This July JLPT is only available in a few countries, but the December test is the big one. This test is conducted all around the world. And for a lot of people, this is the one shot you get at passing the exam until next year. It can be pretty intense, considering a lot of you signed up for the test a few months ago, thinking you can get in a lot of studying before the big day.
And now that day has come to pass. I hope you were able to get in all the studying you wanted to do before today and that you were in a good condition to take the test and get the score that you deserve. Thanks everyone for all your support and all your emails and questions over the last few months. It has been great to hear from you all. I hope that I was able to help everyone and at least point you in the right direction.
I also hope you were able to take the test in good conditions. It can be a little difficult to take the test if the weather is especially cold, and they didn’t figure out how to turn on the heating in your classroom. Or if they did figure out how to turn on the heat, but somehow managed to turn it up to max.
So, how did you think you do?
I Freaking Aced it!
If you feel like you sailed through this test, what do you think lead to you passing the test? Did you try to focus on a particular way of studying? What do you think had the most impact on your score? We would love to hear about it in the comments.
I’d especially like to hear about anything interesting or unusual that you like to do. We have all heard of how to drill vocabulary with apps, and trudge through some good drill books. But, did you do anything that is not on the beaten path? Did you read Manga for 4 hours a day? Did you find cookbooks had a lot of the vocabulary and grammar that you needed to pass your level? I’m interested to know.
I didn’t Do so Well
First of all, I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe it was the freezing weather, maybe it was that annoying group of people behind you at the test, or the person next to you that was cheating off your mark sheet, but today wasn’t your day. Be sure to take a breather, maybe even take a break from this blog post (but be sure to stop back later), and go have a laugh. Watch a funny TV show or movie and then come back and see us.
OK, are you back? So, what did you focus most on? Did you do a lot of vocabulary work and neglect doing any reading practice? Did you forget to do any work with listening? What do you feel right now was the worst section for you? It is helpful to record it now, so that when you get your results back in a few months you can compare them to your initial reactions.
If something wasn’t sticking the way it should have, it is time to switch up your study routine. Actually, you might want to change absolutely everything about how you are studying so that you can get a fresh start with it. If your studying was focused mostly on reading and writing, maybe it is time to shift to doing more listening and speaking. Right now, you have a good amount of time before the next test, so you should go and find something you want to learn about and have fun with, and who knows that might just help you pass next time.
If you took the test in Japan and registered online, I’m sure they told you that test results will be online somewhere in the first part of February. However, they usually post results on the last Tuesday of January. The server is usually packed for the first few hours of the day and might even be a little patchy after that, but you should be able to check your results around that time.
Now, that is unofficial of course, they might come out sooner or later, but they have been releasing the results around that time every year since they start online registration, so if I were a betting man, that is when I would plan on them coming out.
They will then mail out certificates after that, so if you registered the old fashion way you should get them sometime at the beginning of February. Results in other countries should be slightly more delayed by about a week or so. In some areas, it might be early March before you see your results.
Whenever you get your results be sure to come visit me here at the blog. I’d love to hear from everyone about how you did.
But right now, what are your initial reactions to the test? Was it easier or more difficult than you thought? What level did you take? Let us know in the comments below.