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A Breakdown of N4 (Lower-Intermediate)

Posted September 16th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

Here is what you need to know about the N4 (Lower-Intermediate)

Here are the times for each section for the N4 exam:

Vocabulary 30 mins

Grammar/Reading 60 mins

Listening 35 mins

Total test time: 125 mins


The level N4 exam is for those to have the ability to understand basic Japanese and daily conversation. One who takes this level is expected to know how to read Hiragana and Katakana, as well as some basic kanji. Their knowledge of grammar is limited to conversations relating to daily life, class room situations, every day scenarios like shopping, going to the bank, etc. They can pick up information from simple every day conversations if the speaker uses common expressions and grammar.

Kanji Knowledge: 180 basic Kanji Characters
Vocabulary Knowledge: Approx. 680 words (Includes nouns, verbs and some adjectives)
At least 350- 500  hours of accumulative study time at a lower-intermediate level course.

Please visit the following link to review the vocabulary, kanji and grammar that may appear on the JLPT N4 exam.

I hope that you have been finding these little descriptions for the levels to be helpful so far. This should help you determine approximately what level you should be taking when exam time comes around in December.

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