Yeah... kind of down at the moment.
This years JLPT level 2 may have been the hardest I (and many others) have seen since 1991, but its only this years grade that counts. I managed to do all the previous exam papers since 1991 and I did pass them all, if a little shakily at times. But I have low hopes on passing this year. It was kind of reassuring to see everyone else in the room looking a little stunned at the end of the exam and saying "Did I just take the level 1 exam by mistake..?!"
The vocab/kanji section was OK, I know a couple I messed up on, but overall I think I should have passed. I enjoyed the listening, and I think I passed that too. (Was it me or were most of the answers 3? I was getting suspicious towards the end, but the answer always just had to be 3!) But the grammar/reading section was... hard. I started with the grammar and worked my way to the reading, and I did manage to read, comprehend and answer everything, but... not confidently. There were too many where any of the 4 choices could have been right. By the time I go to the extra long passage at the front, my brain wanted a break. I never felt it in the level 3 exam before, but even though there is a 20 minute break, by the time you get out of the room its more like a 5 minute break. It just felt like 5 hours of non-stop exam. Maybe I'm just tired. Tired of juggling Japanese, University and work. Maybe I'm just getting old.. haha
Still, I tried to the best of my ability on that day. I just dont think it was good enough. I'm not looking forward to March. I'm not looking forward to summer. If I fail this year, its unfair that all my hopes should die flat. Because I know I can pass - I have passed since 1991. But its only this one paper that counts. And its only me that gave me that pressure.
Why is this exam held only once a year?!
Why is there only a 'pass' or 'fail' option, and not a point system like TOEIC?
Its not fair that someone passing with 62% should get the same certificate as someone passing with 80%.
I didnt want it to come down to luck, but... fingers crossed the vocab, kanji and listening mark over-rides the rest for a win...
***ATO DE NIHONGO DE KAKU KARA CHOTTO MATTE KUDASAI NE~! ^^ ...SORETOMO EIGO DE GAMBATTE! :)