JLPT BC 74 | Interview with Andrew

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

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  • Dean April 9, 2012, 2:47 pm

    It’s unfortunate that I can not hear any of your questions/commentary.

  • Dean April 9, 2012, 2:52 pm

    nevermind you can disregard. I’m listening through 1 side of my headphones at work…

    • Mac April 10, 2012, 3:25 pm

      Yeah, sorry, the interview is recorded with each of us on different channels of audio. Sorry about the mix up. Maybe next time I’ll mix them together. Glad you could hear it though!

  • andrew April 15, 2012, 7:35 am

    hello, this is andrew!

    just wanted to put a plug out for those that use memrise.com or would like to study for N1

    For those that are studying the 日本語総まとめN1series, i just created an N1 memrise deck for some of the words(語彙) that I struggle with from the book. I have only put in the first chapter, but today I am updating it again to add more from the rest of the chapters.


    the link above should take you to this set and you will be on your way to learning 語彙 from N1. 😉

    • Mac April 17, 2012, 2:32 pm

      Thanks for adding this course. I know a lot of people are looking for some good resources to study for the N1, so this is one more feather to put in my cap.

      Thanks again for the interview as well!

      I hope we can get through N1 this year!

  • ALEC April 17, 2012, 11:10 pm

    Hi Mac,

    Thank you for this interview with Andrew. I think we all learned a thing or two from here. I am also going for N1 this year. The overall passing score for this level is 100 and not 90. Just my two cents 🙂


    • Mac April 23, 2012, 5:13 am

      Oh no, did we say 90 instead of 100? I totally knew that I think. 😉 Thanks for reminding me! N1 is tricky test for sure. Let’s all try our best!

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