Valerie, I'm also studying for JLPT 5 in December 2013!
My main encuragement is my trip to Japan next year
Since applying for the test, I started studying vocabulary on a more regular basis as well as translating easy reading stuff recently...
Yesterday I did the first practice test.
As I suspected, the listening comprehension part was quite a mess, thus I'd like to focus mainly on this part.
Fortunately, the spoken part of the test wasn't spoken in regular speed, thus I probably will be able to master, if I spend enough time to practice until December.
The written stuff seemed much easyer, like writing kanji in kana, except for the exceptions
up to what level and which season of Japanesepod101 audio lesson/video lesson is recommended for JLPT 5, to have a fair chance for the listening/comprehension stuff? At the moment, I'm attending a weekly Japanese class and we are almost done studying Minna no Nohongo 1.
Listening stuff seems to be the best practice for my momentarly needs until I dream in Japanese. Thus, I might buy a couple of months of Japanesepod101
Do you also offer specialized JLPT 5 material?
If I decide for a 6 month subscription, will I have to cancel renewing in advance or can I decide if it should renew automatically or not?
Unfortunately, I missed the 7 day trial period at Japanesepod to geht an idea... :/