I didn't get into the JLPT, so now what?


I didn't think I needed to be there day one to register for the JLPT. I ended up waiting about two weeks, and then went to sign up. Of course, I didn't expect the demand for seats, and was shut out of the 500 available seats for taking the JLPT this winter.

Which, in all honesty, probably isn't a bad that. I don't think I would've been able to pass the Level 2 test at this point, but I wanted to try and push myself to see if I could at least manage to pull a 65% or something along those lines. Under intense pressure, I can do these things. That's how I survived college.

Now that the pressure's off, so goes some of my drive as well. My daily habits amount to reviewing kanji from the Heisig books, and not much more. Reading is a more time-intensive activity that I find hard-pressed to do, especially when I have a pile of books that I should be getting through for the FSOT.

I know I'm not alone here, as plenty of people got shut out for the test. But what to do? Well, there are a few options. Let's talk about it after the jump.

[I don't know why people put up their JLPT certificates with personal info online]

What I should be doing is keeping my mind set on taking the JLPT, even though I'm not. I've got a practice test on-hand, and so I should be aiming to try and pass that come December, even though I won't be riding up to New York. The thing is, there is no real urgency there. I can push back the test date if I don't feel like it.

So my thought naturally goes to translation work. It provides me with some sort of responsibility towards others, and I'm actually getting something done in the process. The only problem is, once I lock myself into a particular project, I'll only be developing the limited vocabulary contained within. Still, it might not be a bad shot to get me started. And we're talking about nine months. I could easily switch projects during that time.

I turn to the rest of you: how would you handle things in this situation? You've got a long while before the test, who knows how many things between now and then, and so it's easy to lose sight of your goal.

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