I received my test voucher yesterday so I’m all set!
Luckily, the testing venue is just down the street from my home.
It’s a test for foreigners to gauge their Japanese ability. It’s basically reading, grammar and listening skills. (I don’t have to write or speak.)
I don’t know many people who have passed it. It’s very difficult for a non-native speaker of Japanese.
I’ve passed N2 (the second hardest level.) N2 is generally what is required to get a job in the field of Japanese.
This is my first time taking N1 and I don’t expect to pass it. My knowledge just isn’t there. I’m taking it more to go through the motions and get a good feel for the test.