Only just found this thread again (cuz I’m an idiot) and just skimmed through it, figured I’d add my two cents.
Took N3 in Cardiff on Sunday.
And I must say it was pure torture.
No seriously, the first part went fine (I’ll reiterate everyone who’s said this before, but WaniKani works and it saved me), I’m fairly confident I got 12 out of the first 14 right even xD
Fast forward 30 minutes, part 2. I struggled so hard. I realised after that it was probably the fact that I was super tired (drove down to Cardiff for 2 hours in the morning and didn’t eat properly) and so it was just hard for me to concentrate. At the end, as a lot of you have also said, I had too much reading and too little time and never got around to actually read the passages properly, so while I’m fairly confident a lot of these answers are right, I might just have not read it properly and got it wrong because of that.
Part 3 was, well, let’s say it was all I could do to understand what the passages were even about. I seriously struggled. I’m deaf and while it’s never been an issue before (and I have taken both the N5 and N4), because it takes my brain longer to understand what I hear, I really struggled to keep up (and again, I was super tired and that doesn’t help either). Listening has always been hard for me because I haven’t really found a good way to work on it yet and I knew I would struggle but that was seriously embarrassing.
Anyway, overall I’m fairly confident I could get the 95 points to pass (I think it’s 95 points), but I’m not sure I passed the listening, so if I fail, that will be why.
All in all, not a great experience, but I’m glad I did it anyway. I only started studying specifically for the N3 when I decided to take it, back in early October I think. Beforehand I was just generally keeping up what I knew because I never had enough time. So it was probably too much to ask for the prepare for the N3 in just a couple of months.
Regardless of the outcome though, next stop is N2 in a year’s time.
Also, a quick question, while I was waiting at the test site, I overhead someone talking about the exam expiring in 2 years or so. I’ve never heard anything about that. Not that I doubt that person, but does anyone know?