How does the 2018 practice paper compare in difficulty to the real N5 exam?

I have just completed the official 2018 N5 practice paper under its prescribed exam conditions.
Downloaded from the official website. Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Practice Workbook | JLPT Japanese-Language Proficiency Test

However I believe since then, a few things have changed and there is now less time and I believe, though not 100% sure, less questions.

However 2018 was 4 years ago, and this recent change happened as well.
So I am wondering for those who have sat N5 recently, how does the difficulty compare?
I passed this practice paper, but I heard rumors it is getting harder, and 4 years is quite a lot of time.



If you know the basic particles and verb conjugations, roughly 100 of the basic kanji, and a decent chunk of the kind of words you’d expect to learn when starting any language, you should be fine. Regardless of precisely how many questions there are.

I mean, I guess take that with a grain of salt, since I’ve never taken N5 (I’ve passed N4, N2, and N1), but I have looked at the practice tests. It’s the most basic content, so they don’t have a lot of wiggle room for asking you about different stuff.

1 Like

I did N5 in December 2020 and it was exactly like the test samples online / practice paper. The only recent change was (I think) that since 2020 you have a bit less time, but from what I have seen in the room back then, nobody was struggling with the time limit really.


This topic was automatically closed 365 days after the last reply. New replies are no longer allowed.