For those of you who are lucky enough to have been able to register online at MyJLPT, you can now see your official results for the December 2018 JLPT. The official results will be mailed out next week and should be arriving sometime next week for those that took the test in Japan. It will probably take a few weeks longer for those that took the test outside of Japan. However, if you entered a 8 digit password on your application form, you should be able to check your results online now at the official jlpt.jp site (not the JEES site MyJLPT).
If you are outside of Japan, you may want to check with the organization that conducts the test in your country to see if they have another system for reporting the results to you. Different countries and organizations have different time frames for when your results will get to. To check and see what organization puts on the test in your country, you can check the official JLPT site as well.
What do you do now?
Okay, so you got your results back and now it is time to look them over and give yourself a good self-evaluation. I’m sure over the last few weeks you have been tensely waiting for these results to come back so you can decide on how to spend your study time more effectively. Last year, I outlined some key steps that you can take to make the best use of your test results, which I encourage you to take the time to read over if you haven’t already.
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
But, this year I want to address one of the big questions I get around this time. And that is should you move on to the next level or stay where you are and retest. For example, a reader who had just failed the N3 by only a few points emailed me the other day, and was wondering if she should move on to N2 or stay with N3 in order to perfect her score.
It’s not an easy question to answer though because it depends a lot on your personal goals and your motivation. You need to start by asking yourself what the test means to you. Is it something that you need to pass in order to get a job or qualify you for a position? Are you taking the test for personal motivation and achievement? Do you just love taking tests?
If you are taking the test to qualify for a position, it might be better to focus on the particular level that is needed. For example, if you need N2 for a job, or would like to put that on your resume, I would move on to that level even if you haven’t passed lower levels. Later, if you do find it difficult to pass that higher level, you can move back to the level you were having trouble with.
On the other hand, if you are taking the test for personal achievement, it really comes down to your personal motivation. I think there is a lot to be said for perfecting your knowledge on a subject. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better at Japanese from really mastering the basics of N5. But for others this might take a serious toll on your motivation.
In the end, the race of life is always a race with yourself. Don’t feel like you need to pass N2 in a year just because somebody else has. It’s probably not going to be all that useful to you if you speed though it anyway. Real world usage, especially with speaking and writing Japanese, is also really important.
I know I have been a little quiet lately. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on my JLPT Study Guide for N5 that should be coming out soon. We’ve had multiple delays because I want to make this the best possible book for the N5. I’m getting excited about bringing it to everyone as soon as I can.
How about you?
How well did you do? Let me know in the comments below.