I took the N2 last summer and needless to say it wasn’t a wholly pleasant experience. I had been taking old nikyuu practice tests to prepare for it thinking that well, duh, they wouldn’t possibly change the format of the test would they?
Well, guess what, I was wrong. And I freaked out a bit. I didn’t take a practice test before hand, which was well, stupid. I know that now.
I also just recently learned the difference between choking and panicking. Yes, there is indeed a difference between these seemingly similar things. According to Malcolm Gladwell in his book “What the Dog Saw”, choking is when you overthink, panicking is when you don’t think at all, just act on pure instinct.
When I went into that test 6 months ago, I first panicked a bit, not knowing quite what to do. After the initial panic wore off, I went into choke mode. I felt myself overthinking the questions and not just taking the test.
So, heed my advice, take a practice test before that first Sunday of December. Otherwise you might get the wind knocked out of you. Also, vocab and kanji drills do work, that stuff is a bit mechanical, but it will help you respond to the questions asked of you with confidence.
Action Steps –
1) Have you taken a practice test? Did it help you?
2) Do you use drills as part of your study plan?