How long does it take you to reach N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 level?

How long does it take you to reach N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 level?

How long does it take you to reach N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 level? In the past, when the old proficiency system named “kyu” was in use, The Japan International Cooperation Agency announced the amount of time that a beginner has to spend in studying to pass a particular level :

4kyu ~ 150 hours – 3kyu ~ 300 hours  –  2kyu ~ 600 hours – 1kyu ~ 900 hours

When that system was no longer used, they established an equivalent one :

4kyu -> N5   –  3kyu -> N4

Between 3kyu and 2kyu is N3

2kyu -> N2   –   1kyu -> N1

Reference : compare  old jlpt and new jlpt. In terms of content, the new JLPT tends to be more close to actual everyday life in comparison with the old JLPT

So how long does it take you to reach N1, N2, N3, N4, N5 level?

According to the comparison above, we can see the similarity in terms of time of studying that you are supposed to pass a JLPT level :

4kyu ~ N5 ~ 150 hours

3kyu ~ N4 ~300 hours

N3 stays between 3kyu and 4kyu -> perhaps it takes us about 450 hours ~ 500 thours  ;).

2kyu ~ N2 ~600 hours

1kyu ~ N1 ~900 hours

See the following table


Explaination : If you spend 5 hours at class and 10 hours self study per week, or 60 hours per month. You are required to study in

N5 ~ 2 months and a half.

N4 ~ 5 months

N3 ~ 7 months and a half

N2 ~ 10 months N1 ~ 15 months

It’s the same with other rows.

That’s what they have said. It seems to be very suspicious and might only be possible with ones who really study with 100% energy.  In fact, many Vietnamese must do it in much longer time, even twice outweight . Especially at N2, N1 level.

Reference : Japanese self-studying route

How many hour a day are you studying?

– If you study less than 1 hour a day. It’s Ok if you have already passed N1 or N2. But if you are under N3, it’s a big problem. It’s difficult for you to get improved. You should clearly identify your goal so that you can have more motivation to try ;). (See more: Set goal to learn Japanese).

– From 1 – 2 hours. You must have much concerned about Japanese language. However, if your purpose is to use Japanese in work and daily life, you need to pay more attention to it. Or it will take you much more time to reach the higher levels. Try to increase it to 2 – 3 hours a day. Let’s find an appropriate japanese study method that may help you to be more interested in studying 🙂

– From 2 – 8 hours a day. You’re really focusing on Japanese. Studying Japanese has become a part of your daily life. You should keep this regular routine so that you can progess quickly 😉

– More than 8 hours, even 10 hours a day. Many people with high determination can do this, especially when the examination is close. Let’s use some interesting ways in your study to increase the study efficiency, and avoid stress as well 😀

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