JLPT 2023 thread (Dec results out now !)

For me learning in japanese helped a lot. I think it improved my reading speed indirectly. I was sure i will need to skim over text on n3 so i was surprise di had time to read everything.
Definately countless hours of nihongo no mori course saved my butt this time and if i pass i will praise them aloud for weeks.


Took the N4, I feel okay about it lol. First time taking a JLPT test, I feel super great about the kanji/vocab, that’s always been my strongest section (thank you wanikani ^_^). I did a lot of listening practices leading up to this which really helped, I felt the fruits of that effort. I don’t know if that means I did well in the end, but I didn’t feel any stress going into it. But the grammar and reading, I feel okay on the grammar section, not my strongest, nor my weakest subject, but the reading caught me off guard. I did not pace myself correctly on either section, and the reading sections were longer than the practice tests I took. I found myself vigorously skimming the last two reading prompts and doing the best educated guesses on the last few questions.

What’s funny is that I’m really glad to over with the JLPT season because I can get back to my regular study routine and schedule. I kicked it up a notch the last two weeks focusing on JLPT test prep material, and I hate studying that way. I just want to read the stuff I want to read and listen to Japanese with no pressure looming over my head. So I’m happy to get back into that groove.


That’s exactly what happened in the JLPT I would try to translate one word I heard but couldn’t really think of in time and then I missed the whole passage :smiling_face_with_tear:

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Ahhh so many Seattle folks! We could’ve had a meet-up like our European friends did :innocent:

I was very surprised at how lax the proctoring was, I went into this expecting extreme control over every little move we made. But they had no problem with me using the desk next to me for item storage and for using earplugs, so I think it worked out for the best. Though the casual noise-making by the proctors was very infuriating since I could even hear them through my earplugs.

Come back in the spring!! UW’s cherry blossoms are just incredible


Was anyone is room SLWT for soas , I just wanted to say that the people who were running it were so so nice .

:memo: While it’s fresh, would some of you mind giving a little advice for future exam-takers about the level you just tested for? I’d like to compile your thoughts and put them in the N Threads (1/2/3/4/5) for incoming learners now that the exam season is over.

It can be as broad or specific of a note as you’d like. Maybe some things you weren’t prepared for, what you’d do differently next time, or a type of studying that ended up paying off well on the test? I’m also interested in how the test you just took compared to the previous level, if you’ve taken that one too ^^


Cross posted from Bunpro!

I took the N4 at SOAS. It was super late getting started because the door jammed or something and we got trapped in the room. I feel like they should take pity and give us extra marks for “hostage taking” levels of stress!

I am with everyone who took the N4 and said reading was super hard and or they were left with no time. I feel like the kanji/vocab and listening were easier than usual so I can probably afford to tank one of grammar or reading but not both and I can’t really remember how I did on grammar since it was a blur of rushing through picking particles trying to have enough time for reading which I still didn’t! Pray for me that they will somehow give us extra marks for reading if most people do badly but not take them away from vocab and listening if most people do well!


How’s everyone feeling wise? One of my colleagues mentioned N3 was pretty tough for him and another that N1 was hella hard.


Oh dear lol at SOAS in N5 we had a really young teacher overseeing the exam. She kept dropping things or knocking things over, and we ended up finishing 20 minutes later than we were supposed to. I wasn’t too worried though because I’m like that too and it made for more of a chilled atmosphere.

Obviously that didn’t work in your favour though lmao I will say they weren’t very organised either. The guy at the door didn’t even know there were separate lines for each level of test and was just putting people in the shortest line


I’m feeling pretty wise :sunglasses:

In all seriousness: I did N1 this time, the reading section was fine, I didn’t find it particularly difficult, although for some questions I had trouble figuring out the correct answer because at least two options would be pretty similar (which is something that happened to me in N2 as well, so I guess it’s the norm).

Grammar and vocab were fine, I think.

Listening felt hard for me, a couple of audios I didn’t even get. I think speedwise it was pretty similar to N2 (maybe a little bit faster) but the vocabulary used in some of them was a bit more specific, which is what tripped me up the most, I think. Although I guess I should mention my listening skills are still pretty weak in comparison to my reading skills.


Well, it’s over at least :sweat_smile:

I’m pretty sure I failed N1… again… (maybe in the lead for the most failures!):melting_face:

I felt somewhat more confident in the grammar section. I had manly focused my studying on that. But because of that, my vocab/kanji was really bad… I’ll be happy if I just barely passed that section.
Reading was okay, but I’m sure I didn’t do great.
I’m most confident with listening, but we’ll see.

If I don’t pass this time… I’m unsure if I’d take it again in July or just wait a year or so before trying again.
I really don’t want to focus on just N1 stuff anymore and want to study with more SRSing things that come up (and of course finish WaniKani and my tons of lessons that have piled up haha)

I also know I really need to get into reading. Talked to the person behind me, and he said he reads in Japanese all the time. Thus the vocab and kanji was easier for him, but the grammar was hard since he didn’t study it as much (opposite of me haha)
I’ve got the books on hand, just need to open them up :open_book:

Now the wait for the results begins!


It is the norm. At least that has been my experience on N2 as well.

Was it because of specialist topics or the more widespread use of keigo?

I realized I actually planned to take N1 next year July as well, but after much (read: not at all) consideration I think I’ll drop it unless I really need it.

If you’re already doing fine reading, listening, playing games, etc. going for N2/N1 might not be super needed unless it’s for a job.


What’s everyone’s plan if they pass?


I took the N2 and did quite a bit worse than I was expecting. Everything was going fine until I got to the listening part… the venue I went to had REALLY poor sound quality unfortunately. They put all the N2 test takers in one big classroom and there was only one low-quality speaker at the front. I think I passed but I’ll be a bit disappointed if I failed due to the sound quality…


I’m curious, what would make you feel like you need N1?
I’m also not sure if I actually need it haha. Though for some reason I want it (and to just get it over with).

And it is helpful to some point for jobs, but I do think a lot of companies are okay with things as long as you can show them your competency (during the interview, etc.)
Though always better to have it on a resume than to not.

Just continue studying. WaniKani, reading, watching shows, etc.
And just learning things I don’t know still. Which is a LOT.

And also working on my 敬語, because it is terrible.


I’m still deciding, but if I pass the N3 I think I’d like to take (or at least study for) the N2 in 1 1/2 or 2 years. I had a lot of free time this year to prepare for the N3, but I’m now busy with work and other studies, but still I’d like to have a goal for the future. I’m going to look at different resources and make a plan during this month. But for the meantime, I’ll just enjoy reading some nice manga and novels in japanese.


I thiiiiiiink I’ve passed the N4??? Maybe??? Vocab was fine, Grammar was a lot of guessing but the reading I think was okay? But also definitely some guesses in there. Listening wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be.
But I have to give kudos to the staff at the University of Edinburgh, the test was organised super well (at least in the N4 room) and they were all so kind and helpful, explained everything really well and sent us on our way home with an お疲れ様です!


If I did pass, I think it would be such an inaccurate reflection of my ability that I would be uncomfortable using that pass (e.g. putting it on my CV, linkedin etc) until I passed a mock exam in my own time.

My plan for now is to actually refocus on every day Japanese instead of setting exam goals and not getting anywhere because of freezing up with procrastination. I think it might be time to pay for some teaching.


I sent one to the university today through their website. Worth a try to see what becomes of it. I’d imagine the JLPT organisation themselves get a lot every year so they probably don’t care lol

Wow, that’s unbelievable. Sorry you had to deal with that. Hope it didn’t distract you from the test too much. It’s really ridiculous how some of the staff at these places treat us like we’re 3 yrs old. They have no respect for how much time and money some people have to invest just to even show up on the day.


Keep studying, I guess. Focus more on using Bunpro instead of Duolingo and maybe get the N4 done next year

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