Right now my focus is on studying for the N3 this December. I think I’m going to register for it (but I won’t know for sure until this Friday, the deadline!).
I’ve decided that rather than get all stressed out about it, I’m going to adopt a laid-back, who-cares-if-I-fail attitude towards it. I will then, during these last two months before the test, leverage off all the studying I’ve done this year and follow the strategy below.
So far, I have finished working through the Shinkanzen Master N3 Grammar and Listening books. I made lots of notes directly in the grammar book which is a big help when it comes time to review. I have finished reading most of the reading selections in the Shinkanzen Master N3 Reading book. I am almost finished working through the Shinkanzen Master N3 Vocabulary book.
So for the remaining two months I plan to do the following:
-since I enjoy reading and seem to be good at it, I will stop reading new selections in the reading book;
-I will do every practice exam I can get my hands on;
-I will finish the vocabulary book;
-I will keep drilling myself on points of grammar from the grammar book and words from the vocabulary book right up until the exam
-Extra time will be spent on listening practice.
So that is the plan (assuming that I register on Friday!).
Today I registered for the JLPT! Now it is official. I finally decided to because once I decided I don’t care if I fail I realized it would be fun, and also I had already foolishly told everyone in the office that I was going to write a Japanese exam in December.