As the title explains, I got wrecked on N1 again after attempting it a second time (Dec 17, Jul 18). I’ll be continuing until I pass.
Dec 17 – (Took this test after hard work but tons of luck got me N2 in Jul 17. I was completely overwhelmed at the jump from N2 to N1)
(Vocab/Grammar) 18 ／ 60
Reading 11 ／ 60
Listening 21 ／ 60
overall --> 50/180
(Vocab/Grammar) 26 ／ 60
Reading 8 ／ 60
Listening 31 ／ 60
overall --> 65/180
I forget what level WK I was when I took it in Dec, this time I was maybe low 50s. My score increased on the listening and vocab/grammar. Reading score went lower - I got absolutely decimated. Although my overall score increased 15 pts (improved on grammar, and kanji due to WK).
Not surprised or upset by the score as it’s what I expected. I never study vocab (lists and such) and I honestly don’t read anything Japanese (in fact I use Eng at work and ingest lots of English although I live in JP). I don’t speak Japanese much either. Pro tip anyone who thinks just “living in Japan” will help - it wont. its still your effort.
Although I’m 60 in WK, when I view kanji in a book, or newspaper native material – I see this wall of kanji, esp in weird fonts or vertical like in newspaper, my brain just shuts down. It’s been so long (2 yrs living here) and this still happens. How do you guys get around this? I know if my effort, confidence, and mood/outlook improve I can pass.
Reviewing Tae Kim as I have weak fundamentals which cause my speaking to suck surprisingly bad although I have N2. Listening/Understand is good, speaking embarrassingly bad.
Read more novels. I’m not into anime/manga and want to avoid stylized language. I hope this will improve vocab, reading speed, and overall comprehension. Sometimes I’ll read a sentence, know all the vocab, understand, but somehow still not “get it”. This happens tons during the JLPT.
For #2, has anyone found a way to overcome this mental block of sorts? It’s the only way I can describe it. If I can be positive; and if I feel if I can “trust” my mind that i know the majority of the kanji I can progress fast. Trusting myself that I comprehend instead of constantly second guessing my own comprehension.
Sorry if I’m rambling a bit. Stream of conciousness. I’d really like to pass N1 this Dec 2018.