Well, I got my test results back from the JLPT N1 exam today:
- Vocabulary 18 / 60
- Reading: 0 / 60
- Listening: 22 / 60
I passed only listening (barely), which is ironic because I thought that was my worst section.
But how did I get 0 points in reading essays? I thought that was the easiest, and statistically I should’ve made a few correct choices. It was a multiple choice exam. My wife suspects my answers were off-by-one on the bubble-sheet which is plausible, not to mention very careless. Or, I am really that terrible.
Certainly disapponting, though not surprising. I took a big risk in doing the exam without preparation, and relying only on reading and watching TV.
So, part of me wants to try again, but this time I need to invest in preparation, practice and time, which is hard when you are raising two kids. Plus, I am less motivated these days since I have no aspirations to live in Japan anymore.
Or, do I just cut my losses and be content with an N2? That makes my life easier, but then I have to live life knowing I quit something without at least trying again. The pride in me would not sit well with that.