Does WaniKani cover all of the kanji I need for passing the N1 level?

Do you think I should use another application / a third party app for it? Please detail

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  1. No, WK does not cover all the N1 level kanji. It covers roughly 79% of N1 kanji.
  2. This is not a problem though. The missing kanji are in general much rarer and passing N1 implies much much more than knowing a few more kanji. Not only are these lists not even official, but you might end up not seeing a single of these missing ones in the exam. Things like vocabulary and grammar matter a lot more.
  3. You’ll eventually want to use another application to learn vocabulary. Once past the beginner stage, vocabulary becomes much more important to develop your Japanese ability over learning a few more kanji. Wanikani is a quality tool to learn kanji, but doesn’t cover all the relevant vocabulary. You’ll want to use other tools to learn grammar and vocabulary.
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…and there is no official “N1 kanji list” anyway. (Edit: which you said. Clearly I should work on my English reading comprehension :slight_smile: ) The test setters use whatever kanji and vocabulary they think an N1 level student would or should know. Any “N1” lists you find online are just somebody’s guesses, based if you’re lucky on past tests and likely on the official lists from the old pre-N version of the test.

As somebody who has passed N1 I entirely agree that kanji are not a very important part of it. Being able to read (and correspondingly the grammar and vocab knowledge required for that) are much more important. Once you’ve got a basic sense of how kanji work and what their component parts are then I find there is no need to study them individually – they come along for the ride as you learn vocabulary. (If you’re interested in learning to write by hand things are different.)

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