The JLPT Examination

Hello my fellow USF bulls, I hope all of your finals went well! I am about to enter my last week here at Kansai Gaidai and I would be lying if I didn’t say I am sad. I wish I could rewind time and start my study abroad experience all over again. I have had such an amazing experience in Japan and I will never forget all of the friends that I have made this past year. Starting on Tuesday, my final exams will begin and I will finish them all by Friday. To be honest, I have not done much for the past two weeks besides study for the JLPT N2 exam. I took it last Sunday and now I am studying for this weeks final exams. I want to talk about the JLPT N2 exam now.

What can I say besides it is ridiculously hard. Before taking this test I looked online at some example test for the N3 exam and I felt the questions were to easy. Based off of that and teacher recommendations, I felt comfortable selecting the N2 as my test. If you are unfamiliar with the JLPT test, it is the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. The easiest test is the N5 and they get exceptionally more complicated as they work down to N1. N2 is considered the Business proficiency test. What does that mean, you may be asking yourself? If you hold the certificate for the N2, you are able to enter many Japanese companies and will be able to speak and comprehend Japanese in the workplace. The N1 test is a completely different monster. The N1 is difficult for Japanese natives just as an English test asking in depth questions about parts of speech and grammar would be for an American. Passing the N1 is seen as a sign of fluency in Japanese. You have no problems analyzing writings, problem solving, and you can comprehend difficult conversations. However, let’s not talk about the N1 for now.

I went into the N2 test with no feelings of anxiety…or at least I did, until I found out that there was no clock in the room, nor would the proctor give a time warning during the test. I of course did not bring a watch with me. It did not cross my mind that I really needed one because in the United States, there are always clocks in testing rooms. However, I didn’t let that pull me down. I just told myself not to spend much time thinking about one question.  After the first part of the test finished, I didn’t know how to feel about it. All I knew is that it was much harder than I anticipated. The testing time was from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.  By the end of the reading comprehension, Kanji, grammar and 1 hour and 10 minutes of listening, I was exhausted. I have absolutely no idea if I passed of failed the test and won’t get my results until the middle of February. In the mean time I will just hope that I somehow passed the test.
I am actually going to end the blog a little early and I will post my final blog after my exams this week. I need to start studying again to make sure I get A’s on all of my exams! Until next week, またね!

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