JLPT Success!


As you’ll know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, back in July I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) level N4. It was difficult, and I didn’t feel very confident after taking the test, but today the scores were released and…

☆★☆I passed!!!☆★☆

It was such a relief to know that all the hard work was worth it, and to know that my Japanese has improved (or at least hasn’t got any worse!).

The scoring system is a little complicated, and I don’t fully understand it, but I got 61/120 on ‘language knowledge’ (vocabulary/grammar and reading) and 45/60 on the listening section. My overall score was 106/180.

On N4, the overall pass mark is 90 points, so I only just made it!

As promised, now I have passed N4 I will begin studying for N3, and I’ll take that in July 2015.

JLPT N3 textbooks

JLPT N3 textbooks



27 thoughts on “JLPT Success!

  1. It’s been 6 years since I took JLPT, and that was before it changed. I passed the level 3 test (which is now N4). Never did get around to studying more and going for N3, though.

    Congrats on passing!


  2. Congratulations! I’ll be taking my N3 in December (because Sydney only offers the exam once a year).

    Good luck with your N3 prep! I’ve used the Matsoume books – they’re good, but a little brief. The exercises are also a little on the easy side, so I recommend supplementing your study with other resources too ^^


    • I’m so surprised Sydney only offers the exam once a year! I thought it would be the same as the UK. Good luck with N3, and thanks for the advice about the textbooks! 🙂


  3. Congrats! ^____^
    That’s great. 🙂

    I only took the JLPT once about 4 years ago. That was right after they had changed to the new system. I think it was the first N2 ever, so it was a bit hard to study for it as nobody really knew exactly what to expect.
    I passed.

    Apart from the grammar, I probably could have passed N1 right afterwards, but I somehow stopped studying and didn’t care anymore.

    I wish I would have done N1 as well. ^^;;


      • I haven’t studied in ages and I just know that I couldn’t do the grammar part well. I also have forgotten lots of vocab and kanji by now.
        Speaking and listening has never been a problem and as I’m doing it every day (even in Kansai dialect) it has improved a lot, but passing the test is a different story. ^^;;


    • Thanks hon! 😀 It’s so hard to fit study in, isn’t it? But every little counts, and at least you’re surrounded by Japanese every day! It’s really hard to fit it in here in the UK! (>_<)


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