Here is a good news to share; I passed JLPT N2 !! やっと日本語能力試験Ｎ２級に合格したよ！！
After two and a half months of literally vigorous and focused study that started from April 14, 2018, to June 23, 2018, at JLPT Academy, I took the N2 exam on July 1, 2018. That was the first attempt!
Before joining the JLPT Academy, I used to search on the internet to get tips from blogs on how to pass JLPT N2 (Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N2) in 6 months. Many of those blog posts were inspiring. When I realized that the time was not enough, I started searching to check if it was possible to pass JLPT N2 in 3 months. I was a bit sceptic while reading the blogs written by those people who had achieved their target in 6 or even in 3 months. Now for me, it is possible to say that if your current level is N3, you can pass level N2 in 3 months.
The first thought to try for the JLPT N2 exam surfaced on the mind somewhere in December 2016 but came to know from a Sensei that I was not even near to the Level N3. In 2015 and 2016, I had taken some short courses from volunteer classes to reawaken what was studied for JLPT N4.
In December 2016, one of the ads in Craiglist offering Japanese language lessons for 1000 Yen per hour triggered my desire to prepare for the N2 exam. Then immediately called the sensei who had given the ad and went for the trial lesson/interview. Though my desire was to start preparation for N2, I was informed by the Sensei that my level of Japanese was not sufficient to read and understand the textbooks for Level N3!! That was tough for me to accept, but unfortunately, that was the fact. Back in 2010, I had passed JLPT N4. Since then I didn’t do any effort to improve on the Japanese language. A gap of more than 6 years, it was too hard to bring back the interest in Japanese language study.
The classes that started from February 2017, were in Yokohama and I had to travel from Higashi Ojima on weekends. More than one hour travel to the classes, I had to keep myself motivated and energized on weekends. Support from wife and kids were commendable. Continued the classes for almost 6 months, which in total had given me around 80 hours of study of materials for Level N3. At the end of the lessons, I had started talking in Japnese.
Later, I realized that level N2 is not a simple task and need more focused and systematic preparation. In February 2018, I came across an ad of JLPT Academy in Facebook regarding their JLPT preparation courses. I had applied for the N2 exam in March and started the power-packed JLPT N2 level preparation course from April 14, 2018. The nearest train station I used to reach the classes was Ogawamachi in Toei Shinjuku line. The lessons were on Saturdays, starting from 9:30 in the morning and ending at 5:45 in the evening, with a one-hour lunch break.
All grammar, vocabulary, Kanji, Reading and Listening practices were included in the syllabus and were taught by two teachers, one in the morning session and another in the afternoon session. We were 3 students in total. Initially, it was hard to catch up to the tight schedules and targets that the teachers set on us. A lot of homework and self-study were required to memorize especially the new vocabularies learned from the classes.
Finally, the efforts have yielded good results! For those who want to contact JLPT Academy, here is the address;
PLATFORM SQUARE, 3-21 Kandanishikicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
〒101-0054 東京都千代田神田錦町3-21 千代田プラットフォームスクウェア