JLPT day

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I’m taking a short break from last minute studying to quickly remark on today’s activity: I’m taking the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). Honestly, it’s not much of an accomplishment for me to be taking this level of the test considering how long I’ve been studying, but, well, it’s hard.

I love the official description of the listening competency for my level:

“One is able to listen and comprehend conversations encountered in daily life and generally follow their contents, provided that they are spoken slowly.”

Yes, that’s about right!

In some ways, I think jumping through the right hoops is also part of taking the test. I signed up three months ago, but just found out two weeks ago the actual time and location of the test. Despite living in a city of more than 3 million people and a decent-sized population of foreigners, I have to take the test in a particularly inconvenient spot in Tokyo and will be leaving 2 and half hours before the test begins. The test itself is 2 hours, but there are a couple of breaks and official time for reading the instructions, so I’ll be there for 3 to 3 and half hours. And then home again. It’s an all-day event! But I’ve got my sharpened HB (#2) pencils packed, plus snacks, so I’m ready to go. Onward!

Edit: oh yeah, and I should mention that although the test is all multiple choice, I won’t get the results until February! Well, regardless of whether I pass, I’m determined to take the next level in July.

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