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A Breakdown of N1 (Advanced – Native Level)

Posted October 7th, 2011 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

Here is what you need to know about the N1 (Advanced – Native Level):

By now, if you are preparing yourself for the N1 exam, you should be able to speak Japanese like a native speaker. So congrats for getting yourself this far!

Here are the times for each section for the N1 exam:

Vocabulary/Grammar/Reading (combined):  110 min
Listening:  60 min
Total test time:  170 min

The level N1 exam is for those who have the ability to understand Japanese used in every day situations. Furthermore, they are quite close to being able to speak Japanese just like a native speaker.

One is able to read materials written on a variety of topics, from almost any written material whether it be daily conversation topics, the news, history, science, politics etc. They can fully comprehend all written materials presented to them as well as reiterate what was read into their own opinions and thoughts.

Kanji Knowledge: 2,000 or more Kanji Characters (All current Jouyou Kanji)

Here is a link for all the current Jyouyou Kanji (常用漢字), please note this site is completely in Japanese:

Knowledge: Approx. 10,000 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 N1 exam:


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