I’m coming up on the JLPT next week, taking the N3. It’s my first time taking the test.
I’m fairly confident in every section but listening. In practice, I’ve still been getting over two-thirds of questions correct, which is, crazily enough, still passing, but it’s definitely my weakest section.
Though I live in, and listen to, Japanese every day, and always get the gist, I find myself often selecting the closest trick answer based on missing some essential piece of information right away.
For example: In a recent question about what a patient was supposed to do, I answered that they needed to get an X-ray and return to the nurse for further instructions. Which was right, except for the fact that I’d missed that he was getting a blood test first, mentioned once at the beginning of the conversation.
In another, I incorrectly selected an answer that said someone needed to return their books to the library by such-and-such dates, when the correct answer was the same dates but for pick-up. I’d missed 予約した本 right at the beginning of the conversation, where the rest went on to focus on dates.
How have you handled the actual test-taking elements of the listening section? My inclination is to take notes, but I’ve found questions go so fast that if I try to take any detailed notes, I wind up missing a piece of essential information. I’ve had better luck just crossing off answers as I listen, but I’m not sure if there’s an optimal or recommended strategy here.
The comprehension isn’t usually the hard part, if I can see everything written out. It’s just that you only get one shot to catch all the info. What’s worked for you?