Passing the JLPT N5: Tips to Help You Answer Questions More Quickly

Many students preparing for the JLPT N5 become overwhelmed with all the material they need to study and tend to overlook the other skills necessary for passing the JLPT N5. One such skill is the ability to answer questions quickly. If in your studies you have settled into a comfortable pace rather than an appropriate pace you will find yourself hurried on exam day and probably not being able to finish on time. To avoid this, you need to focus not only on mastering the N5 curriculum but also on the speed with which you can recall the material.

How does this affect your studies? First it is very important to know the appropriate pace for each section of the JLPT N5, and second you need to keep this pace in mind when you are studying. The way to do this is to calculate just how many minutes you will have on average to answer one question on the kanji, vocabulary and grammar sections of the actual N5 exam. The next step is to time yourself to see how many questions you are able to answer within the same amount of time that will be allotted on the real exam. For example:

Time allotted on the real exam: 60 minutes

Number of questions: 40

Average time to answer each question: 1.5 minutes

So if you are studying at home and you are doing a group of say 10 sample questions, it means you should try to finish them within 15 minutes. If you are exceeding this time limit in your studies at home, it means that you will run out of time on exam day and passing the JLPT N5 will be very difficult.

To improve your timing, you need to be very familiar and comfortable with the exam curriculum. As you learn new JLPT N5 kanji, grammar, or vocabulary frequently review the ones you have already studied. This study and review cycle needs to be a constant habit or you may find yourself forgetting the things you studied earlier on.

Whenever you are doing sample questions from a book or even on the internet, count the number of questions you will be doing and calculate the maximum time you can allot yourself based on the real exam time. It is best to have a set of at least 10 questions to work with. Set a timer and begin. When the timer goes off, stop and count how many questions you were able to complete and write down you average time per question. If still have questions you haven’t answered, simply continue without the timer, or add more question to make a set of ten and go at it again.

In the beginning, it may take you a lot of time to answer each question, but that is to be expected. The more you study the JLPT N5 material, the easier it will be to answer the questions quickly. A note of caution, in order to pass the JLPT you need to answer the questions correctly, not just quickly. Therefore, do not sacrifice accuracy for speed on the JLPT exam. Tweet this

In your studies and on exam day, the ultimate goal is to answer the questions correctly within the average time allotted per question.

When you are through checking your answers, make a note of your score in the form of a percentage. If for example you answered 7 of 12 questions in 15 minutes, your average time would be 2.14 minutes with a score of 58%. In your future studies, the goal is to reduce your time while increasing your score.

If you implement the tips above, you will get used to answering questions at a pace that will allow you to maximize both speed and accuracy on exam day. This in return will increase the likelihood that you will pass the JLPT.

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