I'm not sure why I'm taking the JLPT because I don't exactly like the challenge. It's stressful, and studying for it sometimes makes me feel dumb. Despite that, for some reason I'm curious to see how I measure up to the test organizers' expectations. But I've found two apps that are going to help me pass Level N4: JLPT Study ($3.99 on iTunes) for the iPhone and KanjiBox ($4.99 on iTunes) for the iPad. (There is an iPhone version of KanjiBox that sells for a dollar less.)
|You can choose to practice either vocabulary or kanji.|
|Then select the level of the test you are taking.|
|Or, you'll see a word in English. You have four choices.|
|If you're right, you get a lovely green light.|
|If you're wrong, you'll see a harsh red light. You'll get the correct answer, too.|
|Once you choose your level in the Settings tab, you can choose to study kanji, vocabulary, or reading.|
|There are four ways to study kanji in this app.|
|You're given a word in hiragana, katakana, and/or English, then you chose the correct kanji.|
|Here you choose the missing kanji from the compound.|
|The quiz is basically the same as the drills, except it is timed.|
Feel the pressure!
|I haven't played with the Flashcards too much, but they look great on the iPad.|
|The vocabulary portion is much like the kanji, but with more phrases.|
|You have to read quickly during the Vocab Quiz.|
|With any luck, I won't see this in the spring after my test is graded.|
Of course, nothing beats actually studying for the test, and I'm listening to CDs and taking sample tests from workbooks as well. I must thank my sensei for being tremendously patient with me throughout this process. I'm down to my final days of preparing for the JLPT, and Sunday I'll take the D train to the Bronx and Lehman College, where the test will be this year. Wish me luck!
Are you taking the JLPT? How are you studying for it?