We luckily got a new super duper internet registration and score checking site for the JLPT. Before this site, we had to patiently wait by our mailboxes until the slip came. And back in the olden days of one test per year, we had to wait for 4 months for the results! By the time, you pretty much forget you even took the thing.
Anyway, no big surprise here. Yep, I failed, but I kind of knew that going into it, so I’m not exactly too heart-broken. I really focused on the grammar this round and although my grammar score was a little lower than I hoped, I still feel like I accomplished my goal of performing okay in that section.
In general, I feel like this score is something that I can work with. At least I didn’t score below 30, which was about what I scored the first time I took the N2 (mostly because I had no idea the format of the test completely changed). So I consider this a pretty big step forward considering I really only started seriously studying for the test about 2 months before.
Biggest Disappointment – Reading
I was really shocked by the reading score though. Mostly because I felt like I did okay with the reading. Even though I didn’t put any focus on it at all (I spent more time on grammar and vocabulary), I felt like I could at least pass it (get above 19/60). I don’t really remember too many passages catching me completely off guard, and I did have time to go back and re-read some things for a better understanding.
My reading speed is pretty much on par with what it should be. My biggest issue is comprehension. I am able to read the words, understand the individual words, but putting together the big picture is something I have yet to work out.
This is becoming pretty obvious as I start work my way through the So-Matome N1 Reading book. I’ve already encountered a few passages that I have been able to understand the words, but not really the overall meaning. Again, I’m going to start shifting away from raw list memorization and move more toward building up reading comprehension.
One of the biggest things I need to focus on are those fill in the blank questions, where they ask something like:
And then give you a list of words that could potentially fill in the blank in the passage.
Also, a lot of the references using こそあど words mix me up, too. The questions that go something like:
I’ll be going through a lot of practice exercises and doing some re-reading to make sure I boost my comprehension before the December test.
5 Month Plan Revisions
I’m now heading into my two reading months of my 5 month plan and now that I know I have a weakness in reading I’ll be throwing everything I got at it. I think I might even up the amount of reading I do in day to try to keep up the pace.
I’ll be trying out a series of reading techniques to help me build up comprehension and to see what is the most effective. I’ve already started to experiment with a few ways to improve my reading faster. But, I know it is going to be tough to bring my score up enough to pass in December.
I’m also extremely busy at the moment. Sometimes, I feel like I have bit off more than I can chew, but I really want to get N1 out of the way and concentrate more on teaching Japanese and blogging. There are a lot of fun new projects I’d like to work on here on the site, and some exciting things that are happening over at memrise.
I also just want to enjoy being father, which is my biggest priority at the moment.
Getting your Results
Different countries and institutions have different policies for how the results are issued, but here in Japan, you can check your results online at:
Note, that you had to have signed up for the July test through the online service in order to see them now. If you didn’t you have to patiently wait until the 3rd when they get mailed out.
How did you Fare?
Did you get your results back yet? How well did you do?