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JLPT N3: Aftermath


The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is over for another year, and this time I am pretty confident that I did well.

The kanji and vocabulary sections were much easier than last time, mainly because I had a whole year to learn some new words.

A lot of sentences threw me off.

There were still a lot of lookalike kanji trick questions.


Man, Kanji is such a dick.


I cannot stress enough how much the Anki digital flashcard program helped for JLPT, though.

During the recess everyone would meet up outside and check their dictionaries.

I know for a fact I got words like 現在 messed up with 現存 and couldn’t figure out the meaning of 受け入れる.

however, there were also a lot of sections I just know I got right.


The next section, reading, is where I think I have barely scraped a pass.

You need to pass all 3 sections AND get a total score of 95/180 to pass the whole test, so if I have messed up reading, it’s over!

My problem this time around was the time limit.

I am a slow reader, and the reading section is a whopping 19 pages long.

Most of the passages follow a similar theme, and the last few questions are always super easy to do, but are riddled with tricks and traps that people easily fall into.


However, this year’s reading topics were so random:

How to sing anime songs at Karaoke.

How to take care of your teeth and chew food properly.

The story of an old Sakura tree.

People who like fish.


Sure, okay.

I can relate to most of those, yeah.


The final section, listening, was much easier compared to last year.

I guess being shouted at by hyperactive kids and perverse old men helped me pick up some colourful slang that just happened to appear on the test.

See, swearing is good!


Anyway, the results will come in February.


Thanks to everyone for your support!

5 thoughts on “JLPT N3: Aftermath

  1. Here’s a idea from my Chinese class- read the questions first then search for the answers in the passage.

    Not a way to get extremely high marks, but sure is fast! (and you’ll manage to pass)

    1. I ended up doing that when I realised I only had 10 mins left! The problem with doing this during JLPT is that since Japanese is backwards you need to read more than just a few sentences to get the jist of what is being said, usually the point of the topic is right at the very end of the paragraph instead of the start, so finding where to start in order to answer the question takes a bit of searching.

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