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Kimberly’s Experience with the JLPT Exam (N5 Level)

Posted March 18th, 2012 by Kimberly in Learning Japanese

As you may recall, Enrico and I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) this past December 4, 2011.

For those that may not know, the Japanese Language Proficiency Test is a test that is held yearly (and sometimes bi-yearly) at various test sites around the world to test one’s Japanese language ability. For more information, please visit this link:

In today’s blog entry, I will talk about my personal experience plus my test results.

On Exam Day (December 4, 2011):

The test was held at a University in Toronto. While entering the facility; I was greeted with the sight of at least a 100 different people. It was really interesting to see all sorts of Japanese language students of all ages and nationalities congregate together to have their Japanese skills put to the test.

In the hall of the facility, they had various tables broken down into the different levels of the JLPT. I walked up to the N5 level table and handed to the representative, my exam number as well as my photo identification.

Next was our orientation in one of the lecture halls. During this time, the facilitator of the orientation had informed us of the rules to obey when taking the test.

When the orientation was done, each level was instructed to go to their designated test room. The seating arrangements were numbered according to your last 5 digits of your registration number. We were all instructed to have only our pencils, erasers, the test voucher and our photo identification on top of our desks.

Then the test started. It was broken down into three sections; vocabulary/grammar, reading and listening. (As long as one has a good grasp of these language skills, their chances of passing are quite high.)

I felt at ease once the test had started. The questions were pretty straight forward.

When the test was over, I felt pretty confident that I had passed. I really wanted to use the N5 test as a way to evaluate where I can make improvements to my Japanese studies going forward.

The Results (March 14, 2012):

After much anticipation, my certificate and my results arrived in the mail. I was very excited and anxious to get it.

What I got in the envelope was; a score report of the results by section, a bi-lingual pamphlet that explains how the JLPT compares to the old JLPT tests (click here for more info), how to read the score report and finally, the official N5 certificate.

Here are my results per section of the test:

Language Knowledge Vocab/Grammar・Reading:                     80/120

Listening:                                                                           53/60

Total Score:                                                                   133/180

(Approximately 74% PASS)


Reference Information: (*Grade per section)

Vocabulary:    A

Grammar:      A

Reading:        A


Based on my results, I can focus on my vocabulary/grammar and reading skills when I take the test in December 2012.

My goal this year is to pass the N4 test. I have been making preparations by collecting together vocab lists, kanji lists, grammar books and reading material.

I have to work really hard this year to pass the N4 test.  I know if I stick to my study goals, I should have enough confidence to pass it.

If you look to your right, you will see a “Daruma” image. When one eye is colored in, it means I have a goal to strive for and the second eye will be filled in once I achieve my goal. (To find out more about the “Daruma”, please visit this link: )

Anyone that is preparing for the JLPT this year, feel free to visit us on our Facebook page or our Google+ page if you would like to discuss more tips and strategies for preparing for the test.

Next week, I will talk about going back to Japanese language school and my thoughts after being in self-study mode for so long.

  1. 4 Responses to “Kimberly’s Experience with the JLPT Exam (N5 Level)”

  2. By Kimberly on Jul 9, 2012

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  3. By Harmony Hill on Jul 26, 2012

    Hi Kimberly! could u please tell me the all of the study materials you are using to help you pass the JLPT. Thanks it would mean a lot:D

  4. By Filippo on Sep 29, 2012

    Hei nice blog! I study Japanese too and this year I’m going to take the N3 level. I would like to insert your link in my blog list if it isn’t a problem for you. Anyway, good luck for the N4 exam, I hope you will pass it :)

  5. By JL on Nov 22, 2012

    I take the test for the first time in 10 days. I put it off for a few years because I wasn’t confident I could pass it. At least reading your post helps me know what to expect on test day. Really helpful. thank you.

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