I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) back in December, and I took N3 level (1 is hardest, 5 is easiest). I was sure that I could pass it but wanted to get my feet re-wet (had taken the easier old level 3 about 15 years ago). Studying went great, and I told myself I was studying not with the goal of just passing, but with the goal of getting 85-90%+ on every section. And the first section of the test (vocab and kanji) was a breeze. Then came the reading and grammar that should have been easy because I went in very comfortable with my level, but it was tough enough that I left unsure whether I'd even gotten the 32% or whatever is required just to pass that one section enough to not fail the whole test (from what I gather of the pass/fail determination, you need roughly 32% or better on each section, then 53% overall to pass). I understood most of what I read, but the questions themselves were tough. Grammar was just a nightmare of resorting to guessing between a couple of good possibilities. Listening seemed to go pretty OK. I think. Maybe. I mean, I understood what I heard, but again with the questions themselves being a little tough. Results are due in the mail "mid-February," whatever that means. I did great waiting up until now, but I'm starting to get antsy. Did I pass?
Innywho. And this is what I mean about not being able to just simply take and post a goddamn picture without writing a novel. In any case, regardless of those test results, I've already started studying to take N2 in July. Part of me thinks I could just maybe barely pass it as is right now, but I'm not sure and definitely need to study. Lots. It used to be that I studied in little spurts throughout the day when I had a free moment or two. Lately, I've been using those same moments to take a picture and write stuff like I am doing right now. As a result, I've been on Week One of my book since about, oh, December 15th. In fairness, I went home for Christmas and didn't really try to pick studying back up until about mid-January. That was still several weeks ago. Apparently not long enough ago for this to count as already "mid-February," though, because last test's results are still not here today.