I'm headed to Kokushikan University to take the JLPT N3 test which I alreasy failed last summer. πŸ˜₯

This time I'm more prepared, but still have a low chance of passing, knowing only ~420 of the 650 kanji present in this test. Last time, I also wasn't able to read the questions fast enough to answer all of them within the time limit. My reading speed should have improved slightly, but I'm still very slow.

First part done (kanji)... I probably knew half of the questions, and guessed the rest πŸ˜…

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@kai Grammar part done. There was a lot of reading to do, and I ran out of time at about 2/3 of the test 😒

The cover page said we had 70 minutes, but since we started 10 minutes late and finished exactly on time, we got only 60 minutes. But my Japanese is not yet good enough to articulate a complaint 😭

@codewiz :oof: lol well I guess you're only as good as you are. πŸ˜…

@codewiz are you the whitest guy in the room? lol

@kai Indeed, attendance seems to be predominantly south-east Asians and Indians.

JLPT publishes plenty of statistics, but not about demographics:

@kai Well... but the best paid jobs in Japan (as with most of the world) are those requiring English.

You must be fluent in formal Japanese to work at a konbini, but they want mostly English at international clinics, schools, multinationals, research centers...

@codewiz it does seem strange that they're not bigger champions of their own language

@codewiz I will never understand how they can use these machine readable papers, and then need many weeks to announce the results.

@globalc I know, they're so inefficient! πŸ˜‚

Apparently scoring JLPT became a research problem for academics. Some of the questions in the test are "canaries" to calibrate scores across tests, and the score of each question depends on how many people guessed it right.

@codewiz Good luck! I was sitting down in JLPT2 last year.

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