Level Recommendation for N3 Review?

I haven’t used Wanikani in like 3 years, but I’ve decided to finally take the JLPT and get the official qualifications for (hopefully) passing. I’d like to reset my level so I can brush up on the most important N3 kanji (and the vocab won’t hurt either). Does anybody have a recommendation for what level I should reset to if I want to skip most of the easier N5 and N4 material?
Also, is there any way I might be able to turn off or exclude radicals? I’m not really “learning” new kanji and I don’t really need the mnemonics, I just want to review and maintain what I know, and the radicals won’t appear on the JLPT.

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If you go to https://www.wkstats.com/ and log in, under Charts and then JLPT you can see an overview of what percentage of each JLPT level’s kanji you know by each WK level. You could use that to decide what percentage of N5/N4 kanji you’re okay with repeating vs what percentage of N3 kanji you’re okay with skipping.


Interesting question- it’s possible to do this but wanikani is a super inefficient way to do it!

Probably the better option for what you need is an N3 kanji anki deck (I don’t use anki but found one with a quick google search), or different srs system. Wanikani just isn’t set up well for the purpose you need it for now.

If you’re wedded to wanikani … running off wkstats, there’s 367 N3 kanji taught on wanikani, spread between level 2 and level 35. If you wanted to drill every single one then it’s all the way down to level 2, but that’s daft. Looks like the optimum might be to reset to about level 20, which gives you half of the N3 kanji, (and also lots of things that aren’t covered in the N3 at all, including radicals).

For the other half of the N3 kanji below level 20 (assuming you’ve burned them all) you could resurrect them individually from burned to apprentice on their item pages.

A different wanikani option is to keep your current level and individually resurrect all your burned N3 kanji to apprentice. This would have the advantage of avoiding all the radicals that make up those kanji, but will be time consuming to set up and doesn’t give you the vocab, plus you’d have to navigate around the backlog in your lessons/review queue right now, however large that is.
Good luck!


You might be better with an app like kanji tree or migii that specifically targets JLPTs.


I downloaded anki and messed with it a little, but I couldn’t find any of the pre-made decks that were exactly what I’m looking for. Some of them were kanji-only, some of them had furigana that I don’t want, some of them had the creators individual notes or odd, personalized definitions. I’m not good at computers and I didn’t want to spend a lot of time figuring out how to make my own deck and then actually making it. Plus, I feel like having to type the entry is really helpful, especially for things like しょ vs. しょう that I easily get mixed up. I’m not wedded to wanikani, but I did enjoy using it a few years ago, and I did buy a lifetime membership, so I thought I’d try to make use of it if there was a way, since it basically does all the work of making a “deck” for me.

Maybe a Torii deck then? I don’t use it but it looks like they have JLPT decks built in.


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