It’s the end of the first year of university. All that’s left – 4 Japanese exams, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speaking is already done and out the way, so that leaves just 3 exams between me and my holiday to Cyprus! But somehow I ended up procrastinating revision for my listening exam THIS AFTERNOON so that I can give tips for preparing for Japanese exams (ironic I know)…the sacrifices I make…
Just grab a class mate or pen and speak with them, simple! You’ll likely be able to bring notes in anyway so just practice a lot and make sure you’re prepared. I think what gets people a lot is when they are in there and are being recorded, when they’re asked a question their mind either goes blank or they get so flustered they can’t say what they need to properly. I was definitely the latter and I doubt I’m the only one. So avoid the issue by practicing as much as possible. The more confident you feel and prepared you are, the better you will do. Also remember “もういちどおねがいんします” (Could you repeat that please) and “もっとゆっくりいってください” (Speak more slowly please).
Hard one to revise for… when it comes to it you kinda either know the stuff or not. BUT, listening to some music in Japanese or watching anime beforehand to try to pick out words will help put your mind into Japanese mode, so you don’t go in and sit sweating with an expression of horror as every word disappears over your head. When in the exam, just focus and pick out the words you know. If you have to guess then guess, but the more words you manage to pick out, the better your guess will be!
Reading and Writing exams:
For these I would just say read over all the Japanese notes you’ve made, go over vocabulary and kanji and grammar again and again. Practice writing some sentences and paragraphs on certain topics to. It may be a good idea to organise all your work that you’ve done into one notebook in a way that’s fun and makes it easier for you.
In the end, just have fun with it. Do whatever works best. Now with 3 hours left, I better go do some work!
*One other thing, my brilliant Japanese teacher gave me and a friend a little ninja years ago as good luck in our exams. Love that little thing. ありがとう先生！