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Are you preparing for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test? Here are tips to help you get ready, as shared by students who have previously taken the JLPT. Visit www.ReadTheKanji.com to practice your Japanese.


  • JLPT STUDY TIPS As shared by students who have taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test Presented by ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS When you don't know the proper answer try to eliminate the obviously bad ones. Never leave a blank! @kantanda ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Develop a regular study schedule. Obviously, the more time you can give up the better, but even 20 minutes per day should do the trick. I find that 1 hour usually works the best (for me) since it's enough time to cover a respectable amount of material. Plus you can easily stay concentrated the whole time, especially if you add a 5 minute break in the middle. Sizen ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Learn grammar, listen to a lot of Japanese and read as much as you can... but above all, put as many words as you possibly can in your SRS before the JLPT. Tobberoth ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Do the grammar questions first and try to finish in 20 minutes. The grammar questions are short, so you generally either know them or you dont, and they make up a large part of the test. If you do the reading first it's too easy to lose track of time and not get to the grammar questions. avparker ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS I used to great advantage ReadTheKanji.com combined with an app called KanjiBox. Jonas Rydell ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS You can answer a lot of questions without knowing what the sentence says, so don't get hung up on words you don't know. You can eliminate many answers by looking at the surrounding words. A lot of grammar can only be used in the positive or negative sense, a certain verb tense, on people or objects, follow or followed by certain particles. If you can find a book that makes those clear you can cover a lot more ground. cjlacz ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Ironically my one tip is to use Read The Kanji; it was great last-minute cramming the night before and helped me get my JLPT1. @jetha ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS If I don't remember what I have studied I don't press myself remembering what they were. But I'll make sure I go over them again - the 3rd, 4th, 5th time - until learning will just come very naturally without me realizing it. Minna konnichiwa ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Reading helps to contextualize vocabulary & grammar. Read with a grammar dictionary and make sentences with new grammar you find! @gyozacity ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Take as many past exams as possible. You will learn the patterns of exams. Taking the past test will help you familiarize yourself with the format and the best thing is that you feel comfortable with it and how to optimize your test time to do your best. Jill Heigle ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Careful with the listening comprehension part. It sounds easy, but it isn't. It's fairly confusing and fast! @QueenOfKlutz_ ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Don't forget that the overall passing requirements are quite low. Make sure you are focusing on improving your test skills where they are weakest and use practice tests liberally to determine where your study time is best spent. You only need to know 60% of the N2 test material, but it must be balanced between all of the sections. tokyostyle ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Listening to podcasts has really helped me fine-tune my skills. I highly recommend using podcasts as a tool for preparing for the JLPT. Jerry Sloan ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS I read a whole lot, manga as well as novels in Japanese. I also did a fair deal of language exchange, but the main focus was abundant reading. I passed the JLPT N2 exam last July with perfect score in listening and vocabulary as a result. Jonas Rydell ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Listen carefully to the instructions, don't hurry and make sure the part you're writing ends when you think it ends. @ieg93 ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS The most important thing is to go to bed early the night before the exam. Some people get too nervous and stay up late to try to cram their last list of vocabulary, but there is nothing you can do the night before. Go to bed and be mentally and physically ready for the exam the next day. Eric Joseph ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS Write a letter to yourself in Japanese and put it on your fridge. That way you see it every morning and evening. @TMTVL ReadTheKanji.com
  • JLPT STUDY TIPS I wanted to share my experience on doing this year's JLPT (N5), and passing. My preparation included anywhere between 1 - 4 hours of ReadTheKanji everyday. It got to the point where I enjoyed doing it at work in breaks whenever I could. From the time where I decided to do the JLPT and when I took the exam, A lot of my studying was done on RTK. While I got all but maybe 2 questions wrong on the Kanji section (they don't give you a mark for only Kanji as it is thrown in with vocabulary and grammar), I struggled on vocabulary and grammar. I would recommend trying to balance the 3 as best as possible, and focusing on whichever you have the most struggles on. It's important to remember that if you fail one aspect, you fail the entire test. I found the listening to be ridiculously easy as I already listen to a lot of Japanese music and watch shows/anime. Also, compared to a lot of the listening practices I did, the one applied in the exam was very easy. These are the list of main things I'm currently using for each of the aspects of JLPT Kanji - ReadTheKanji.com Grammar - http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/jlpt4/grammar/ in conjunction with "A dictionary of Basic/Intermediate Japanese Grammar" + asking my teacher to confirm Vocabulary - I don't focus too hard on vocabulary as I pick up most of it as I go along from listening to Japanese stuff or looking up words particular words. With vocabulary, you'll probably get a hefty amount of stuff you don't understand in examples for things from Kanji/Grammar/Listening. Listening - Japanese music / Gaki no Tsukai / Occasional listening test. Studying for N4 at the moment and it's going pretty well. Since I've planned ahead this time and the test is harder, I'm going through things quite thoroughly so I can remember them for more than a week! :D. It's also important to touch on content from previous tests, so I occasionally go through N5 stuff even to this day. Hope this helps! ReadTheKanji.com Sahand Chalabi
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