Since yesterday I was doing some good hard thinking about the JLPT. It is kind of weird. Even though I was learning intensively for the test, and practicing the acquired skills all around the Japanese web, in places only my browser history remembers for I don’t, I failed in the listening section. And the score for the reading section wasn’t that famous, earning me only a B there, I was considering my options.
Since the results are score only, pass or fail, it doesn’t give away much in terms of which and why questions have been answered wrong. Lucky me, though. The past test is available Online. So I will download it one of these days, re-do the test under testing conditions, and see how I do this time around, and thanks to the answer sheets, I will know which answers are wrong.
After that I will continue with the Kanji in Context workbook 2, take on writing again, which fell short the last couple of weeks. It shows, clearly, in that I use all the wrong particles in sentences, I keep trying to come up with the most suitable expressions, and its not coming readily. It isn’t exactly like back to square one, but it takes a considerable time to get things across. And I noticed what it did on my reading comprehension, because I haven’t had much time and no mental strength to that either.
As a result of all this, and since that little wake-up call of failing the test, I considered doing the following. I have received an invitation to come to Stuttgart to visit some friends there. Since Stuttgart is one of the cities that offers the JLPT, I could really go for another try on the N2, or straight to N1 which means that i’ll most likely be unprepared to a level I cannot hope to pass it. It would be an opportunity to do better. But knowing that I tend to do crazy things from time to time, it wouldn’t be that much of a surprise to say: “To hell with it, i’ll sign up today, tomorrow, or next week, and go for it.” We will see about that. Too bad, that in my country the test is only hosted once a year, they really have to change that.