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JLPT in 2012

It is currently December of 2011 and I have been studying Japanese in one form or another for the past five and half years. Thinking about it in those terms make it feel so much longer ago than I can imagine, but time seems to move quite quick.

Today the 2011 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) or the Nihongo noryoku shiken (日本語能力試験) was held at sites all over the world. While the website can provide more details (http://www.jlpt.jp/e/) this test represents the bar for most foriengers studying Japanese to gauge their level of comprehension. Passing the highest level, currently N1, provides bragging rights and a nice line on your resume for any respective company of your language level. Like many my goal is to one take and pass this exam. Even with a minimum pass of around 60% it still proves exceedingly challenging for a variety of test-taker.

I have registered once for the test, but did not take it. This was part out of scheduling, but mostly out of fear. I have always fared extremely poorly on standardized tests (hello STA and GRE guh). However, my early New Years resolution is to make a dedicated effort over the course of the coming year to prepare for, register and take the JLPT exam in 2012. The test is now offered bi-annually in July and December. Realistically the December test date will provide a greater amount of time to prepare, but potentially the July test date will leave me less encumbered by fall term course work.

Regardless I feel it is time to set a goal for myself and language study again. While a good portion of what I study for will be relatively inconsequential to most of my language use, the attempt will undoubtedly provide benefits I cannot see now.

It is a large goal, but seeing that the only way to accomplish these activities to plan early and often I will be giving it the old PhD try.

Until next time, cheers!

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