The Japanese Language Proficiency Test is over for another year, and this time I am pretty confident that I did well.
The kanji and vocabulary sections were much easier than last time, mainly because I had a whole year to learn some new words.
A lot of sentences threw me off.
There were still a lot of lookalike kanji trick questions.
Man, Kanji is such a dick.
I cannot stress enough how much the Anki digital flashcard program helped for JLPT, though.
During the recess everyone would meet up outside and check their dictionaries.
I know for a fact I got words like 現在 messed up with 現存 and couldn’t figure out the meaning of 受け入れる.
however, there were also a lot of sections I just know I got right.
The next section, reading, is where I think I have barely scraped a pass.
You need to pass all 3 sections AND get a total score of 95/180 to pass the whole test, so if I have messed up reading, it’s over!
My problem this time around was the time limit.
I am a slow reader, and the reading section is a whopping 19 pages long.
Most of the passages follow a similar theme, and the last few questions are always super easy to do, but are riddled with tricks and traps that people easily fall into.
However, this year’s reading topics were so random:
How to sing anime songs at Karaoke.
How to take care of your teeth and chew food properly.
The story of an old Sakura tree.
People who like fish.
I can relate to most of those, yeah.
The final section, listening, was much easier compared to last year.
I guess being shouted at by hyperactive kids and perverse old men helped me pick up some colourful slang that just happened to appear on the test.
See, swearing is good!
Anyway, the results will come in February.
Thanks to everyone for your support!