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A Breakdown of N5 (Beginner)

Posted September 9th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

The JLPT exam is divided into sections. First they test your knowledge of vocabulary, then they test your reading ability and grammar. And lastly, they test your listening comprehension.


Here are the times for each section for the N5 exam:

Vocabulary 25 mins

Grammar/Reading 50 mins

Listening 30 mins

Total test time: 105 mins


The level N5 exam is for those to have the ability to understand some very basic Japanese. One who takes this level is expected to know how to read Hiragana and Katakana. And some very basic kanji. Their knowledge of grammar is limited to conversations relating to daily life, and class room situations. They can pick up very basic information from simple short sentences, and can comprehend very basic conversations from short conversations if spoken slowly.

Kanji Knowledge: 103 basic Kanji Characters
Vocabulary Knowledge: Approx. 725 words (Includes nouns, verbs and some adjectives)
At least 150 hours of accumulative study time at a beginners level course.

Please visit the following link to review the vocabulary, kanji and grammar that may appear on the JLPT N5 exam.  I found this site to be very useful.

Next week, we will give a breakdown of the N4 level; Lower-Intermediate.

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