Try a 5 hour energy if if doesn't make you jittery. There's so little liquid, you shouldn't have to use the restroom.
First attempt at N2, 107... Grammar/vocab was my worst section (25), so I will try and focus my efforts.
Going to ease off JLPT studying for a year though and just focus on reading novels/watching movies, then maybe take N1 in a couple of years. I got super burnt out on test prep.
Congrats to everyone that passed and keep going anyone that didn't! Remember that the scores don't change what you learnt.
Passed N1 second time around; found it way easier, since I've been reading a lot.
Is anyone thinking of doing any 漢検 levels? I looked through them and 準１級 (about 3000 kanji) is about the highest practically useful level and seems doable with RTK3 finished and a bit more useful kanji here and there. It might be useful as a quick qualification on a resume to show potential employers I am literate.
Finally passed N1 on my fourth attempt (this time in Zürich).
Language knowledge/grammar: 43/60 [A vocabulary, B grammar]
Reading: 54/60 (I must have been very lucky here)
Listening: 27/60 (I didn't expect more considering how much the reverb in the room disturbed me - tip: don't practice with headphones!)
The whole journey took longer than expected considering that I started studying Japanese in April 2008 (at 30) and that I passed N2 in July 2011. Of course I'm still far from fluent...
Ugh. That's one thing I hated about the listening tests, is that it was always poor quality sound played way too loud. They'd ask if everyone could hear it (which of course we all could) and I suppose if anyone ever complained they would turn the volume up but honestly I wanted them to turn the volume down... and get better speakers.
And that's in Boston which I gather is one of the better sites (I never took the test anywhere else, I'm just guessing from what I've heard from other test-takers). We had heat and clocks and comfortable chairs, and all kinds of good stuff that other sites complain about, but the listening was kind of terrible.
Failed the N2 for the third time with 82/180 - two points lower than the last time I took it in July. It`s frustrating to see that I haven`t really moved myself much the 5 months between the tests. Nothing to do keep going at it!
December 2015: 54/180 (19/8/27)
July 2016: 73/180 (21/20/32)
December 2016: 64/180 (24/12/28)
Yeah, i'm done with the JLPT for now. Too much guessing and not enough actual study.