So the test was today.
It was at 大手前大学 in Nishinomiya. I got there about an hour early and killed some time at the nearby McDonald’s.
There were about 130 people taking level 5 at my location, and about 95% or more looked like elementary school students, as I expected. There were a handful of adults, but most of them appeared to be someone’s mom or dad taking the exam with the kid for support. I didn’t see any other foreigners.
It helped immensely to have done practice tests from the prior years. It allowed me to waste no time deciphering the Japanese instructions for each section.
The most annoying thing was there was no clock in the room. I didn’t bring a watch, because other times I’ve taken tests in Japan there was either a wall clock or the proctors placed a clock on the blackboard or something. For this, they called out 30 minutes remaining, 10 minutes remaining, and then test over. I had about 5 minutes left after I felt liked I’d checked everything I could check.
We were allowed to keep the question booklet, so I’ll scan it and post it tomorrow.
I estimate that I got over 160 points. It’s hard to know for sure, since I didn’t write anything on the question booklet, but going on memory I think I can be confident I got at least that many. If anything it’s more, but we’ll see. As I’ve noted before, passing is 140. I’ll probably sign up for level 4 no matter what later today.