I often get questions about where to find past tests for the new ‘N’ tests. You see before 2010, the JEES published old tests a couple of months after they were administered. This was a great advantage because you could just take an old test to see if you could pass and then go and take the real test.
It was so useful actually, that too many people went about studying this way and became really good at taking the test. This was a problem because well, the test is suppose to measure your level of Japanese not your ability to take a test. So, they revised the test to be more practical, and stopped publishing previous exams.
Initially, to help people study and get a feel for the test, they made a JLPT N4 Practice Test available for free. This was pretty handy because it gave you at least two examples of every question, but it wasn’t a full test. You couldn’t really get your timing down or anything.
Official Workbook = Franken-Test
They just recently released what they are calling Official Workbooks though. I’ve already released a version of the JLPT N5 Official Workbook that has some notes I made to help you get a better feel for the exam, but I thought I would release the N4 Official Workbook, so that those of you taking it this December could get a chance to practice with it before the big day.
The best part of these workbooks is that they are made up of previous test questions so should be pretty dead on for the level of the exam.
Also, they are completely free.
So, definitely give them a try if you haven’t already.
If you don’t have the time to do a full test, remember, I still have the much shorter JLPT N4 Practice Test (that is also free) you can take instead.
Or, if you are taking the N5, pick up the official workbook from the previous blog post. Or if you are taking N3, N2, or N1, pick up the official workbooks at the main JEES site.
Here’s the Goods
Here is the giant wad of stuff:
Again, I separated out the 4 large audio files into separate CD tracks for each question, so that it is a lot easier to review. I even included the muzak break!
If you love downloading things separately, here are all the files:
If you are pressed for time, the much shorter older JLPT N4 Practice Test is also still available.
Also, if you prefer a hard copy, so that you can doodle on it and take notes, you can pick up the printed copy of the Official JLPT N4 Workbook here.
What you are Standing Around here for?
Go forth and take this practice test. Download it and give it a whirl, you really don’t have anything to lose. Let me know how you did in the comments.