How to Pass the JLPT in Just One Month

We cannot guarantee that you will pass the JLPT in just one month – but in this article – we will share our tips for preparing to pass the JLPT N5 Quickly!

Passing the JLPT N5 in just one month: is it really possible?

If you want to pass the JLPT N5 in as little as one month, it really depends on two factors:

  • What Japanese level are you starting at?
  • How much time do you have to study per day?

In the following image – we will share an estimate for how many study hours it takes.

How many study hours does it take to pass the JLPT N5
Self reported study hours from the JLPT Exam Registration Survey (JEES)

These estimates are based on the self reported study hours from the test takers themselves – reported when they register for the exam.  These are based on the 2019 edition of the JLPT.

Passing the JLPT N5 from Zero in One Month

Given the self-reported constraint, if you started from absolutely no Japanese ability – it would take you about two months of 8 hours of daily study in order to accomplish this.  This may be disputed – but its a general estimate based on anecdotal reporting.

Although we cannot guarantee you a pass – we may be able to increase your chances of passing the JLPT N5 by doing the following.

Memorize JLPT N5 Kanji and Vocabulary

Because the JLPT N5 has a combined grading tier for grammar, vocabulary, reading, and kanji – we recommend that your main study priority is to route memorize kanji and their readings – as the volume of the questions on the exam will likely be higher for kanji and vocabulary related questions. 

The amount of Kanji covered on the n5 level is higher than the amount of grammar constructions – and many of these grammar constructions.

If you would like a full list of JLPT kanji, please check out our JLPT Mega List. Here, you can find a list of common kanji found ont he JLPT, seperated by level.

Make sure to learn basic Japanese Grammar – Especially Particles

The Wa and Ga particles as well as the De and Ni particles will almost definitely be covered on the JLPT N5 exam’s grammar section.

If you are looking for a quick explanation of how to use these Japanese particles – check out our basic grammar guides.

Don’t forget Listening Practice!

The JLPT N5 Grading sections are divided into the written portion (grammar, kanji, vocabulary, reading) and the listening.  In order to pass the exam you have to pass both sections of the test.  A mistake that many last-minute learners make is that they forget to prepare for the listening section of the JLPT.

The JLPT N5 is around the same level as the genki textbook series – so having a basic understanding of the first ten chapters of the Genki textbook series is a good first step.

If you do not have the time to study that much, we recommend that you start our 30 day JLPT N5 Listening Challenge. We will provide you with a daily listening exercise and set of flash cards that will allow you to learn JLPT N5 level kanji and vocabulary alongside grammar.


We feel that if you take care to complete the 3 steps we’ve listed above you could stand a decent chance of passing the JLPT N5.  Of course it is not guaranteed – but learning Japanese is a journey of a thousand steps – and taking the test whether you pass or fail is an important step on that journey.

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