The JLPT is conducted twice a year in most of Asia, and today was the day of the summer JLPT. It also happens to be the middle of rainy season, so there was a huge thunderstorm in the middle of the test that kept us inside, making for a very interesting test taking experience.
Sorry that you haven’t heard from me in a while. I have been very busy working on a new study book for the N5 that will be published sometime next year. I have been basically spending every moment of free time doing research and writing for that book, so I haven’t been able to blog in awhile.
It’s because I was writing the book for the N5 that I took the test today. I passed the N2 a long time ago, and tried the N1 a few times, before changing my study goals. So, I haven’t taken the test for about 2 years. Today though, instead of taking the N2 or N1, I took the N5 so that I can get an idea of what the real test is like.
Amazingly, the testing facility for the N5 this time was the exact same place I took the N1, at Kyoto University, which is short train ride away.
Studying for the Test
Unlike other levels of the test, I feel like if you study the materials for N5 and master it all, there won’t be a lot of surprises. The test has gotten a little more difficult than its predecessor the 四級, but for the most part it covers a lot of the same stuff.
In writing my new N5 book, I basically read through every single N5 book I could get my hands on including a lot of practice tests. Since the material is rather limited, there are a lot of patterns to the questions that come up again and again. I used a lot of those formulas to then write test questions for the book.
One of the main reasons why I wanted to take the test today was to see if those formulas were correct and if I could use them to get a perfect score on the test.
Did it work?
Well, I’ll have to wait until the last Tuesday of August, when the results come out, to see. I feel confident that I got a near perfect score on the vocabulary, grammar, and reading sections, but my focus faded a little in the listening. I had to make some guesses.
Later tomorrow, when the test is over for everyone around the world, I’ll post so more details about the N5 – new words that popped up, some tricky questions that held me up, and other info, so be sure to stop by. In the meantime, let me know what your experience was like in the comments below.