The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Language at N4 Level


The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Language at N4 Level

Are you willing to pursue JLPT N4? In this blog, we will learn about JLPT N4 and learn a few tips and tricks to clear the JLPT N4 test in 2024. 

Understanding JLPT.

Japanese Language Proficiency Tests, well-known as JLPT, help examine the Japanese language score of non-native Japanese language speakers. This test is organized twice yearly (July and December) in India. People willing to settle in Japan or want to study there need to take JLPT tests.

JLPT is further divided into five levels, as follows:

  • N5 and N4: The Most Basic Level
  • N3: Is the medium level. It works as a bridge between N5, N4, and N2, N1.
  • N2 and N1 are the most advanced levels.

Advantages of the JLPT N4 Level

These JLPT certificates will be very advantageous for those who are willing to pursue education in Japan or work for a Japanese company.

In this blog, we will focus more on how the JLPT certificates will be useful and how they prove your interest in the Japanese language.

For those Japanese language learners willing to test their skills and basic Japanese knowledge, this JLPT N4 level certificate can be a perfect goal. You can easily discover your strengths and weaknesses by opting for this JLPT N4 level exam and even further pursue your Japanese language studies. An N4 certificate can prove your mastery of the Japanese language and can motivate you to move ahead to higher JLPT levels.

Different sections of the JLPT N4 Level.

The JLPT N4 level is further divided into 3 major sections as follows:

  • Vocabulary: kanji, orthography, contextually defined expressions, paragraphs, and their usages.
  • Grammar and Reading: Grammar form, sentence composition, short and mid-length passages.
  • Listening: task-based comprehensions, verbal expressions, and quick responses.

In the JLPT N4 level, there are around 1500 vocabulary words and 300 kanji. That is, 200+ kanji and 700+ vocabulary words are added to N4 rather than N5.

On the N4 Level, nouns and verbs and daily expressions, adjectives, adverbs, and some katakana words are included in 1500 vocabulary words. The N4 level will cover the kanjis that are used in a variety of places, such as restaurants and workplaces. However, the N5 level included kanji that were used in daily life. Once you master the N4 level, you will be able to handle the daily situations hassle-free.

Apart from kanjis and vocabulary words, you should also be familiar with typical grammar points like basic particle usage and formal and casual conjugations of verbs and adjectives. You should also be comfortable with reading and writing sections before opting for the N4 level tests.

Japanese learners who are comfortable speaking Japanese can also easily clear this test, although there is no speaking section in JLPT N4 level tests. However, fluently speaking, reading, and writing the Japanese language is equally important for Japanese learners.

How long is the JLPT N4 Level Test?

Each section holds a different level of time for the tests.

  • Vocabulary takes 25 minutes.
  • Grammar and reading take 55 minutes.
  • Listening takes 35 minutes.

In total, you are allotted 95 minutes to complete your JLPT exam.

Scoring of JLPT N4 Level

Though the N4 level is divided into 3 sections, the scoring is divided only into 2 sections, as follows:

  • Vocabulary, grammar, and reading range from 0 to 120.
  • Listening ranges from 0 to 60.

Hence, the overall score ranges from 0 to 180.


N4 Level Exam: Preparation

Now let’s learn how to effectively prepare for the N4 level.

Before you start your preparation for the N4 level exam, you should first understand the structure of the tests. The test is divided into three sections to assess your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and listening ability. Each section has multiple-choice questions and written pieces at a higher level.


Use preparation materials for a better score.

Make use of flashcards, last-year test papers, worksheets, and grammar books while preparing for the JLPT N4 exam. Do you use online resources to search for meanings and gain a gain a better understanding of vocabulary words and grammar? Also, many online courses now offer access to virtual classrooms, which can be beneficial for learning with peers, asking questions, and getting feedback from an instructor.


Try to create strategy plans.

You can make sure you have a good strategy plan for the test by coming up with methods for each type of question. Review all kinds of questions and use practice tests to work on different skills, like how to remember kanji or vocabulary words faster, how to understand language patterns quickly and effectively, or how to quickly find information in a passage. You could read the questions ahead of time, for instance, so that you know what the main points are when you read the text.

On the test day.

Do arrive before time and carry your own pencils, erasers, test voucher, and a watch. When you arrive, show your voucher, and the staff will direct you to a room.

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