55 Reading Comprehension Tests for JLPT3
北嶋千鶴子（著者）North Island Company
I actually bought this as part of my 100万字 challenge. (At time of writing not at all on target at about 2.5万字）Finding suitable texts is quite a challenge. This one seemed to kill two birds with one stone. I could have reading practice and at the same time have reading comprehension practice for JLPT. The easier and quicker I can read the easier the JLPT will be I think.
The book wasn’t specifically written for JLPT but the author felt it was at such a level to be useful. There are 15 short 25 medium and 15 long passages. Nothing is longer than a single page. There are more kanji used than there are in JLPT test papers I think. None of the kanji have furigana but that’s actually quite useful. Each passage has between 1 and 4 short JLPT style multiple choice questions. The reason for any correct or incorrect answers is left as an exercise for the student.
The material isn’t exactly exciting but is reasonably interesting, including many Japanese related topics. There are also a number of graphs and picture questions that could be useful practice for the type of questions that come up on the listening section of the JLPT test.