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A Breakdown of N2 (Lower-Advanced)

Posted September 30th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

Here is what you need to know about the N2 (Lower-Advanced):

The N2 level of the JLPT exam; is the minimum level that is required in order for one to live and work in Japan. When one acquires this level, it is easy for them to survive in Japanese society.

Here are the times for each section for the N2 exam:

Vocabulary/Grammar/Reading (combined):  105 min
Listening:  50 min
Total test time:  155 min

The level N2 exam is for those who have the ability to understand Japanese used in every day situations and less common topics, such as politics and history.

One is able to read materials written clearly on a variety of topics, such as articles and commentaries in newspapers and magazines. One is also able to read written materials on generalized topics as well as understand the intent of the writer’s ideas and expressions.

One is able to comprehend orally presented materials such as conversations, news reports, and television shows that are spoken at a nearly natural speed. One is also able to understand the relationships among the people involved and the essential points of the presented materials when heard.

Kanji Knowledge: 1,000 Kanji Characters
Vocabulary Knowledge: Approx. 6,000 words
(Includes nouns, verbs and some adjectives)
1000+  hours or more of accumulative study time at an advanced level course.

Please visit the following links to review the vocabulary, kanji and grammar that may appear on the JLPT N2 exam:

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