Taking JLPT N2: the 'after' post
I failed! Let's get that out of the way.
I failed N2 on my first try - but not by much.
Each section can be passed with a minimum score of 19 points. So I 'passed' all of them. That only comes to 57 points, though, and the overall pass mark is set at 90. Passing every individual section wasn't enough to pass the whole test.
My total score was in the high 80s, the most frustrating loss of all. A really low score would've cemented the fail, in a 'well, I had no chance in hell' way. Being so close is torture.
My scrape through this section ensured my overall fail. By the looks of it, if I'd gotten even one more question wrong I'd have been screwed.
The upside is that I finally have something concrete to focus on when I try and study.
I already knew that reading was the headache-inducing bit. Now I also know I'm kinda bad at the bits I do manage to read. Time to invest in some paracetamol, clear the YA section of my nearest bookstore, and suck it up.
My overall grammar grade was a B. Which means I got anywhere between 34% and 67% of the questions right. And my points score for the vocab/grammar section was solidly average.
To me, this puts my Japanese grammar ability smack in the middle of the road. I'm not great. I could be better, and I could be worse. Meh.
It's a reasonable foundation to build on. That's all I can ask for.
Leading up to the test, I was convinced this'd be my worst showing.
I expected to have problems if the talking speed during the test questions was fast. It was very fast, and I struggled to keep up. I left the exam room feeling like I'd flubbed it.
Somehow, the listening bit produced my highest section score. Over 50%. I have no idea how that happened. It gives me a bit more confidence in how well I understand conversations. Well, when I'm not leaning closer to people and saying 'huh?' like I usually do.
An A grade for vocab! That's 67% or more correct.
Still didn't pass. Swings and roundabouts.
I noticed that the difficulty level of the kanji I'm learning on WaniKani shot up recently. There's no way that didn't affect my low low reading score. Different ways of reading and using certain words and phrases tripped me up.
Nothing for it but to keep on with the spaced repetitions. It doesn't work for everyone, but I'm getting on well with that method.
I'll be ready next time.
So, with a few points hanging in the balance, I have to retry in December. I'd be stupid not to.