I took this test in October, and found it surprisingly hard. I got a 431 on it.
I didn’t study for it at all because I was in Japan for vacation and figured I’d take it while I’m there. They don’t offer it in Canada.
For me, the hardest part was the reading section. The questions have 30 second time limits, and at times you have to read full business emails / small paragraphs, and pull out the necessary information quite quickly. If I had to focus on anything before taking the test again it would be:
- Reading Speed and ability to cut through the BS greetings that gunk up half of Japanese business emails
- Actually study some of the most common business Japanese phrases whose meanings are too hard to guess from their literal Kanji etc.
I found listening to be easy, but I have spent a lot of time on immersion and listening/speaking are my strong suit vs. speed reading. Again, I wish I had known some business Japanese phrases as I had to guess some questions, but for the most part I knew what was happening and picking the right answer was not hard.