Kanji list for JLPT N5 in Japanese Melbourne Language School
Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Can you recognise all the 漢字 (kanji) above?
They are all the kanji you need to understand to pass the N5 level of JLPT.

The JLPT is the benchmark prepared by the Japan Foundation to assess and certify the Japanese language skills of non-native speakers.

Where, When, How

The test is held on the first Sunday of December in Melbourne every year.
The application process starts July –  September.
It is usually held at the RMIT City Campus.

There are 5 levels: N5 –  N1, with N5 being the lowest level and N1 the most advanced. The test consists for four parts: Listening, Reading, Grammar, and Vocabulary.
Passing the test requires both achieving an overall pass mark for the total points, and passing each section individually – so one cannot pass by doing well on the written section but poorly on the listening section.
Each level gets exponentially challenging.
For example, N5 has 100 kanji, N4 has another 500, N3 has another 1500 and so on.
To work or study tertiary education in Japan, you need to AT LEAST an N2 certificate. That’s why anytime is a good time to start preparing.


We provide preparation for the JLPT all year round. The structure of our JLPT prep course is usually grammar from February to June, listening and reading from July to September, and mock exams from October to November. Kanji and vocabulary will be drilled during the whole year.

Of course, we are happy to create a study plan for your personal needs.

For more information please visit the JLPT website.

To book or learn more about our courses please contact us at 04 30 103 660, email us at
admin@japanesemelbourne.com.au or click here to schedule an online video meeting.

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