Interview#2- How Kelvin Passed JLPT N5

Did you get the result of last JLPT exam? You may started thinking to take next JLPT exam.We interviewed a Japanese learner who passed JLPT N5 last year, and asked how he studied for that. We hope his learning tips would help your next JLPT challenge.

Interviewee Profile

Name : Kelvin

Nationality : American

Current Location : California, USA

Reason you are learning Japanese:I would like to be able to converse with my friends living in Japan and discuss work related matters in Japanese.

Learning Tips

How was the result of JLPT?

I took the JLPT N5 in 2018 and passed.  I received an A in all sections (vocabulary, reading, and grammar).  I felt I didn’t miss that many questions, so I was surprised to see that my raw score was rather low.  

How long did you study for the exam and how did you study?

I went through the Genki series and used the official JLPT N5 Japanese Language Proficiency Test book to prepare for the exam.  My daily routine consisted of listening, vocabulary, grammar, and/or reading practice based on time available. Additionally, I did grammar, speaking and listening practice with Kanako-san.

Study Materials

What resources do you recommend to pass JLPT?

I recommend picking up the Genki series and the JLPT practice workbook:

Genki1 Complete Set

Genki2 Complete Set

Genki Workbook

The Genki series provided a good foundation for the main concepts encountered in the JLPT.  I liked having the workbooks for the times I felt I needed additional practice.

Messages From Kelvin

Could you give messages for other JLPT challengers?

I felt that the JLPT was a good checkpoint for measuring parts of my ability.  While the Genki I series is supposed to line up roughly with the N5, I chose to complete both Genki I and II before taking the N5 because it made the test more comfortable for me.  Regardless of the speed at which you take the tests, I think it’s important to remember to have fun while learning. 頑張りましょう!

Thanks, Kelvin!