…over for at least this year anyhow.
My expectations were that:
①I’d do bad-fair on the vocab/kanji test, depending on luck.
②The listening would prove easy and boost my overall score.
③My grammar would be good-v.good.
④The reading section would be bad-fair, depending on luck.
My experience was:
①I got a licking on the vocab/kanji test.
②My trump card, listening, turned out to be difficult in places.
③The grammar was v.good.
④The biggest reading passage confused me, but following sections were fair.
Overall, I was dissappointed with how it turned out, particularly with my ‘trump card’, listening. This was the 4th real listening test I’ve attempted and by far the hardest.
Thanks to those of you who have given me good advice on the reading sections. I did much better than I was doing a couple of months back, but not good enough, unfortunately.
If I had done the 2004 paper last year with my current knowledge I think I might have done better. Still, if you are going to score around the 50% mark then there are obviously huge gaps in your knowledge and you shouldn’t be too disgruntled if this culminates in a couple of poor papers on the day. I can’t complain… next year!!