I talked to him recently about what he does to study and his personal recommendations on how to prepare for the JLPT. We went over how he studied for the N1 and some good tips on how to absorb all the kanji that is required for the N1.
Be sure to give it a listen and tell me your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll be back next week with some more great information to help you pass the test!
Music by Kevin MacLeod