So, since I do plan to take the JLPT once I get to that point in my self-education and do plan to go all the way through N1, I did some quick reading about the test sites and locations. I live in Canada, in the Interior region of British Columbia, and according to the JLPT website, the only places hosting the test are in Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto.
Here’s my issue: I’m visually handicapped and unable to drive as a result, and the Greyhound bus stopped serving all provinces west of Ontario at the end of October. Vancouver is about a 5-hour drive/bus ride from where I live (Kelowna, BC for anyone who wants to see the distance for themselves). There is a smaller bus service that started up right after Greyhound pulled out called Ebus, and it does go from Kelowna to Vancouver (and back), but its service is rather sporadic and I believe stops at the Kelowna airport, which is a ways from my neighborhood (I’ll be at the mercy of the local transit system). All the arrangements will take a lot of advance planning and basically makes getting to the Vancouver test site a pretty steep challenge in itself, though my perspective is that passing the test will be even more satisfying as a result. It’s still going to be a while before I make the attempt, and I’d like to study the Genki textbooks (as well as the audio CDs) as part of the test prep, so I’ve got plenty of time yet.
Still, I figured I’d reach out for advice or suggestions given my situation. I don’t really have an issue navigating things on my own, but I’m wondering if there’s some sort of alternative to all this, or at least a way to make it less tedious just to get to the test site. Has anyone else here had a similar situation?