Wanikani July JLPT Community Event (aka Joint Mock JLPT on July 4th, home thread)

TLDR:

  • This is the home-thread for the July 4th joint JLPT mock exam community event. We will use the JLPTsensei mock exam, which is the same as the official 2012 exam on the JLPT website, so don’t use this for practice.

  • If you want to join, simply sign up for a level in the post below this one. All you have to do is click the edit button, copy the last row of the table of the level you want to join, and edit your information in. Watch out for edit-conflicts! Only one person can edit a wiki at a time. Important: you can join or quit at any time!

  • This thread is used to study together casually as well, but feel free to create other threads (do link them below the subheading “link to other threads”!). Of course, also for those who are taking the actual JLPT, or not taking the JLPT at all!

  • We will attempt to calculate results, but note that this is not how the official JLPT calculates their results!

  • Everything is up for discussion, do not hesitate to leave any suggestions or thoughts so we can all get the most out of this event!

  • For semi-structured listening practice, see this post


The Idea

For those who want more than just the TLDR

Hi everyone!

You may have seen this thread float around the past few days, and possibly even confused it with the poll thread due to unfortunate naming choices. However, that thread was only there to gauge interest in a potential mock exam event to substitute for the actual JLPT, after discussion with @Scylie. A LOT of people responded to the polls there, so here is the actual, more worked out (though still work in progress) event!

This thread will function as the home-thread for the JLPT mock test community event on July 4th. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the JLPT is cancelled or inaccessible in many countries. I hope that this unofficial community event can serve as a substitute for everyone who is unable to take the JLPT this July.

Some of you may recognize the idea from @tlsthread from last year! I was not active at the time and did not participate, but those who participated said it was a really nice experience and a great motivational boost. I have always found the JLPT is a great way to motivate myself and measure my progress. And it might be even nicer to motivate and help each other by studying together until the test.

Important: this event is intended to be quite casual, with this home-thread just to ensure a shared base. From here on, it is completely up to you how you would like to participate. You are naturally also free to create extra threads or come up with your own ideas on how we can all get the most out of this event. To ensure everyone can edit in their ideas, this post, and the next two posts, will be made wikis. If you are unable to edit wiki’s due to your forum’s membership status, please ask someone else to edit for you.

So what will the event look like?


The Test

When? > Sunday July 4th (any time)

The actual JLPT is set on Sunday July 4th, so the goal is that everyone tries to take the test on that day. As many pointed out in the first thread, people are very busy and may not be able to make it at a certain time. For that reason, there is no ‘live session’ or set time planned for now (but do not hesitate to organize this yourself!). This means you are free to take it anytime you want, or even on a different day. One thing to keep in mind: once July 4th is over in all countries, we might want to start discussing questions and answers on the mock exam. Therefore, aim to take the exam on the 4th of July, or earlier if this is not possible. If you do decide to take it later, then watch out that you do not get spoiled in this thread!

Which test? > The mock test on JLPTsensei’s website

This is not 100% sure yet, but since last year’s event used the one on the JLPT website and they may want to use it again this year in December, it makes sense to do the other one now. Of course, we are still stuck with that some people might have already taken one of those and want to do the other now. Do leave a comment if you have any suggestions!
NOTE: This test is the same as the official 2012 exam on the JLPT website, so do not use this for practice! Thank you @tls for checking this, and @Scylie for making sure this is mentioned in this post.

How do I join? > Sign up for your level(s) of choice in the second post in this thread

Unlike the actual JLPT, there is no reason for you to limit yourself to only one level. If you are unsure about whether to take the N5 or N4, why not take both?

It is not necessary, but by signing up below we can all get an idea of who is participating and which levels are being taken. In reality, you can just decide to take the mock test on July 4th, on the day itself. That’s the nice part about the event not being official, no one here will check whether you actually signed up or not, participation is just for yourself.

How do we calculate results? > estimation, but not the official, weighted method of the JLPT

In last year’s event, @rwesterhof came up with a way of estimating results for the N5. We are hoping to do this again for all levels of the mock exam we take on July 4th.

However, it is important to note that this is not how the actual JLPT organization calculates the results. Instead, they use a weighted method based on everyone’s answering patterns, by weighing ‘difficult’ questions more than ‘easy’ questions. For an explanation, see this page on the JLPT website, or this post by tls for an example.


Studying together

From the first thread, it became clear that many people are interested in studying together in some way. However, some people pointed out they are not using any books or strict schedule for studying. Others do use stricter schedules, or do not want to participate in studying together at all. There are options for everyone:

For those who do not want to study together

No problem! Do sign up below so we know who are participating, but do not feel obligated to react in the thread at any point.

For those who want to study together casually

Based on the first thread, it became clear that there are quite a lot of people who study more casually. Taking that and many ideas and recommendations into consideration, we concluded it would be best to create one main thread (this thread!).

(Based on @banditraider’s suggestions) In this thread everyone can…

  • Share studying strategies and progress

For example, you can share your favorite prep books or websites, experiences taking the JLPT, or update on your progress. Anything goes, it is up to you.

  • Ask questions

Are you struggling with an N4 grammar point? Do not hesitate to ask here. Also feel free to ask others about their JLPT experiences. Again, anything goes.

  • Respond to bi-weekly check-ins (polls!) on your progress

I (NathaLire) will post these bi-weekly check-ins with polls regarding your progress, strengths, weaknesses, and anything else we might think of along the way. These will then be linked at the bottom of this post, so you can easily find the current and past check-ins.

For those who want to study together more intensely

Of course, there are also people who would like to stick to a stricter schedule. In this case, feel free to create another thread that sticks to stricter schedules. Please link the thread below the subheading “links to other threads”, so everyone can easily find it and participate!

Some examples of possible side threads that were mentioned before:

  • Mock-Mock exam (by @bdumtzz). A mock test before the July 4th mock test, to see where you stand. This could be done by collecting exercises from japanesetest4you, or another website.

  • Strict-schedule studying group (suggested by many). Some of you might want to start a smaller study group with people taking the same level, or having a similar study schedule. Do not hesitate to set this kind of thread up! You can ask who is interested in this thread.

  • Live mock exam session (suggested by @tls). This was also done in the event last year. There may be people who are interested in taking the exam together. Again, do not hesitate to set up another thread to organize this!

If you make a second thread, please link them below the subheading “links to other threads”!

TLDR: the only structure in studying together is that we use this thread and have bi-weekly check-ins. Apart from that, you are free to create any thread you want to study more intensively. You are also free to only participate in the mock exam on July 4th. Do not hesitate to share any ideas you may have for studying together in another way, even if they do not require another thread! Find an overview of the check-ins below.


Overview of CHECK-INs

Click for overview
Date link
March 14th post
March 28th post
April 11th post
April 25th post
May 9th post
check-in format

To be added


Links to other threads + important posts

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SIGN-UPS

If you’re the first to sign up for a level, just replace the example with your information. Add yourself by copying the layout and changing the information to your information. Old versions of the post are always saved, so do not worry about accidentally messing up the layout, it can always be recovered :slight_smile: Do not hesitate to sign up for multiple levels. All columns are optional!

NOTE: If you see someone else is editing the wiki (their icon will appear in the right-upper corner of the post you are editing), then try to wait until they are finished. Unfortunately, if you edit simultaneously one of them will be overwritten.


N5

Username Have you taken the JLPT before? (level) Country of residence Strength Weakness Routine/Study strategy
Yuuki-TvT No US Reading Listening WK, Duolingo, Busuu, YouTube, Genki
Ruchian No UK Kanji Listening, grammar Wk, Genki
Ryuichi33 No UK Kanji/Vocab WK,Genki, JLPT books
sushi-fish No Germany Kanji Reading my strategy
willowthorn No USA Kanji, vocab Listening, grammar WK, Satori reader, youtube comprensible input videos
Lucylavelle No UK Reading Listening WK, Bunpro, Anki decks (For vocab)
kloxy No UK Reading Listening, Speaking WK, KW, Bunpro, TODAI News, Children’s Books, Nihongo con Teppei Podcast
RollyPolly No UK Reading Listening, Grammar WK, KW, Bunpro, Duolingo, listening.
Mipri No Luxembourg Kanji Listening, Reading WK, Bunpro, childrens book
Bearytoast No USA Kanji Listening WK, Genki/Minna No Nihongo, Rocket Japanese, Manga
Mrs Diss No Switzerland good learner self-taught keep on keeping on
dankov No Canada Kanji Grammar, Listening WK, NHK News, TODAI News, Tofugu, KaniWani, Cure Dolly
jujuhermit No Iceland Vocab Grammar WK, Genki, Anki, Youtube, Netflix
Bdmtzz Yes(N5) GMT+8 idk grammar? All xD post
Wickio No UK Kanji, Vocab Grammar WK, Genki, Bunpro, Anki, Youtube (ToKini Andy)
reedpro No Canada We’ll find out Grammar WK, Bunpro
bagusprabangkoro No Indonesia Kanji, Reading Grammar, Listening WK, Bunpro, Weekly course (MNN1 and some N4)
kelseyparks no u.s.a. reading listening wk, genki, duolingo, jlpt practice exam
adsf2342 No US reading grammar WK, Anki, Youtube, NHK News, Tofugu, Genki
Leneux Yes UK Kanji/reading Grammar Wanikani, Bunpro, Satori reader, Genki, Notion, Kitsun.io
Malacore No Australia Reading Listening WK, Genki
PlagueOfLocusts No US Kanji grammar, listening WK, Genki, misc.
MrBacons No The Netherlands Kanji, Vocabulary Grammar, Listening WK, Genki
Heidynator No The Netherlands Kanji, Vocabulary Grammar, Listening WK, Genki, Duolingo
Seb No UK Kanji, reading Grammar, listening WK, Genki
sakuchu No Germany not sure Grammar, listening WK, Bunpro, Marugoto
_korra No US Kanji Grammar, listening WK, Genki, YouTube, JLPT practice exams
willixm No UK Kanji Listening WK, Genki, YouTube
weirdconnie No US Kanji Listening/Grammar WK, Genki, Anki
k2olg No France Kanji, Vocab Listening, speaking Genki, Italki, Tokini Andy, WK, Quizlet
julesosaur No US Reading Listening Genki, WK, Memrise, Japanpod 101, Duolingo, YouTube, StickyStudy
CarsonHua7645 No Canada Kanji, Reading Listening, Grammar, Speaking, Vocab kinda WK, Bunpro, Reading, Youtube, KameSame, Torii, WaniConjugation
heyhihello No Kanji, Reading Listening, Grammar WK, Bunpro, JfBP1&2, speaking practice w/native speakers, Human Japanese
CarsonHua7645 No Canada Kanji, Reading Listening, Grammar, Speaking, Vocab kinda WK, Bunpro, Reading, Youtube, KameSame, Torii, WaniConjugation
heyhihello No Kanji, Reading Listening, Grammar WK, Bunpro, JfBP1&2, speaking practice w/native speakers, Human Japanese
Veee No India Grammar, Kanji Meanings Kanji Readings,everything else WK, Minna No Nihongo 1-1/1-2, JLPT Sensei
DayTem No Germany reading listening, writing WaniKani, Genki, Youtube
2000kanji No Germany Kanji Listening, Grammar, non-kanji vocab WK, Reading

N4

Username Have you taken the JLPT before? (level) Country of residence Strength Weakness Routine/Study strategy
Ryuichi33 No UK Kanji/Vocab WK,Genki, JLPT books
Pep95 No The Netherlands Kanji and Grammar Vocab, Listening, Speaking More Torii, Focus on and practice grammar, Finish at least one book
TokyoTeddyBear No Israel Kanji and Vocab Speaking, Listening Not aiming specifically for the JLPT, WK and Bunpro
(tentative) rwesterhof No The Netherlands Vocab Listening Elementary Japanese (book 2), listening practice
oreodisaster No Indonesia Kanji Listening, Grammar (Not learning only for the JLPT) WK, Bunpro, Nihongo Con Teppei, Animelon, Anki
zyoeru No UK Reading Listening Genki II, Imabi, BunPro
yamitenshi No The Netherlands Reading, Listening Kanji BunPro, Torii, Wanikani, JP livestreams/Twitter/etc.
Bearytoast No USA Kanji Listening WK, Genki/Minna No Nihongo, Rocket Japanese, Manga
emipri No USA Kanji, Vocab Grammar WK, BunPro, Genki, Manga & children’s books
SundayRoast No Sweden Kanji Vocab WK, BunPro, Genki, Kitsun, Manga & simple books
Bdmtzz Yes(N5) GMT+8 idk grammar? All xD post
chamellow No UK Reading Listening Already passed practice test in July 2020, retaking to see if score has improved
Ragecup No UK Reading, Kanji Listening post
Catherine670 No USA Kanji Listening, Grammar WK, Genki, Manga and light novels, podcasts.
bagusprabangkoro No Indonesia Kanji, Reading Grammar, Listening WK, Bunpro, Weekly course (MNN1 and some N4)
Bmcg22 Yes, N5 UK Kanji WK/Genki/Jpod 101
willixm No UK Kanji Listening WK, Genki, YouTube
bw8n No USA Readling Listening WK, Anki, Bunpro, NHK Easy, Tutor
Sully22 No USA Kanji Listening WK, Anki, Bunpro, Netflix
Micki Yes (N5) UK Kanji, Reading Listening Genki, Japanesepod101 (listening), WK Bookclubs, Anki
CarsonHua7645 No Canada Kanji, Reading Listening, Grammar, Speaking, Vocab kinda WK, Bunpro, Reading, Youtube, KameSame, Torii, WaniConjugation
2000kanji No Germany Kanji Listening, Grammar, non-kanji vocab WK, Reading
aarondarby yes(n5) Ireland Vocab/Kanji Grammar WK, Anki, Manga, Music
Sondyr Yes (N5) Japan Vocab Grammar WK, Chuu e ikou in JP class
beari no USA :woman_shrugging: Kanji, Grammar, Vocab WK, Reading

N3

Username Have you taken the JLPT before? (level) Country of residence Strength Weakness Routine/Study strategy
Ryuichi33 No UK Kanji/Vocab WK,Tobira, Kanzen master
banditraider No USA Vocab, Reading Listening, Grammar WK, JLPT Sensei Grammar list, 日本語の森
angeltears Yes (N4, N3) USA Grammar, Reading Listening, Vocab 新完全文法N3 book
Cassini Yes (N4) UK Kanji, Reading Grammar, Listening Reading, BunPro
Scylie No Germany Kanji? Listening post
TomH Yes (N4) UK Grammar, Kanji Reading, Listening WK, BunPro, Podcasts
Kurseddragon No USA Kanji, Reading Listening WK, BunPro, Tobira, HelloTalk
AshesIntoFlame Yes (N4) USA Kanji, Reading Listening WK, BunPro, 新完全, AIAIJ, Reading
kappaka Yes (N5, N4) UK Listening, Reading Grammar WK, BunPro, Tobira, italki
chamellow No UK Reading Listening Tobira, Sou-matome, WK, Bunpro, Podcasts & Immersion Practice
kaishin No - idk, kanji? Listening WK, Twitter, YT
Buscadon No USA Grammar Listening WK, Kitsun, Discord Groups, Class, Practice with friends
Kialandri No Germany Kanji? Everything that’s not Kanji Not really studying atm, but will hopefully pick up the pace again
SaowapaYing Yes (N4, N3) Thailand Grammar Kanji and reading WK, N3 Books
Aislin Yes (N5, N4, N3) (retaking N3) Poland Reading Listening Sou Matome (for listening), 新完全 (whole), Reading
Milgram No Arg Grammar maybe Listening WK, reading
oribaa No Sweden Well rounded Writing… WK, tutor, reading, anime, other native JP material (immersion).
Phryne No The Netherlands Vocab, Kanji, Reading Listening Anki, Bunpro, Soumatome, maybe Shin Kanzen Master if time permits
Alolvovan Yes (N4) Sweden Reading? Listening, Speaking Chaos only, strategy none :v:

N2

Username Have you taken the JLPT before? (level) Country of residence Strength Weakness Routine/Study strategy
NicoleRauch Yes (N5, N4, N3) Germany Reading Vocab, Grammar? None except Reading
tnetennba3 No UK Listening Grammar Reading, 新完全文法N2
anji Yes (N2) Finland Listening, vocab Reading old course printouts, 日本語能力試験N2完全攻略, 中級を学ぼう・後学期
rodan No USA Kanji Listening native material, anki, 新完全
theMusicalninja Yes (N3) Canada Reading, Vocab Listening, Grammar Sou Matome, Torii
hannah218 no USA Reading, Listening Grammar, Vocab Bunpro, N3 and N2 Vocab decks on Kitsun, iTalki, Reading
bethie5 No UK Vocab, Kanji Listening, Grammar, Reading 新完全, nihongo no mori, anki
hoodsandhats Yes (N4, N3) USA Kanji Listening weekly private lessons, anki, reading native material
Mithrillion Yes (N4, N3) Hungary Reading Grammar Reading, anki, WK
Sloa123 Yes (N2) USA Reading Listening WK and Reading
CDieterle No USA Kanji Everything else Novels, Youtube, lots of SRS
Milgram No Arg Grammar maybe Listening WK, reading
riya No Canada Reading, listening Grammar 新完全マスター, reading, Youtube
conan Yes (N4, N3) USA Kanji Listening Bunpro, reading, iTalki, YouTube
TenkoKitsune No RS Reading Listening 新完全マスター plus 総まとめ、Novels from EbbokJP, Youtube, Renshuu SRS

N1

Username Have you taken the JLPT before? (level) Country of residence Strength Weakness Routine/Study strategy
NathaLire Yes (N3, N2) The Netherlands Listening Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar post
Saida Yes (N4/3/2) Netherlands Not sure Not sure 新完全マスターN1シリーズ
theMusicalninja (perhaps) Yes (N3) Canada Reading, Vocab Listening, Grammar jt4y, Torii, Nihongo no Mori, uhhh YouTube :smiley:

Feel free to suggest extra columns!

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Reserved (just in case)

@Mods could you make the first two posts in this thread wikis? :slight_smile:

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O yay, the Netherlands buddies! :fist:t2:

I’ve not taken the JLPT before. I’ll be trying the N4. I am quite confident about my grammar, vocab and kanji for N4 (and N3), but my listening is absolute trash lol. I’ve taken up listening practice this week, so hopefully it’ll be good enough for N4 in July! Hell, if it goes very well I might even sign up for N3 too :upside_down_face:

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I’m very interested in hearing if anyone has any cool strategies!

I will start my “progress report” by saying that I have no idea what I’m doing :joy:
I’ve never actually studied for a jlpt before, only Japanese in general, which is kinda different because you can just learn things in whatever order you want.
I picked the N3 even though I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t pass it if I tried it right now. Will I at least get by in 4 months? Questionable, but who doesn’t like a challenge :laughing: I have hope.

Current endeavours:

  • I’ve completed the N3 grammar points on bunpro, and I’m currently watching the 日本語の森 N3 playlist to get a better grasp of things
  • Vocab: I think I should roughly (almost) know the amount of words required for N3, except different ones. A rough check via Anki (+ unofficial N3 lists) tells me I have a bit under a thousand words left to learn. (Help.) 9-10 words a day over the next 3-4 months, sounds doable but no clue if I can keep that up. Here’s to trying. :woman_shrugging:
    I usually get my words from reading material and I would like to continue that for the most part, we’ll see how that works out…
  • Listening: ??? My worst skill. I’m 95% sure I’m gonna fail this part no matter what I do over the next couple of months. I listen to podcasts sometimes or the stories on Satori Reader, but probably not nearly enough. Not sure what to do about this one except, well, listen more…

buddies :fist_right: :fist_left:

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oop- i took N3 in december 2019 and passed but not with a great score, i kind of wanna take N2 in july to see if im good enough to aim for N1 in december :eye: :lips: :eye: id do N1 to see how badly id fail except i already know i would get -5 in listening and i dont need to beat down my ego that badly

edit: maybe ill sign up for both- :no_mouth:

also buddy :fist: :pensive:

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Yay, the main thread is here! I’m looking forward to this. I’m a newbie, just started learning Japanese 2 months ago and therefore will shoot for N5. I’m currenty working through Genki and will finish Chapter 5 this weekend.
I am from Germany and have never taken a JLPT before. I have taken proficency tests for the English language though (which is not remotely the same as Japanese but gives me a base understanding of how a proficency test works in general).

My basic study plan looks like this:

  • Grammar: Finishing a Genki Chapter every 7-10 days (depends on my work shedule)
    → I’m supplementing with the Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar and Youtube grammar videos
    → I’m doing daily reviews on BunPro for the grammar points I learned in Genki
  • Kanji: WaniKani, currently leveling up every 8-9 days though due to work getting busy I might go for 9-10 days
  • Vocab: currently learning Genki and WaniKani vocab is enough for me
    → I will supplement my studies with N5 vocab before the mock test
  • Listening: I’m working with the listening exercises on Genki as well listening exercises online.
  • Reading: Well… I’m not good enough for anything substential… I bought some manga but I only understand parts of Yotsubato. I shall work on reading more when I have a base understanding of grammar.

I don’t really have a timed plan, until last Monday I was in homeoffice due to the lockdown and worked like… maybe two days a week… thanks to that I could blast through the early WaniKani levels. Since Monday I’ve been back on my regular fulltime job and will just study in my lunchbreak and after work.

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Yay! I would like to join :smiley: I’m new to these forums, how do I edit the sign-up post?

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Yes!!! Hello :smiley:

That sounds good!! You seem to have a really clear idea of the things you want to improve on!! I’m kind of all over the place, I want to work on everything except for listening lol. (Also it might be nice to add ‘strength’ and ‘weakness’ to the sign-up list I’ll go do that)

Unrelated, but seeing how people are posting their study schedules, I thought it might be nice to add that as a column in the sign-up sheet as well, so people can link to their ‘base schedule’ or smth like that? Let me know what you all think.

Oh and don’t hesitate to sign up for more levels, you can always take your name out if you don’t feel up for it in the end!

@Linelineee12 welcome!! :smiley: About signing up, right now the post isn’t a wiki yet (one of the mods has to change it) but once it is, you can edit it yourself and just add a row with your information :slight_smile: Until then, let me know if you want to be signed up! Just post the information I should add and which level you want to take, and I’ll add you asap!

EDIT: the post is now a wiki! If you are still unable to edit yourself in, for example due to your ‘forum membership level’, then post that you’d like to be edited in and someone will help you!

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Done! Good luck everyone :nerd_face::heart:

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Thank you so much! :smiley:

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Just a heads up that if you add your name like @banditraider instead of just ‘banditraider’, you’re going to get a ping every time someone edits the wiki (I think, lol).

I just took the ‘@’ off of mine because of that.

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I had no idea, thank you for pointing it out :flushed:

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Actually, it might be because someone added the @ onto my name when they did their edit. Now I’m not sure… :thinking:

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I did just take out the @ for everyone, but I didn’t add it to anyone’s name :flushed: Either way, let’s leave it out just in case!

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Whoops, I also didn’t know :flushed: Thank you!

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I think you can tell from my sign up entry that my study is quite unstructured. I mostly learn from WK and reading books, but I quite like it that way and I felt very comfortable in the reading section when I took N4 last year.
I think my weakest point is grammar so this year I’ll try to focus on it a bit more with BunPro or some textbook.

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Added myself. :grin:

I took the mock N3 test last December and did alright. Hoping to be in a position to tackle N2 this July!

I struggle with the grammar questions the most. Those questions when you have to select the right grammar particle to fit in a sentence. For some reason, I have no issue understanding (everyday) grammar when it’s spoken aloud. But immersion doesn’t seem to drill the grammar patterns into my head enough to correctly use them in a sentence. So I’ve got the 新完全マスター文法 book in a hope that the exercises will carve them to memory.

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Signing up for N2 in order to strengthen current level - esp. hopefully improve sloooooow reading speed, and increase vocabulary. The reading tasks were my weakest point in the N2-test I took last time. Haven’t spend any time practicing reading after that either so, it’d be high time to do something about it!

Unofficially living in the hopes that I’d have enough energy and motivation to also join the N1 group for completely new grammar, vocab etc. Am expecting N2-level being mostly reviewing (it’s also necessary at times) in any case :thinking:

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