Category Archives: JLPT

JLPT Results Post Review

Dear all,

Went to retake the N2 exam with my students and got my 1st highest N2 result!

This time round, i can safely say that the marks were heavily moderated (estimated about 10 marks)

I.e if you are getting around 150, your actual score in the exam is around 140.

If you are interested to find out more about how JLPT is marked, please sign up for my free session located here.

My students didnt do so well for this July, but i think they did their best and hope that they can do better for Dec.

N1: 1/4 pass (1 student failed by 3 marks)
N2: 1/4 pass (exclude myself)
N3: 1/1 pass
N4: 1/1 pass
N5: All pass (Highest score: 164/180, 2nd highest score: 162/180)

Let me know how did you guys fare.


JLPT After thoughts

Hi all,

How was the paper today?

Today i went to support my N4/N5 students in the morning and took N1 in the afternoon with my students.

This year, i felt the level for N1 has dropped a bit. Some of the words in question 1 and 2 are testing N2 words. For grammar, a lot of N4/N5 stuff were tested. My student who studied cram with me for 2 months told me that Paper 1 was easy for him. But listening was difficult.

According to my students, N4 was relatively easy, N5 was a bit difficult.

All in all, what i want to say is that as you progress up to the higher levels, do not forget your fundamentals. If not you will never know that to even attempt the higher levels, you need the knowledge from the lower levels.  That is also why i always want my students to get at least 85% for N4 and N5 before they do N2.

Do contact me if you are having difficulties and i will see how i can help you achieve what you want.

Worked from 7am to 10pm


Hi all,

About another 1 more month to JLPT. Are you guys prepared?

As usual, i will be posting my tips on JLPT 2 days before exam.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions on any grammar, please feel free to put a comment here and i will explain.


Thoughts about JLPT today

Hi all,

How was JLPT today?

Today, i had the chance to take N4 with my students today and had other students taking N1-N5…

I personally feel that the level difficulty is so-so, but the qns are a bit tricky. For those taking N1, N2, dont forget to revise your basics, especially your adverbs.

I was quite happy that some of the points that i spotted came out… N1 is a bit easier than last year, based on what my students told me. N2 is a bit harder on the listening section.

Don’t forget to revise, revise, revise!

It’s been a long day for me, woke up at 545am and just ended work now.

If you have any personal questions like how to improve various sections, drop me an email. No charges. Just want to help a fellow 後輩. =)



Thoughts about JLPT

Dear all,

How was the JLPT last weekend?

I took the JLPT with my students last week and felt that overall the standards have went up. You will see N1 vocabulary on a N3 paper, N4 vocabulary on N5 paper, etc, etc.

I want to write more tonight but i am still on a sabbatical holiday now.

Nonetheless i just wanted to update you guys via a short note on the JLPT.

Kindly check back on Fri night for the updated post.

Saw some N4 stuff tested in N5, for example.


Subsequently, saw some N3 stuff tested in N4.

Tested N1 vocabulary and some N2 vocabulary.

Listening seemed to be more difficult than the rest. I thought it was quite easy though.

Some words tested were outside of N1 syllabus.
The star questions seemed to be a bit tricky…

Overall, i feel that foundations are very important in passing N1 and N2. If your foundations are not good, why not take a look at my Beginner and Intermediate classes?
They are more in depth that what you learn in school, of course in terms of difficulty, it would be more difficult, but it will help as you move towards the higher levels.

An example of what my students study for Conditional-form would be as follows:

Do take a good break this month and start working hard again in Jan. If you feel like you are not sure how to improve or where you are weak in, drop me an email via here .