~ JLPT 2020 ~

Shamelessly copypasta-ing @irrelephant’s 2019 thread because I noticed one for 2020 doesn’t seem to exist yet.


July: 5th of July 2020
December: 6th of December 2020

Official website.
Sample tests.

My N3 Resources
Resources poll

Are you planning on taking the JLPT this year? Why or why not?
When, where, which level?
How are you preparing for it? Is there anything you’ve learned from previous attempts that made your change your approach for your next attempt?

Feel free to share study tips and advise or ask questions.

For me, I passed the N4 in December 2018, took last year to refresh and just review, and I’m planning on taking the dive into N3 this December!

Are you planning on taking the JLPT in July 2020?

  • Yes, N5
  • Yes, N4
  • Yes, N3
  • Yes, N2
  • Yes, N1
  • No
  • Unsure

0 voters

Are you planning on taking the JLPT in December 2020?

  • Yes, N5
  • Yes, N4
  • Yes, N3
  • Yes, N2
  • Yes, N1
  • No
  • Unsure

0 voters

Have you previously taken the JLPT?

  • Yes
  • No

0 voters

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If I passed N1, then it’ll be a No forever~~~

And if I didn’t I’ll retake it in July. :slightly_frowning_face:

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If I passed N5 this time I will try N4 in july.
Sadly I probably can‘t to the jlpt this december because of overlapping dates

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I might have passed N2 in December, but I think it might be a little crazy to commit to N1 this year. In any case I will have to work on vocab most of all, I think!

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I have similar goals–I passed N4 this past July, so I’m planning on taking N3 this year. Good luck!

I know I should already be setting a studying schedule and working through my N3 textbooks…:sweat_smile: I’d like to go in feeling more prepared and a little less frantic this time around, but I’m sure that’s unavoidable to some extent when it comes to a test like this.

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I’m interested in testing my proficiency with the JLPT, but I’ve always been rough around the edges with tests. I think if I worked at it hard enough I could 95% N5 within the next month or 2 (I learned all the N5 WK kanji and I learned all of the Bunpro N5 grammar components, so I probably just need to do more listening and reading practice), but I don’t think it would be worth it to take the N5 test in July. Maybe N4 would be more worth it, but I’m not sure how well I’ll be studying Japanese once my next college semester kicks in.

Optimistically, I would love to be able to test the N3 once December comes around, but again I’m not sure how much hard studying I’ll be able to push when I’m not in the middle of school breaks. I was able to hold up alright with WaniKani during my previous semester, but adding grammar, external vocab, listening, and additional reading practice into the mix may be a tough call.

Couple questions about JLPT: How much does it cost to take the test? Do I need to learn writing if I intend to take the JLPT?

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I’m planning on doing N5 sometime this year, not sure yet whether it’ll be July or December though. What I do know is that I’ll be doing it in Brisbane, Aus.

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The price of the test depends on your country; in Germany, it is 60 € and I believe the cost in other countries might be around the same, but not sure.
You do not need to write during the test, it is multiple choice for everything (you need to give your answers on a special answer sheet).
But do not underestimate the amount of vocab you need for the test; you can download Anki decks or the like that will give you roughly the vocab that you might encounter at each level.

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Hello everybody!

I moved to Japan few months ago. At my workplace I can hear a lot of Japanese but people generically interact in English with me. I have been studying Japanese not very regularly in the past before summer 2019 so when I arrived to Japan, late September 2019, the only things I could do was to read and write Hiragana and Katakana. Starting from this new year I will continue studying Japanese and I would like to set JLPT exam as goal.

Here a list of the tools I am using for approching Japanese studying:

-Japanese the Manga Way: it’s a grammar book that presents a lot of examples through famous manga scene. The author is Wayne P. Lammers. (Does anyone know it?)

-Wanikani: I have just subscribed for lifetime use. What level shall I reach for attempting JLPT 4?

-Wanikani community for reading club: I am following the beginner level reading group. However I feel it’s very diffucult for me and I actually can’t proceed with their pace. I just reand and translate few rows every couple of day…

-Japanese classes hold by Japanese volunteers in the city where Ilive (close to Nagoya): we have these classes every sunday exept for particular cases like holidays and so on. There I receive some material for studying and I can ask questions about anything. I have a teacher for 1.5h just for me. I usually ask about generic examples, help for interpreting book club readings and example to better understand grammar I have studied in the above mentioned grammar book.

-Friends and co-worker talks: I just random words and example, but I can not say almost anything so far. So, generically we speak english and often I just listen to them speaking Japanese.

-Wriiting kanji: I write on a workbook specifically designed for practicing kanji writings and strokes most of the Kanji I receive in my wanikani classes.

Do you think is possible to be able to try JLPT N 4 next July by using the the above mentioend tools and dedicating about 1 hour of study every two days? I study more 2 hours both saturdays and sundays.
Do you have any other suggestion for approaching JLPT N4 exam preparation? Would you invest the study time in a different way?

Thank you for your opinions!

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I might take N1 again if I’m in the country during the summer test. I have no hope of passing, though, so it’s not really a priority

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missed the one in December, wanted to do the N5, to take revenge agaisnt myself, I’ll do the N4 this December

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Even though I passed N1 last year, I might take it this year again.

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They don’t hold July examination here in Helsinki, so I have to wait til December. I suppose I will have enough N4 kanji by then, so the primary problems are grammar and vocabulary.

It’s a stretch, but if by then I have enough N3 kanji + some more vocab and grammar, I might even attempt N3.

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I will be registering for the N5 in July and, in an ideal world, I can look at perhaps taking the N4 in December should I pass in the Summer. I’m fairly confident my kanji will be adequate for each of these targets, just need to knuckle down with grammar and listening!

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I think I might be able to get to N5 level soon, I know most of the grammar and the vocabulary so I was going to do the test in July but I think I might try to do N4 in December instead.

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I’m not sure if I passed N2 this December, but even if I did I would probably go for it again. I was clearly lacking vocab, so why not.

Also we have both tests here and it doesn’t cost much or take a lot of time to get there, so I would go for both just for some motivation. And I would probably try N1 in December, just for fun xD

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I’m hoping to do N3 this year in London. I’ve failed it last year, main problem was my awful grammar. So I mainly using Bunpro, Tobira, スピードマスタ, Maggie Sensei and going through 新日本語500問 . I’m aiming for July, not sure about December yet. :slight_smile:

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I want to study for the N2 to take in 2021. But might take the N3 In December to see if I’m comfortable

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I plan to take the N5 (maybe N4 if I’m daring) in December. It will be my first JLPT attempt. As I am selfstudying. The test is a landmark to keep myself motivated.

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I plan to take N3 next December (no July test yet in France :cry:). I know it’s a long stretch, but I’m progressing quickly and I think by then I’ll be pretty capable. :crossed_fingers:

Using みんなの日本語 starting the 15th of January, self-study + some classes most definitely.

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