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Before JLPT N4

Ruslana
Asked 4 years ago

I would like to try JLPT N4 in the future. Is finishing Beginner somewhat enough or do you have to finish Advanced lessons first before trying the exam? I am sorry if it sounds silly ^^;;

Know someone who might be able to answer this question?

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Hello! I sat and passed the N4 last December and if memory serves I was only something like a quarter or a third of the way through the Advanced lessons. I was also attending private lessons in real life - which helped tremendously as we focused specifically on N4 grammar and constructions - but was also doing the N4 vocab/kanji drill set on here as a further learning input (which is very much recommended!).

 

Having done more of the Advanced lessons now I wish I'd found more time to do them all (and have a good grasp of the grammar etc.) prior to the N4, so if you get even 75% of the way through them not only would you be able to easily pass the N4 but also have a solid foundation for the grammar you're examined on on the N3 (in my opinion).

So by all means, sit the examination. Even if passing it doesn't have any real practical applications (companies in Japan require an N2 at the bare minimum to hire foreign employees), there's really no pressure there so it's a good way to measure your progress and also - if you're planning on working/studying in Japan in future - you know the format of the JLPT and how they word their 'trick' questions.

 

 

番長
Answered 4 years ago

Thank you for your valuable input Kenny! I would rather be prepared and pass the exam. I want it more as my own achievement than anything else (didn't even think about working for a foreign company ^^;;) But I don't have a private tutor and I was not very satisfied with Skype lessons I tried before (maybe for speaking, but was not enough for grammar and rules - just my own experience of course) I do kanji drills on Anki...So I think I will try to do as much of Advanced lessons here as possible and then I will see and decide. Thanks!

Ruslana
Commented 4 years ago

You've got a year to do it (unless you're planning on going to Japan in July and sitting it there), that's more than enough time to prepare for it. Again I'd imagine if you finished all of the Advanced lessons on here along with an N4 drill set (although they cover most of the N4 vocab in the Advanced lessons so even that's optional) you'd have to try really hard not to pass it. And you'd probably have the first third/half of the N3 done as well.

番長
Commented 4 years ago

Wait, wait...I thought the summer exams are also possible? Because that's what I wanted (I got plenty of free time;;) I mean I am from Europe, so I thought they have exams twice a year?

Ruslana
Commented 4 years ago

I am as well but as far as I know international (i.e. non-Japan) examinations are only done in winter? In Japan they do them in the summer as well but I'm no expert. You'd have to check the official website, I may be wrong.

番長
Commented 4 years ago