Today is the day the results are Online for “the rest of us” and I just could not wait! I was pondering, should I look them up? Should I wait for the results to be mailed? I decided to look them up, and I failed! What? Yes, 不合格 [ふごうかく] failed! Too bad, but that is the result. Close, but it was a fail. A in vocabulary B in grammar, but the listening killed me. I thought that if it were, it would be the grammar or the language knowledge part, or even the reading. But listening? No, I did not expect that this part would be a problem.
Even though it was a fail, it was a close to pass fail, no fail without a pass chance. It remains a fail, but it was worth it. I lack knowledge, and know what I have to work on. I’m not happy with reading, B because I think I could have done better. I also think that my grammar needs some more brushing up, but listening has top priority. I still have a test-book full of listening comprehension questions. I will work through it to improve my understanding. Test, or no test, doesn’t matter. This is really just a matter to proof it to myself that I can do better. Besides that, until december for the N1, I should improve overall.
The N2 was a challenge, it felt easy, and in some points it was and the scores reflect it. Nothing is lost, except some money, because I did it just for myself. There is no job at stake, there is no university entrance depending on it, it was just to see where I’m at. So it was a good idea to take the test, that it was over, that I know the results now, and whatever comes next, comes next. And what comes next is to shell out some money, for listening comprehension books for the N1, and for Grammar, and maybe even reading. N1 will be a different beast. So, on to N1!