The JLPTー日本語能力試験/nihongo nouryoku shiken ( some kind like TOEFL) is finally over. Otsukaresama deshita.
Due to the misunderstanding during the briefing last year, my friend and I took the wrong level that leaded us to troublesome situation.
Why? Simply saying, if only we fail passing the required level by this year, we’re going to be sent back home. Scholarship terminates!
Ppl keep saying that there’s not much difference between level 4 and 3(4&3 kyuu)*.
“Getting experience staying in Japan – in the term of having chance of meeting and practising with the natives, there won’t be any significant problems”.
Well, it can be both true and wrong, it’s so logical but no guarantee at all.
Because I know quite many of them that have been staying for years, but they gave up on Japanese, they speak English to their academic advisors and making friends with their own country’s friends. Or there are ones who do speak but can’t read at all.
So what I’m trying to say is : it depends on the invidual theirselves and the circumstances.
I admit my Japanese is not good enough (oops, even English and Indonesian that have been studying for years yet discontented.. :P)
However, I’m trying my best to improve. Besides, I am facing the circumstances of being sent home! :P It doesn’t worth afterall if the scholarship’s terminated only because of JLPT.
As I have my master entrance test earlier as compared to some of my friends, I had been passing the hard times learning the kanji thingy that almost made me insane (or dreamt of being chased by those kanjis, haha). But the good point is I feel blessed, cause my Japanese improved quite much. That’s why, not long after JLPT application’s opened, I was thinking of taking 2kyuu instead of 3kyuu.
But seems like my sponsor has six-sense… One day after my crazy idea raised, I got email from them, giving advise to take 3kyuu instead of 2kyuu, considering of how risky it is to go for 2kyuu. haha..
Regarding to this 3kyuu, my friend and I did communicate of our preparation, we keep updated and support each other.We practised from the books and did simulation. My simulation result was shockin’ me. It’s 245pts**, only 5pts higher than the minimum passing score. But finally, just found out that I made the wrong calculation in grammar. So the true simulation result was 320sth. Relieved!
Not that relieved actually, I had no idea if there’s any relationship to the concequence we should face if we fail it. But the fact, one night before, I slept at 11PM and woke up at 1AM going to the restroom and then completely couldn’t sleep until the morning.. huhuhu.. So I only slept for 2 hours.
Maybe you asked, so what are you doing, Wil? Studying?
Haha, no no.. I only reviewed for a while, the later was that I cooked @3AM sth. The smell of my own-style fried udon creeped to the whole room and outside. Can you imagine that? hihihi..
I did washing my clothes without using washing machine, hanging my clothes outside(damn cold) and also cleaning up my rooms!
So, on the test that started from 9.45 AM -2.35PM, there was times that I unintentionally realized my eyes’re closed. The hardest part esp in the Grammar Section since it’s after the lunch.. -_-;
One thing for sure, Japan has much strict rules, they have yellow and red cards for penalty. Mobile phone is to be switched off, otherwise we’re going to be penalized : red card and fail the test. For this reason, I checked my mobile for 4 times if it’s already switched off.
Eventhough I felt the difficulty-weighted than previous years’ problem sets, overally, kanji+vocabulary’s quite okay, maybe I made about 1 wrong in kanji and 4 in vocabulary, out of 55/50? Can’t remember.:P
And for listening’s also not that bad though I missed some parts, I can say that I have much improved as compared to the last year test. Grammar also quite good.
So I hope both my friends and I can pass this test.. Just can’t wait until next February..
Some of my friends that took the 1kyuu and 2kyuu told me that the test was pretty difficult.
Is my friend’s saying true? She once told me that the problem sets in the odd year are more difficult than the even ones. hehehe..
*In JLPT, the level provided is level 1-4. Level 1 is the advanced one while level 4 is the beginner.
**The scoring system goes like this:
1) Kanji and Vocabulary (文字。語彙 / moji.goi）-> 100 pts
2) Listening （聴解 / choukai）-> 100 pts
3) Grammar （文法 / bunpou）-> 200 pts
All in total is 400pts, and we need 60%(240pts) at least, in order to pass it
(note. 70% (280pts) at least for 1kyuu and 2kyuu)