I still have never taken a JLPT exam, but I think I at about level JLPT 3.5. In other words, I think I could pass the N4, but not yet the N3.
I was reading the descriptions of the various levels on Wikipedia today and what they are supposed to indicate as far as mastery of Japanese. What I am wondering is if an average learner of Japanese would proceed through the levels at a consistent speed. For example, would it take as long to progress from N5 to N4 as it would from N2 to N1, all other things being equal.
I sometimes imagine that the earlier levels would go quicker since the beginner is going after the low hanging fruit like hiragana and katakana, but then I think it may be quicker to move through the higher levels since the student has already achieved critical mass and can learn more effectively through immersion in native materials.
Any insights on the road ahead for this N3.5 student?