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[Sep. 8th, 2007|04:37 pm]
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Character/Vocabulary section in my first Lv1 practice test?

63/90.

Juuuuuust passing. I'm not very happy with it, though, as I was guessing on a lot of them. Now, because I've spent most of the past four years studying by immersion, my ability to guess is really what I've been advancing, so maybe it's not that bad, but... meh. I don't like it much.

The "which of the following kanji compounds are read the same way as the example kanji compound", "which of the following sentences contains the kanji that is used in the example sentence, operating only from readings", and "identify the sentence that most closely uses this word the way it should be used" questions were the hardest. I felt entirely out of my depth, and I'm not sure whether I can acquire the appropriate vocabulary in time. However, I've signed up for the test now, and I might as well do my best. The fee is non-refundable. ^^

I still have to do the listening and grammar/reading sections of the test as well, but I think I'm going to put that off until tomorrow. If the listening section is anything like the Lv2 test, I'm going to ace it. However, the Lv2 test didn't have any of those hellish vocabulary problems, either, so it won't pay to be too cocky.
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[User Picture]From: benabik
2007-09-09 02:55 pm (UTC)
Two questions:

1) What tests are these?

2) What method would you suggest for learning japanese? I think about it from time to time, but haven't found anything that really sticks although I'll admit I haven't tried taking formal classes yet.
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2007-09-09 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be taking the Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test this year. It goes from Level 4 to Level 1, with Level 1 being the most difficult. I believe it used to be used similarly to the TOEFL for students studying abroad, but there's now a different test for that.

Classes. Go to a good class, preferably true university level, and put the time and effort into it. I haven't seen any other method that gives the same results.

And if they tell you you're going to be studying in romaji, find somewhere else.
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[User Picture]From: harinezumi
2007-09-09 10:56 pm (UTC)
How do you sign up for the JLPTs, and when do they hold the tests? Been thinking of getting my hands on some study materials and signing up for the Lv. 3 just to have a defined goal to work towards. There's only so far you gan get with manga and visual novels -_-

Good luck with the Lv.1!
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[User Picture]From: siliconrose
2007-09-10 12:33 am (UTC)
http://www.jflalc.org/?act=tpt&id=23

The test this year is on December 2nd, a Sunday, and is being administered in Seattle (as well as a heap of other places).
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