12/03/2007

Shiken O Owattaa !! (Exam finished !!!)

Finally .. my Japanese exam is over!! As expected,it was tough. But no disappointments coz never expected more than this ;)
I would like to write a bit about this exam. Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) is a test conducted every year in Japan and outside Japan to evaluate and certify the language skills of non-native Japanese speakers. There are four different levels for the exams - 4,3,2,1. Level 4 is for beginners(the one I attempted) and Level 1 is the toughest, the one for experts.
Each test has three different sections.
Section One (Kanji and Vocabulary): This section requires the knowledge of Kanji characters, Hiragana and Katakana(Japanese letters) and Japanese words and meanings.
Section Two(Listening/Kikithori): This involves some conversations which will be played over the tape and questions will be asked related to thedialogues. We need to choose from the four answers which will be given orally.
Section Three(Reading &Grammar): The questions will be based on different particles and gramatical aspects and correct formation of the sentences.
This is a very helpful website for those who are preparing for JLPT. http://www.mlcjapanese.co.jp/Download.htm
For Level 4 exam, we need to study hiragana, katagana, 100 Kanji characters, 800 Japanese words and basic grammar. According to the examiners, we can pass the exam if we study Japanese for 150 hours. I started the studies just 1 month back and never managed to study for more than 1 - 1.5 hours a day. My main aim was not in passing the exam but getting familiarized with the language and for basically understanding the simple and common conversations/situation we come across in daily life. The general 80-20 rule suits here also. By studying for level 4 exam we will only be mastering 20% of this language. But we can understand almost 80% of the common usages and conversations.
One thing I appreciate is the Japanese accuracy, punctuality and perfection. I had a very casual approach to the exam. But read the instruction pamphlet yesterday. These people have such a professional approach and planning. Suddenly things seemed so serious and important!

Anyways, it was a good experience writing an exam after so long. The combine studies, feeling of flunking on the exam eve, exam tension, and finally facing the vilian question paper … all reminded me of good ol’ college days :)

2 comments:

Sai Prasad said...

All the best for the results...dont worry dear, you will pass with awesome marks....

Sai

Manju Venugopal said...

Thanx sai :)
But the exam was tough. Had expected to score in the Listening section. But that section turned out to be the toughest. And we need to get 60% to pass the exam !!