Hopefully this is okay for its own topic.
I just took N4 on Sunday, I was feeling cocky during Characters/Vocab, a little unsure in Grammar/Reading, and felt like I was absolutely destroyed during the listening. I’m fairly confident I’ve failed unless my deduction-based guesses are spot on.
EDIT: I passed N4 December 2018 and I’ll be hoping for N3 December 2020
It was a surprise considering I took several practice exams and tests (under the same conditions as the real exam) including Tanki Master and the Japanese Foundation Practice Exam and did quite well, especially in the listening section, where I always got near perfect mark and I always did well with the Kanzen Master and Speed Master examples
It was my first JLPT ever and my first exam since my last university exam four years ago.
I’m now wondering how I should proceed and would appreciate some input.
- I can try to retake the N4 in July, however, my city is one of the few Aussie cities that doesn’t hold it, so I would need to take an hour flight to a city that does.
- Retake the N4 in December
- Skip N4 and take the N3 in December
- Take the N4 in July and then the N3 in December
- Skip the JLPT in 2019 altogether and take N3 in December 2020.
If I failed the N4, I’d be iffy attempting the N3.
On the off chance that I don’t fail, I can either take the N3 in December 2019 or December 2020? Which sounds better.
I work full time and my study is self-study and not in a class. However, I was dedicated and studied after work daily until bed for the few weeks leading up to the exam, and I did (and still do) vocab and kanji every morning for at least an hour. I’m mainly taking the JLPT for personal level gauging to map my own process. I’d like to live and work in Japan one day, but it’s not my one true goal.
I’ve been learning Japanese on and off since 1999 where I learnt Hiragana and 2006-2009 where I learnt phrases, some kanji, basic particles, etc, but I wouldn’t say I was serious until late 2016 and I wasn’t REALLY serious until possibly late 2017.
In addition, studying for the JLPT was fun, taking the JLPT was fun, I wasn’t stressed until during the listening and after the exam itself. So studying isn’t necessarily an issue.
I’d be interested to hear the thoughts of others on this topic and the experiences of anybody who has done similar in the past.