I started studying Japanese as a complete beginner on August 24th, 2017 so I took the JCAT today to check my progress after exactly 6 months:
It’s a higher score than I expected but I’m not sure I deserve it… I may have gotten some false positives somewhere in there by guessing answers instead of letting the timer run out (which I didn’t realize you could do until after the listening section.)
Multiple choice also makes it easier to eliminate answers based on your test-taking skills rather than an actual understanding of the question. I would not classify myself as an “intermediate” Japanese learner in any way except for in my knowledge of kanji, because I spent the first 4 months or so almost exclusively working on WK. Currently, I am halfway through Genki 1 (supplemented with a Genki-based Anki deck), and I’ve dabbled lightly in Tae Kim’s stuff. I have been quite diligent, though, and I have not gone a single day without studying Japanese at least for a few minutes. Most days I spend about an hour on it. So, the limited scope of knowledge I have is thoroughly engrained.
We’ll see where I’m at on August 24, 2018!