Hi, who else is big sad because of the JLPT cancellations? lol
Even if it wasn’t cancelled, I don’t know that I would have done it anyway considering I live in Alaska and the JLPT is not held in any cities here. The closest test location is Seattle, which is about a 3-hour flight from here. I don’t know that the travel cost and time would be worth it, as learning Japanese is currently just a hobby. I’m aware that there are other proficiency tests besides the JLPT, but the few that I know still have to be taken in person at a testing center.
That’s why JCAT was cool lol. Until I learned that as of April 2020 it is no longer free, nor for individual test taking. According to the site, prices range from $10 to $40, and the minimum number of people needed are 5 or 50 depending on the test version. UNLESS I’M READING IT WRONG. I am stupid, so.
I need assistance. Please. LOL. I guess my main two questions are:
Is JCAT really no longer for individuals? I need confirmation from others because I’m prone to missing out on key information.
What are some alternatives? Online Japanese proficiency tests that are reputable or official, or at least just not made by some weeb on BuzzFeed and titled “How Much Nihongo Do You Wakarimasu??? Desu!!” (idk, kill me)
Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk, much appreciated.
You can take the official practice tests that are the same format/length as the real exams. The PDF versions are free and the physical copies aren’t that much either. They have 2 different ones for each level.
I’m only one person so take this with a grain of salt, but both times I’ve taken the JLPT (N3 last December and N2 this December) they were easier than every practice test I’ve ever taken. I think it’s because practice tests tend to try and throw in every possible “NX Level Grammar” combination, while the actual tests use some patterns multiple times, and also throw in some easier questions too.
The only ‘problem’ I see with the practice tests is with the scoring. The actual tests aren’t just a ‘how many you got right out of how many total questions’ type system. Your actual grade could have been worse, or better, if able to use the actual scoring system.
I did pretty good on practice test, not great, but well enough I didn’t think the real thing would have been an issue. Then I took the real thing, which I was positive I did better on, and ended up narrowly failing.