I took the N4 yesterday! It was my first JLPT. It was basically just as difficult as I expected it to be – but like a lot of people the listening section was by far the hardest. If I don’t pass it will definitely be due to that section.
Yeah, I took it at MIT in Boston, and not only was I surprised at how lenient the proctors were, but I was dumbfounded at how unprepared many of the people taking the test were. Multiple people forgot to bring pencils ! And the proctors had a bunch of extras that they were just handing out. (and there I was, worried that because I didn’t bring an eraser separate from my actual pencils that I might not be allowed in ).
They also had a timeanddate.com clock projected for everyone to see.
Hey, I took the JLPT at MIT yesterday too. I took the N5 and I agree that the listening section was by far the hardest, but my friend who took the N2 felt like listening was way easier than the reading section, which they don’t give enough time for. Apparently they also didn’t have the timeanddate.com projected in that room so it must’ve varied by proctor.