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A Breakdown of N3 (Intermediate)‏

Posted September 23rd, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

Here is what you need to know about the N3 (Intermediate):

This level is a little tricky to assess as it is a new level that was made for the JLPT exam after 2010. This level is between the old 3kyuu and the old 2kyuu level.

For more info on the JLPT exam before 2010, please refer to this link:

To play it safe, it is best to prepare yourself by studying both N3 vocabulary and some of the old 2kyuu vocabulary; to ensure that you know enough to adequately pass this level’s exam.

Here are the times for each section for the N3 exam:

Vocabulary: 30 mins
Grammar/Reading: 70 mins
Listening: 40 mins
Total test time: 140 mins

The level N3 exam is for those who have the ability to understand Japanese used in everyday situations and a variety of non-everyday circumstances to a certain degree. They can understand Japanese at a near native speed when spoken to. One can understand written material when the topic is from an everyday situation. In addition, one is able to read slightly more difficult topics in everyday situations and can understand the main points of the content if presented with an alternate phrase to aid in one’s understanding.

Kanji Knowledge: 650 Kanji Characters
Vocabulary Knowledge: Approx. 3,700 words
(Includes nouns, verbs and some adjectives)
At least 800+  hours of accumulative study time at an intermediate level course.

Please visit the following links to review the vocabulary, kanji and grammar that may appear on the JLPT N3 exam:

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See you all next week for what you need to know for N2!

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