Thanks to some contacts I now have the Unicom level 1 grammar book and listening book/CDs for the price they were meant to be sold at (have you seen the prices in London’s Japan Centre?).
My first thought on opening the grammar book was that the grammar is not significantly harder than that of level 2, just different. Like level 2, it looks like the area I could score well in if I simply apply myself to learn everything thoroughly.
As for the listening, I haven’t had a chance to listen to the CDs yet, but I’ve been told that it should be one of the easier parts for me. Like the other levels, I am hoping this is true, leaving me more study time to wrestle with the hard parts.
My main challenge is to start learning about a 1000 kanji and who knows how many thousands of words in the next few months, if I’m to have any chance at scoring points on the words/kanji paper and the long reading passages.