A few days ago, I wanted to check how much I learned in my journey into the Japanese language. I know it is still early but I just want to keep track of all the knowledge accumulated. When I made my first move in learning the Japanese language, I always told myself that I would slowly climb the levels of the Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).
As I was collecting all the information available on the web and came upon this website http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/ . The Internet is so wonderful when you find everything you look for. This website is a great collection of resources for the test. From it, I tried the Level checker for the vocabulary of level N5 and did the sample questions on the official JLPT website.
For the vocabulary, I started the WaniKani website in July and, according to the Level checker, I know around 50% of the required vocabulary. I was surprised that I technically know so much. I say technically because I only know how to read kanji. Writing is something I have to practice on the side but I never take the time to do it. A shame, I know (^_^;)
For the JLPT sample question, it was a another story. It took me almost an hour to do 14 questions. The hardest part was the vocabulary. I still have a lot of kanji to learn. Most of the time, I knew the English equivalent for the hiragana and I could not guess the right kanji. For the grammar/reading, I was able to understand the short texts. Personally, I think it was a coincidence that they fit the grammar I already learned. For the specific grammar questions, particles will be the death of me. ~(>_<~) I have to gain so many more. For the listening section, I understood more than I thought I would. （￣へ￣）先生 always said that our group had good listening skill. I didn’t really believe until that test.
The question still stays. Will I take the Japanese this year? I know I have to make the decision soon if I want to prepare a study guide. Maybe I will discuss this with my 先生 on the next class.
Japanese-Language Proficiency Test Official Page : http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html
Japanese Language Proficiency Test Resources : http://www.tanos.co.uk/jlpt/
WaniKani : http://www.wanikani.com/ (still a beta site but it is worth getting on the waiting list (＾_＾) )