:: JLPT N3 ::

Let me be honest. For many reasons, I was so down with the JLPT N3 that I took last December. Maybe it was lack of preparation. Maybe I was too ambitious.

When I went to Japan in winter 2017, my main purpose going there was to practice and to learn more of Japanese language from the locals.

I stayed with a Yaeko’s family in Osaka for 5 days. I met Miku-chan and stayed at her room in Hakodate, Hokkaido. I had interesting conversations with them and I learned a lot of new words, new phrases almost everyday.

When I was in Sapporo, I asked one of the owners of the guesthouse I stayed to write something on my note book. Ito-san, the uncle, wrote

「 N3の試験。合格を祈っています。」

which means “I’m praying (for you) to pass the N3 exam”.

Well that time, I’ve just passed my N5 exam and hadn’t took the N4 exam yet. But the conversations I had with them, the Japanese, made me so confident that I would be able to take the N3 exam right away. 😂

I was wrong.

But I did the right thing. I took N4 exam in July 2017. It was hard, but because I was actually preparing myself for N3 in the first place, it went well. I got good results. Alhamdulillah.

So in December 2017, despite not having all the things that I should know covered, I took the N3 exam.

The moment I entered and found my seat, I was surprised to see the candidate sitting on my right. It was a boy. He looked like a very young boy, like an 11 years old boy, as I estimated. For serious, he’s taking N3??? 😲

The exam was super hard. In dokkai (comprehension) part, I didn’t have enough time to read two passages. Because of that, I couldn’t answer seven questions on the passages.

Having hard times with both kanji and dokkai part, I put high hopes on choukai (listening) part. Unfortunately, I don’t know why, I couldn’t hear the played scripts clearly. It was echoing hard that I couldn’t really catch everything. There was this one part in choukai, where we had to listen to a very long passage, and the question was asked only after that. That’s new. We didn’t have that in N5 and N4 exam. So I was like, ‘Oh, no. There goes my N3. I’m going to fail.‘ 😖

It’s been a long time since I cried for an exam.

Okay, that was last year’s story. Few days ago, the result of N3 exam was announced on the website. Oda Sensei texted me, telling me to check my result. So I did. To my surprise, I passed. Alhamdulillah. 😂


I got a B for the first time. And it was no surprise that the B is on the Vocabulary. Anyway, alhamdulillah.


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