This year, I have decided to take a break from taking the test. I have been moving more and more toward translation work and trying to sharpen up my listening and speaking skills. Basically, I do have decent listening skills, but trying to pay attention in meetings requires another level of focus that I have not yet mastered (and at this point, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to). It’s one thing to listen and understand something you are interested in, it is quite another to listen and understand something you are not interested in.
I feel like I really should up my speaking game. I can make good sentences, but just need the speed and confidence so that I can have a fluid conversation instead of stopping and starting all the time, which isn’t a good thing in business situations.
Anyway, it is a good thing I didn’t sign up. My translation projects had me working nonstop and culminated in a 48 hour period where all I did was work and eat. Needless to say, that took me a good week to recover from. And there was no way I was going to be able to put in the extra hours needed to hone my skills before the big day.
What your impressions?
But enough about me, what were your impressions of the test? I’d like to know how it went. Take some time to leave a comment about your experience below. Could you let us know:
- Where did you take the test? (in Japan?, Europe?)
- What level?
- What was the most difficult section of the exam?
- What was the easiest?
- And how did you prepare for the exam?
- Was your study plan effective? or are you going to change something for next time?
Letting us all know how you prepared is a big boost to your fellow JLPTers so take the time to brag about your awesome study methods. It will be a huge help for everyone.
Results from the JLPT December Test
So, you might be wondering when the actual results will be headed your way. If you registered online in Japan, they probably told you that they will be available in the first part of February of next year. But, if history is any guide, the results will be electronically available on the last Tuesday of January. To be exact, they will be available just after midnight. However, the server is usually completely overloaded at that time and it will take a while for you to get in. So, you can either try to hammer your way in for 30-40 minutes or simply wait until morning of the next day and hopefully make your way in then.
Either way, I hope you all did your best, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you about what worked and what didn’t. I’ll have another post in January for everyone to share results and tips. In the meantime, it is time to relax and take it easy. I hope you enjoy the holidays!