Finally passed N2! (Third attempt, spread over 6 years)
This time I basically ignored test prep and grammar except the week before the test I refreshed myself on the test and question formats.
Instead I did WK and spent a lot more time reading: news articles (often reading aloud with a tutor), manga, anime and games with Japanese subtitles for fun.
I know I missed a couple “easy” questions in the Vocab/Grammar section due to mixing up kanji radicals and not studying grammar or specifically for the test at all over the last 2 years, and obviously that section wasn’t a clear pass, but I still feel like my actual Japanese knowledge has really improved.
And this also helps direct my study better going forward, since I know I’ll want to concentrate more on kanji and grammar in addition to reading.
So true! I feel like every listening dialogue on the test is missing the final sentence. Like:
“So, our next Sunday off, should we do A, B, C?”
"Well, A is… "
< test question: what will they do next Sunday? >
“Okay, we’ll do C, then. See you Sunday!”
I sadly can’t make the Summer JLPT, that one always ends up right before some exam This is the only reason I don’t want to take the N1 200 days after the N2, anyone saying otherwise is lying
However, @Scylie is currently very enthusiastic about taking the N1 in December, and after partially talking her into the N2 I feel like I have no choice but to agree, so… This clearly means you all need to take it with us again @NicoleIsEnough@downtimes@RvNovae
The high of passing has not quite worn off yet, that’s probably a horrible time for any kind of decision making
But I’m up for it. Would be just for fun and not really a serious attempt to pass (), but
It’s lower than that – for N5 the sectional pass marks are 38/120 and 19/60, and you need 90/180 overall. (The way the scores are calculated means that doesn’t correspond to “33% of questions answered correctly”, which is why you find other higher %s floating around in the test-taker lore for what might be a passing mark for practice tests etc.)
A massive congratulations to everyone who has passed! Some impressive looking scores on here!
I’m very happy to say I passed the N5, I was a little worried after the reading section but my vocabulary/grammar score really carried me through. I used WaniKani for about 2 months before sitting the exam and I’m excited that this is a way I am able to learn and retain kanji after so many years of struggling.
I hope to sit the N4 this summer and spend a lot more time focusing on listening and reading.