Another month, another N1 mock test: vocab 80% grammar 90% reading 96% listening 83%. I think my grammar scores are moving up a bit but mostly I suspect the noise of whether I get lucky with the random guesses is enough to cover any minor changes. Still, practice in actually concentrating for three hours is useful I guess.
@pm215 When do you plan on taking N1? I'm sure you'll be able to pass with those scores.
I've been flipflopping about taking N1 for the past few months, but I think I decided this week that I'm going to take it just to take it. Nothing to lose (besides $60 of course). I plan on focusing on grammar, vocab, and listening until December. I feel like I have a decent shot at passing as long as I stay up on my Anki drills for my N1 deck (custom made one like the one I posted that I made for N2), and going through Shin Kanzen Master N1 for grammar practice. Also trying to incorporate more native speed podcasts into my life for listening, but sitting around for a half hour while paying attention to a podcast while not doing much of anything is very boring for me so I don't know about that one. Reading I feel pretty confident about, especially after starting through the Shin Kanzen Master N1 reading book and getting everything right so far. I sat around for an hour twiddling my thumbs when I took N2 so I don't think time is going to be much of an issue. I did the 言語知識 part of one mock test as a pre-studying gauge of skill and only managed a 57%-ish. I'm shooting for 60% minimum for all sections (just enough to feel like I could actually pass) but aiming for 70% or higher as my real goal.
Been a few months since anyone's posted. How's everyone's preparations going? Going for N1 again in July. Almost done with Shin Kanzen Master Grammar, and then going to focus on reading comprehension. I'm thinking starting in July I'll take a practice test every week leading up to the exam.
I'm aiming for N1 in December. I'm reviewing Shinkanzen occasionally, but honestly, most of my studying isn't targeting the test directly. I'm mainly reading books (fiction as well as more JLPT-ish essay type content), and writing every day (by hand) in a journal to help buttress my knowledge of kanji.
It might be time to start a 2016 thread. Or rename this one to 2015-2016.