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Tips on studying JLPT N2

Assalamualaikum and very good day to everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying JLfest and gaining a lot of benefits while having a good time at this event.

This time around, I would like to share my own perspective on how to study for JLPT N2. Before I start I would like everyone to note that JLPT N2 is extremely difficult, the difficulty spike from N3 level to N2 level of the test is so significant that it is almost unreal. Therefore, before you make the decision, kindly check on the sample test question and make sure you are up to the challenge. If you are ready then let’s get started.

Firstly, the biggest tip I can share is to know your test. We need to realize that JLPT is a test and a test always has a format that we can take advantage of in order to pass the test efficiently. In all JLPT tests, the full marks is 180 marks with each JLPT level requiring a different score to pass the test. For N2 level, the passing score is 90 and note that the test is divided into 3 sections which are vocabulary/grammar, reading and listening with 60 marks on each section. We only need to get a total score of 90 cumulatively from the 3 sections but take note that you need to obtain at least 30% of the maximum score on each section in order to pass.

With that said, let’s get into my perspective on the study plan. I believe this varies depending on each individual and your level of Japanese language proficiency. Therefore, what I can recommend is try to answer the sample test question and know your strengths and weaknesses. I believe it is more efficient to focus on your strengths and gain the most from it rather than trying to patch up your weaknesses. For instance, if you are good at listening I believe you should brush up on this section and do more exercise on it. This is because I believe it is less taxing to focus on the things you are good at and taking advantage of the test format, if you can score very high on one section, you can score less on the other sections.

All in all, it goes without saying that we also need to have vast knowledge on Japanese kanji and vocabulary to pass the test as it will help on all of the aforementioned sections. Kindly take note of this as well. If you are planning to take the test I hope this sharing could be helpful and I wish you luck on your endeavour. Thank you for reading and till our paths cross again.


Name : Iskandar

Occupation : 3rd Year Engineering Student at MJIIT

Hobby : Learning and creative works

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