Kind of weird and a little bit irrationally creepy that WK tells you that you are Level 3 until you subscribe so you think you are mysteriously stuck in this dark Level 3 limbo for way longer than is justified, but as soon as you subscribe you are magically Level 4. I don’t even know how to interpret this, but it is remarkably frustrating.
What would be the possible benefit to WK for doing this? There must be something. It seems that it would motivate a lot more subscriptions if you told a person when s/he is ready to be Level 4 already so s/he can subscribe for more. Otherwise it just delays those valuable subscriptions for no discernable reason. All there is is a notice that you have “just reached” Level 3, and never a mention that it’s time to move on with a subscription.
Before everybody tells me that I should have checked this or that, or that I needed to guru a certain percentage of kanji, or whatever, I’ve checked all that and I passed those levels long ago. And definitely WK told me I was Level 3 until the second I subscribed, whereupon I instantly became Level 4.
I’m already drinking the Wanikani Kool-Aid and buying into their infuriatingly slow pace of progression, because I think their unique strategy will work in the long run and for the long term (even though I already know many kanji at higher levels), but this was a wholly unnecessary delay.