The N3 Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) measures upper-intermediate levels of language proficiency by testing reading and listening abilities. Out of the 5 JLPT, it is the first that has substantial benefits outside of being just a benchmark for progress. Passing the N3, N2, o N1 is especially valuable as proof of considerable language ability that can be added to resumes or applications for employment or schooling.


The N3 tests literary knowledge of approximately 650 kanji. The N3 provides less furigana than the N4, so test takers should familiarize themselves with the phonetic reading and meaning of as many kanji as they can. There is still a moderate amount of furigana on the exam, but knowing more never did less for success!

Studying grammar and vocabulary for Japanese language proficiency test n3.

Because the N3 is an upper-intermediate level exam, it requires a vocabulary of about 3750 words, which is more than double the requirement for the N4. According to the JLPT website, the N3 tests literacy, and comprehension of passages that contain information about everyday topics. The materials will involve specific information written at a slightly difficult level that will require a firm grasp of Japanese to understand. However, the exam provides some simpler wordings along with the complex content for assistance. In addition, the N3 tests the ability to comprehend summary information, such as newspaper headlines or abbreviated titles of works. Understanding differences between similar terms and grammar patterns helpful to very successfully pass the reading section of the N3.


What is necessary for the JLPT N3 listening section.

The listening section of the N3 tests one’s ability to comprehend and follow conversations regarding everyday topics and situations. The audio, according to the JLPT website, is delivered at near-natural speed. However, the subject matters are relatively uncomplicated, so understanding the contents and context of the situation at this speed should be comfortable with enough practice. Some useful recommendations to prepare for the listening section are provided below.

Study Methods

Students of upper-intermediate Japanese ability undoubtedly have textbooks or other materials that have taught and prepared them enough to undertake the N3. Going over this preexisting supply is a significant first step to studying for the exam. Using the audio CDs attached to textbooks is highly recommended to prepare for the listening section of the N3. There are also sample audio tests available on Youtube. These are not only valuable study sources – they are useful indicators of what will be on the N3 listening section. Studying the vocabulary and reading materials of upper-intermediate textbooks is recommended to succeed in the reading section. A strong focus should be put on reading comprehension – kanji, vocabulary, and grammar structure and usage.

Studying for the JLPT N3 exam.

Since the N3 requires a significantly more in-depth level of understanding of Japanese than the N4 or N5, using books, movies, and a slice of life manga and anime to study can also be helpful for both sections. The JLTP website and an abundance of others provide quizzes and review useful materials that can aid in preparation as well. Many of these tools are highly reliable since they are primarily created by individuals who have taken the N3 or higher.

The N3 is a useful test of Japanese proficiency that can aid in future employment or academic activity. Passing the N3 reflects a respectable knowledge of Japanese and provides individuals with a globally recognized credential. Flexible language ability and understanding is imperative for success, which can be attained through proper preparation.


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