Sunday, December 1, 2013

[Rant] JLPT N2 was so hard!!!

Today I went for the JLPT N2 exam. The examination center was Keio University in Hiyoshi. That's a short distance from my work place. So it didn't take a long time for me to get there from home.

Entrance of the Keio University in Hiyoshi
Entrance of the Keio University in Hiyoshi. Nice autumn leaves.

The exam was much harder than I thought. Maybe I didn't put enough effort on to it. I'm sure I'm going to fail. I felt that the moment I tried the first 5 questions. The Kanji characters in the first 5 questions were ones I've never even seen before. In the end I didn't have time to answer the last two questions either. They are all MCQs but I didn't want to test the examiner by coloring them after we were asked to stop coloring. Unfortunately, she didn't announce that there was only so and so minutes remaining. I felt she stopped the test earlier than she should have. It read 14:28 on my watch even though the test should have gone till 14:30. Sucks! Otherwise I could have just arbitrarily colored two numbers. To be honest, that's what I did for most questions though.

Last month I was invited to take their practice exams. I don't know why they conduct a practice exam in the first place. Maybe they use the results for research. Maybe they use it to regulate the standards of the real exam. Who knows? All I cared was that they returned JPY2,000 (our of the JPY5,500) for participation. Hey, even if they didn't do that, I would have participated because it would be helpful for the real exam. But I wonder if that exam did more harm than good. This practice exam was much easier. Well, it wasn't easy but it was easier than today's exam. Perhaps that made me put less effort towards studies. I felt too confident after doing it. Dammit!

Anyways, let's hope I will have some luck left in me. I have to get 60 marks out of 100 to pass the exam. That’s quite a stretch and the chances are against me.

Oh well, there is always a next time. But that means studying, which I don't feel like doing. But in life, you will have to do things that you don’t like as well I guess.

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