月曜日, 11月 29, 2004

Taking the 3-kyuu Chinese Test in Japan

    The thing that struck me most is that they don't go around checking everyone's picture ID before starting the test. There were no warnings to tell us "you must not, under any circumstances, take the test for anybody else" like we heard while taking the JLPT. Do they do that at all the JLPT tests, or just 1-kyuu? Maybe it doesn't matter as much for a 3-kyuu Chinese test, because it's not a life-or-death sort of test anyway, and there is little motivation to pay someone to take it for you. Whatever the reason, I felt weird about there being so few precautions against fraud. I wondered how many people in the room were who they were pretending to be.
    By the time the test started there were no empty seats in my room. The classroom was full of nervous adults looking cramped in their tiny desks. There were no children, as there sometimes are in the JLPT tests, and no ethnic diversity, except me of course.
    The test itself was...easy. Easier than the practice tests. Not just the listening, but the whole thing. Most people finished early, and left early; I finished early, but stayed almost until the end checking a few answers and making sure all the bubbles were completely filled in. You can take your test booklet home with you, which is cool, and the results are sent out within a month.
    No one made small talk with me in the halls or the classroom before or after the test. It wasn't that the test-takers were unfriendly, it was just that it wasn't that kind of scene. Not a social event like the JLPT, an excuse as if any were needed for ALTs to get together and gossip. The attitude was just "this is a test, let's get it over with and go home." And where's the fun in that?


  • At 8:59 午後, Blogger Matt said…

    They did make you send in a photo to attach to your voucher, right? Maybe they kind of check it during the test.

    The JETRO test doesn't put photos on its vouchers -- they just look at your photo ID (gaijin card in my case) when you check in, and make you leave it on the desk during the test. This is approximately a trillion times more preferable, for me, than PHOTOCOPYING MY PASSPORT and sending it in with the test application, like certain other tests require.

    I guess because JETRO's target audience is businesspeople, not college students, they have to treat them with some dignity.

  • At 9:56 午後, Blogger homodachi said…

    Heh, today my tutor was telling us about the recent scandal in Korea where at least seven students taking the national college entrance exam cheated by keitai mail. Apparently they designated (paid?) a smart person to stay at a fixed location and look up answers, then send a mass email to everyone in the group.

    It didn't seem too suprising to me: in the olden days, kids at my college would go to the bathroom and use their cell to call a friend who had the textbook at hand. What struck my teacher as shocking was that they arrested the kids. She said that that wouldn't happen in Japan: the students would just be barred from ever taking the CENTER exam and thus wouldn't be able to get into college.

    On the JLPT tip, in my 3kyu room -- despite the proctors going over the key rules before the exam -- it seemed like everyone opened their exam books before the designated time and started flipping through. I mean, I was in the second row and it was really blatantly obvious. Nothing happened, other than the rise in my blood temp. -_-

  • At 12:42 午後, Blogger butterflyblue said…

    I think we did have to send in a photo when we registered, but nobody checked our IDs at the test site. I could have been anyone.

    In regards to people who look at their test booklet before the designated time, I remembered complaints about that at the JLPT last year, so I was watching for it at the Chinese exam, but nothing happened. The stakes must be higher for the Japanese test, it fills everyone with bloodlust and makes cheaters out of the unscrupulous. Actually, it wouldn't have mattered a bit if people did get a head start for this one, because the test was very short, and most people finished a good fifteen minutes before the end. It's probably because everyone hears about the danger of running out of time on the JLPT. You don't have that problem with the 3-kyuu Chinese exam.

  • At 1:50 午前, Blogger Evelyn said…

    Hi - on subjects of taking tests again, thanks for your advice on the grammar books for JLPT test. I took the 1 kyuu just on sunday, i think it was easier than some of the old exams, but i still made a lot of mistakes, keeping my fingers crossed that i will pass. i think most test takers were columbia students and also some people who took classes at japan society. i miss high school and college tests where you can chatter with friends afterwards about your mistakes and such.

  • At 10:33 午前, Blogger butterflyblue said…

    Good for you, Evelyn, and please let us know when you find out your results! I have another friend who took the level 1 this year and she doesn't have much confidence, but anyway I hope both of you get good scores.



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