I passed the old JLPT 4 and 3 over 10 years ago. After that I took a third year Japanese (intermediate) course at university in the US, but then I stopped studying for a while. I’d rather not go for the new N3, even though I know it is higher than the old one I passed. A lot of Japanese universities, as far as I can tell, want to know if you have some Japanese, or if you have N1 or N2. So I want to have N2 when it comes time to apply for my next Japanese uni gig.
My plan is to just focus on Kanji and reading this year. I read about 2 articles a day on NHK’s News Web Easy. I like this popular site because I am genuinely interested in the stories, And, as with some Japanese extensive reading books I read, I know a lot of the kanji and vocab already, but the new ones help to prime me for what I’ll see later in WaniKani. I also like the idea of being regularly exposed to a lot grammar in context, so that when I do study it for the N2, it will be somewhat familiar already.
Next year I’ll start to hunker down more on grammar and test practice for N2. I plan to take N2 in July 2019, and again in December if I don’t pass the first time.
Good luck everyone who’s taking the test this year!