Piotr Rusin

Software Engineer | Deliberate Practitioner | Husband

Learning project: Japanese Language Proficiency Test N5


・One is able to read and understand typical expressions and sentences written in hiragana, katakana, and basic kanji.

・One is able to listen and comprehend conversations about topics regularly encountered in daily life and classroom situations, and is able to pick up necessary information from short conversations spoken slowly.

  • Kanji reading - Test reading of words written in kanji
  • Orthography - Test kanji and katakana for words written in hiragana
  • Contextually-defined expressions - Test words whose meaning is defined by contex
  • Paraphrases - Test words and expressions with similar meaning
  • Sentential grammar 1 (selecting grammar form) - Test judgment on grammar formats that suit sentences
  • Sentential grammar 2 (sentence composition) - Test sentence composition that is syntactically accurate and makes sense
  • Text grammar - Test judgment on suitability of sentences for text flow
  • Comprehension (short passages) - Test understanding of contents by reading easy original text of approximately 80 characters regarding topics and situations involving study, everyday life and work
  • Comprehension (mid-size passages) - Test understanding of contents by reading easy original text of approximately 250 characters regarding topics and situations in everyday life
  • Information retrieval - Test ability to retrieve necessary information from original materials such as notices (approximately 250 characters)
  • Task-based comprehension - Test understanding of contents by listening to coherent text (test ability to extract necessary information to resolve specific issues and understand appropriate action to take)
  • Comprehension of key points - Test understanding of contents by listening to coherent text (test ability to narrow down points based on necessary information presented in advance)
  • Verbal expressions - Test ability to select appropriate verbal expressions by listening to circumstances while looking at illustrations
  • Quick response - Test ability to select appropriate responses by listening to short utterances such as questions

Test time

Language Knowledge (Vocabulary)〈20min〉

Language Knowledge (Grammar)・Reading〈40min〉


1h30min total


Sample questions - https://www.jlpt.jp/e/samples/n5/index.html




Hiragana - https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/learn-hiragana

Katakana - https://www.tofugu.com/japanese/learn-katakana

Hiragana & Katakana practice - https://kana-quiz.tofugu.com



vocabulary https://nihongoichiban.com/2011/04/30/complete-list-of-vocabulary-for-the-jlpt-n5

i-adjectives - https://nihongoichiban.com/2011/08/03/list-of-i-adjectives-for-the-jlpt-n5

na-adjectives - https://nihongoichiban.com/2012/06/04/list-of-na-adjectives-for-the-jlpt-n5

verbs - https://nihongoichiban.com/2011/08/21/list-of-all-verbs-for-the-jlpt-n5

expressions - https://nihongoichiban.com/2011/08/27/list-of-expressions-for-jlpt-n5


The exam takes place at the beginning of July, and December each year. I've chosen July - and it marks a preparation deadline.



  • mastering hiragana and katakana
  • learning first kanji
  • vocabulary - counting

Progress log


I've started research to answer a few questions:

  • how long does a test take
  • when and where can it be taken
  • what I need to know to pass it


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