I agree with the person who said that the n3 is harder than they expected. I did he sample n4 on the jlpt page and it was so easy. Then I tried the n3 and only did the first 20 questions because it was so hard and I got frustrated. I mostly guessed and got 55% right but that is because I could read slowly and take my time. On the real test, I would bomb it in a big way.
I think it is unfortunate that the new test is set up so that the old 3 is equivalent to the new n4. I think people will subliminally/subconsciously equate the new n3 and the old 3 as being roughly equivalent. So even though the n3 is much, much harder than the old 3, I don't think it is going to get much respect so there is probably no point in taking it. I am not going to even bother taking the n3. I am just going to wait until I am ready for the n2.
The n3 seemed much closer in difficulty to the n2 than it did to the n4. The sample questions for the n3 do not seem to me to be a midway point between the n2 and n4. But maybe the actual n3 will be more in the middle of the two. But if the real n3 is like the sample questions, then you might as well study a little more and take the n2.
Can't wait until July 4 to find out what the n3 is really like from people who take it. I am so excited to hear about it.
The n3 seemed much closer in difficulty to the n2 than it did to the n4.
It's not. I did N4 with no problems, easy. I did N3 and I had significant trouble. A lot of the words I recognized but didn't know well or at all but I could get a good idea of the meaning from the context. The grammar tripped me up here and there but was mostly ok. It seemed overall like a couple months of study would have me well set to pass with ease.
I looked at the N2 questions and was basically entirely clueless. Didn't know most of the grammar, didn't or only vaguely knew lots of the kanjis. I was lucky when I could make an educated guess.
So, in short, N2 is way more difficult than N3
Last edited by Mindflux; June 28th, 2010 at 13:16.