The path to JLPT success can be daunting, filled with challenges and unexpected pitfalls along the way. From neglecting vocabulary to struggling with time management, many test takers face common obstacles that can hinder their progress. 

However, at Toranomon Language School, we believe that with the right guidance and strategies, these obstacles can be overcome. Our comprehensive JLPT preparation program not only equips students with the language skills they need to excel but also provides invaluable support to help them navigate the exam with confidence. Let’s delve into some common mistakes in JLPT preparation and explore how you can conquer them.

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Neglecting Vocabulary:

Some test takers may get stuck focusing on grammar structure and kanji that they forget the simple vocabulary aspect of the test taking. Vocabulary makes up most of the test, and just because it seems like the most simple part, make sure not to overlook it!


  • Create flashcards or use vocabulary apps to review and reinforce new words regularly.

  • Incorporate vocabulary practice into daily routines, such as labeling objects around your home in Japanese.

  • Use mnemonic devices or association techniques to aid memorization of challenging words.

Ignoring Listening Practice:

A large portion of this test involves listening comprehension. Although you will be listening to sentences that are already formed, you should still be studying to ensure that you get full marks.

  • Listen to Japanese podcasts, music, radio, or audiobooks regularly to improve listening comprehension.

  • Watch Japanese TV shows, movies, or YouTube videos with subtitles to familiarize yourself with different accents and speech patterns.

  • Complete listening practice exercises from JLPT preparation materials or online resources.

Skipping Practice Exams:

Practicing exams for the JLPT is an essential part of preparation, enabling candidates to familiarize themselves with the exam format, identify areas for improvement, and develop the skills and confidence needed to succeed on test day.


  • Incorporate regular practice exams into your study schedule, mimicking the timing and conditions of the actual JLPT.

  • Analyze your performance after each practice test to identify areas of weakness and adjust your study plan accordingly.

  • Set specific goals for improvement based on practice test results and track your progress over time.

Neglecting Time Management:

The JLPT is a timed test with strict time limits for each section, and candidates must efficiently allocate their time to complete all questions within the allotted timeframe. Without effective time management skills, candidates risk running out of time and leaving questions unanswered, which can significantly impact their overall score.

  • Practice time management strategies during study sessions, setting time limits for completing practice questions or sections.

  • Break down each section of the JLPT exam into smaller time intervals to ensure even pacing throughout.

  • Prioritize questions based on difficulty and allocate more time to those that require deeper thought or analysis.


In our JLPT Intensive Course, we tackle common obstacles head-on. From neglecting vocabulary to struggling with time management, we provide targeted strategies for success. Our course emphasizes regular vocabulary practice, listening comprehension, and transitioning away from romaji. We also prioritize full-length practice exams to develop effective time management skills. With our support, students can navigate the JLPT with confidence and achieve their goals.


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