We've seen many posts asking when or if Naruto will advance in level and climb to Chuunin, Jounin and ultimately Hokage. I wanted to point out one thing that seems to get lost among the hundreds of "yes/no" replies. Let's all make this quite clear. If Naruto were to take part in another Chuunin Exam, it would be way too easy. He is too powerful to compete with Gennin. It would be totally out of place, and it would suck too. Now... When the purpose of the chuunin exam was explained by Sarutobi. The exams take the place of war. That means that the old way of advancing in level was through actual true, life and death COMBAT. These scenarios were avoided with the advent of the exam. They stopped losing valuable shinobi that way. However, now Naruto is facing so much danger and action right now that such situations are not in short supply. Also, let's not forget about Danzou's plans. There is a war looming and that is going to provide lots more fighting. In that fighting, reputations will be established and levels raised. Naruto doesn't need the exam to get his rank up.