Ooh, nice! Yeah, I wouldn’t change pre-existing plans to go to Japan either, if I were you. That’s maybe a bigger motivator than the JLPT tests, if you’re like me. Ultimately it’s the learning that matters, not the tests… (friendly reminder to myself, mostly… ) (Where are you going?)
General topic reply: I passed the N4 I took in December, and have study materials for the N3 available… I actually used them in December too. xD (And then I stopped come the New Year in a reverse of the usual resolutions?.. ) I started studying again recently, and I’ll certainly try to be consistent. Whether I’ll try for the test in July, well, I’ll probably decide when it comes time for the last applications, the way I did for last year’s.
Literally last minute… I was at language school in Fukuoka at the time and had totally forgotten about it. And then another student was talking about applying during break. During the next break I rushed down to apply, only for there to be 2 other students also applying last minute (I remember the application deadline was sometime during late afternoon? I think)… I literally rushed through it all in 2 minutes or less. Great bonding experience, though!
It would sure be nice to feel ready for the N3. (It would be even nicer to feel ready for N2. But I hear that’s a very big jump, so let’s maybe keep that for next year’s goals.)
(Apparently I really like parentheses. Sorry for the overuse.)