JLPT 2023 thread

Oh good point

In my high school/college/uni exams i usually got accommodations like extra time due to my disability
Since jlpt is a private test, will i be able to request that or is it the same for everyone?

I never heard of such accommodations for JLPT. I’d say if it exists, it would be hard to arrange them outside of Japan since the whole test is super old school style. It’s a shame cause I think the exam pace is ridiculously fast anyway.
So I’d recommend to check this website and do as many mock exams as you can. And to keep in mind that passing/not passing JLPT ≠ being able / not being able to speak, read & enjoy Japanese

You can request accommodations for JLPT. The FAQ states this:


EDIT: You can have a look at this form e.g. here:
This is from December 2022 but I’m sure it won’t change much between iterations.


My mistake ! Good news, thanks for sharing

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Ah! I saw that but didn’t know if it applied because my disability isn’t physical (It is medically diagnosed however)

Edit: I checked that document and it seems developmental disabilities are counted so thank you!


You said ‘uni’ not ‘college’ and also ‘gap year’ so I thought there was a chance you were NZ/Australian and people were assuming you had an entire year to study when it might actually be just six months. Thought best to clarify in order to give the best advice!


I’m thinking of signing up for N2 in Lancaster/London in July. I only passed N3 this July and barely studied since then so I have no hopes of passing, but I did get a pretty huge boost of motivation after the last exam, so I’m hoping for the same next year :smiley: It will also be a good chance to check in with myself and see which areas I’ll still need to work on. I’ll attempt it again in December and hopefully will stand a fighting chance then :slight_smile:


Maybe I’ll do N3 in NY, but it depends on how hectic my life is…I have to shell out around $2500 to take a board exam in October, and that takes precedence, haha.


I want to become a translator and most job offers ask for a JLPT N1. Maybe I will try it in December.


Funnily enough, most of the people I’ve seen on Twitter saying they work as translators don’t have an N1, and some of them have even publicly said that they failed it. N2 is the highest JLPT level I’ve seen for most of them. Maybe my sample of people is just hopelessly biased, or it might only apply to a specific sort of translator, but that’s what I’ve noticed so far.

None of this is meant to be discouraging, of course, but I just think you should know that it’s not strictly necessary. There’s this Tofugu guide on the topic, though I imagine you’ve already read it:

I believe there’s also a translation-specific certificate out there you could get, which might be more relevant to translation (even if the JLPT is probably more accessible and easier to study for).

Again, if you want to take the N1, go for it! (I have an N1 cert myself.) If your dream positions all ask for it, better yet. However, I think it’s important to bear in mind that it’s not always required, and in any case, the sort of Japanese that appears on the N1 doesn’t necessarily cover the sort of Japanese you’d need to read or translate, say, novels comfortably.


The only location in my country (Edinburgh) is only doing the December exam, so I’m thinking about maybe trying for N5 then. I initially was like “wow, I bet by then I could be at N4 level!” and then gave myself a reality check; last year of university and trying to do my honours project is not the time to be trying to cram in the N4 haha. Almost signed up for the December 2022 then chickened out at the last minute so we’ll have to see how I get on this year :sweat_smile:


Yeah, that’s probably wise. My country is December-only also, and I wound up being really glad I didn’t try skipping to N4. It seems doable on paper, but then real life/other projects/etc. take over. :sweat_smile:

Good luck with your last year!


I answered the polls with an optimistic Yes/N5 for the summer’s examination and a Maybe/N4 for the winter’s examination :sweat_smile:

That’s quite challenging for someone who hasn’t even gotten to chapter 4 of Genki 1 when he started with it a year ago, and who’s still at Level 4 in WaniKani; but to my best knowledge and calculations it should be possible to get to N5 level in the summer, as Genki 1 should provide you with all the Grammar you’d need, and given the assumption that you need +/- 1 week per lesson and a count of 12 lessons, I should probably know all the Grammar and Vocab of it till March/April. And WaniKani will teach 98% of all needed Kanji in the first 10 Levels (and the 2% that are missing will unfortunately only be thought in Level 16, but these final 2% I would then pick out myself). That’s another 14 weeks, assuming that progression of a WaniKani Level should take about 2 weeks.

That would leave May and June to test myself with previous tests and specialized material for JLPT, which should give me enough time to see if it makes sense to attempt it in July. This would be ideal as the July location is half the distance away from where I live and I have family there, so I can visit them for a couple of days and don’t be stressed out by traveling on the day of the test (and maybe having train troubles, etc.) or spending money for a hotel. And I’ll get an idea of what and how the tests will be run, which probably also ease the mind when taking the test in a location you’ve never been to.

So… yeah. If it is possible to take N5 in the summer, then N4 in the winter should be possible as well: Again according to all the resources on the internet, Genki 2 is sufficient for N4, and it has the same size as Genki 1; plus WaniKani Level 16 is not only 100% of N5, but also 97.59% of N4s Kanji. And again, the last few missing Kanji will only be completed to Level 27, which isn’t unrealistic to reach after a years work (given a 2 weeks progression rate). But, again, I could also learn the last few missing ones without WaniKani, and then have enough time left to read specialized material for the remaining ~2-3 months before the test.

So I’ll aim for this :smiley: Let’s see how it goes.

Good luck to all of you!


Around when will we be able to check our results? Mid Jan or end Jan…

Not long now!

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Depending on where you took the test, it differs a bit. Here you can check the results:


For “other countries”, my guess would be January 24th (but no guarantees, I just speak from experience in past years). They will announce the exact date on that page a few days in advance.


I wasn’t planning on trying the N1 in July but I took a practice test the other day and passed, and I’ve barely studied at all since passing the N2 this past July. So I’m thinking I will give it a try, if I study there is a chance that I’ll pass and even if not it’s only 6000 yen lost :slight_smile:


Hi everyone! I was supposed to take N5 this December in Paris and posted about it in the 2022 thread, but then could not travel there due to some stupid issues with my documents which keep creating unpleasant situations in my life now… Now I’d say JLPT turned out to be one of the less severe losses in my life caused by the Belgian bureaucracy recently.

But! I think I was decently prepared by December 4, though during the last several weeks prior to the exam date it was difficult for me to study because of the uncertainty around it all. I mean, I didn’t know if I could go or not until the last day basically :grimacing: Anyway, I finished Genki 1 (with workbook) pretty thoroughly, did some mock tests, went through Bunpro N5, reached WK lvl 9 plus studied around 25 extra kanjis which I lacked for N5 according to some unofficial lists, went through some practice books with exam-like questions, SRS’ed some vocab lists, practiced listening with materials on YouTube etc etc. Could be better, especially on the listening part which definitely remained my weakest point, but I’m pretty confident I was going to pass (maybe not with flying colours).

When I found out that I wouldn’t be able to take the test in 2022, I originally thought that I would aim at N4 in July 2023. I don’t know if the gap between N4 and N5 is bigger than from 0 to N5, but I thought I could make it in another half a year… Unfortunately a few life complications have emerged since then and now when I think about all the other things I need to learn and overcome until the summer, I realise that I don’t want to push it with Japanese too. Though such a decision is very out-of-character for me to be honest. So I’m not 100% sure yet, but I think I will try to sit N5 in July again and just enjoy the process in the meanwhile. Maybe I will keep N4 next December as a goal to give my studies some structure. I liked to have it with N5. I hope it all makes some sense. :slight_smile:


I really want to take a JLPT test, probably N4, but I feel like my learning lacks so much structure that I would struggle to learn the proper material to the extent necessary to pass a test. Plus, living in Atlantic Canada means the closest place for me to take the test is in Ottawa, a 12 hour drive or a couple hour flight that brings the cost of the test to one that I’m not sure would be worth it for just N4 level. Plus, the Ottawa location only has the test in December so I wouldn’t even be able to take it in July like I’d want to to have it as a resume item of sorts for the JET program application.


That sucks, I would still mention your studies in your application and mention that you hope to take the test in Japan.


Good thing I didn’t jinx myself there, so I’ll definitely be going for N1 on december this year!