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06:36 am: News flash: Japanese proficiency test results
Prompted by wednesday_10_00, I checked my mailbox for my test results. To prolong the suspense, I thought I'd give a brief description of the mailbox. Typical for Japanese apartments, it's a metal cage attached to a slot in the door to catch the mail. I'd never had one like this in America, so it took a bit of getting used to.

Good points:
  • No need to brave outdoor temperatures to check mail.
  • The mail is deposited inside the apartment, so (theoretically) there's less chance of someone stealing it.

    Bad points:
  • It's rare that anyone bothers to push the mail all the way inside, especially long items like bills or magazines, so the mail winds up jutting out the slot.
  • The slot is quite narrow, so anything much bigger than a normal sized envelope is not delivered. Instead, it must be fetched from the post office.

    Okay, I think that's enough of a delay. The official results: I passed!

    Writing/Vocabulary: 92/100
    Listening: 97/100
    Reading/Grammar: 200/200
    Total: 389/400


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    From:melf42
    Date:February 7th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
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    Judging by the fact that everyone I know who has gotten their results, both here and elsewhere, has passed, I'm beginning to have a suspicion that they send those out first. Hence, I haven't gotten one yet.

    (I wonder if you were the highest score they ever received. Jeez!)
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 7th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
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    I'm beginning to have a suspicion that they send those out first. Hence, I haven't gotten one yet.

    ;_; That would be so sad. I know you studied.

    I wonder if you were the highest score they ever received.

    I really don't understand my score on the first section. ^_^; I *know* I made a number of mistakes, because I remember at least four, and those are just the prominent ones. All I can guess is that either A) each individual question is weighted differently, so the ones I missed weren't worth much, or B) some of the questions aren't actually counted [I know they do this for some standardized tests in the States] and they happened to not count the ones I missed.
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    From:amilyn
    Date:February 7th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
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    I'm SO not surprised!

    Congratulations!
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
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    Thank you!
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:February 7th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
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    Congratulations! I knew you would pass, but you KILLED that test! Hot damn!
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
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    Thanks! I can hardly believe it myself. I keep thinking they must have made a grading error somewhere. I always averaged far lower on the practice tests...
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:37 pm (UTC)
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    We're going to have to do some serious celebrating this weekend!
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 8th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
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    Woo hoo! Celebration ahoy!
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    From:sara_tanaquil
    Date:February 7th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC)
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    Whoop! Talk about pwned!

    (I learned a new word today, in accordance with best linguistic practices, must use it as much as possible.)

    That is truly truly awesome. Not that I was surprised, I was expecting you to ace it, but then I got all worried when you were the last person on my flist to post results.

    And the mailbox stalling tactic thing, that's just MEAN. ;-)

    Congratulations!!!!!!
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
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    Talk about pwned!

    ...I had to go look it up. ^_^; And my brothers play Warcraft. How embarrassing is that?

    And the mailbox stalling tactic thing, that's just MEAN.

    I try. *^_^*

    But, really, a two-word entry would be boring, wouldn't it?
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    From:sara_tanaquil
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
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    ...I had to go look it up. ^_^; And my brothers play Warcraft. How embarrassing is that?

    LOL. At least I'm not the very last person on LJ to learn what it means. ;-)

    Your post was definitely among the most original contributions to the general "I Passed!" squeeage... right up there with akujunkan's graphic arts version. (amasugiru also had some excellent art, but she's not actually on my flist...)
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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    (amasugiru also had some excellent art, but she's not actually on my flist...)
    That picture is adorable. And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who mixes up the English abbreviation for the test name. ^_^;
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    From:sara_tanaquil
    Date:February 7th, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
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    And I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who mixes up the English abbreviation for the test name. ^_^;

    That's exactly what I thought! I was calling it the JPLT for at least six months. It looks better that way. ^_^
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:February 7th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
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    It looks better that way. ^_^
    It does, doesn't it? It sounds better that way when you say it out loud, too.

    All right, I know I'm procrastinating when I start discussing the aestheticness of acronyms. -_- Time to get back to work.
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 8th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
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    "Aestheticness"--I love it. <g> It ranks up there with "dizzynessing" that I came across today in one of the student reports I corrected.
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    From:wednesday_10_00
    Date:February 8th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
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    Dare I ask what the context was? I can't imagine how that could possibly go in a sentence.
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 8th, 2005 12:30 pm (UTC)
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    The assignment was translation, so she was translating a manga story. One of the characters said "I feel dizzy" and this was followed by the description that the character was "dizzynessing."
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    From:megory
    Date:February 8th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)

    Yahoooooo! Hurrah! Zowie!

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    Congratulations! What happy news. We'll have to celebrate all over again in March. You go, girl!
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 8th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)

    Re: Yahoooooo! Hurrah! Zowie!

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    Thanks! I certainly won't turn down a celebration. ^_^
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    From:mereflair
    Date:February 8th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
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    YOU COMPLETELY SCHOOLED IT! OOOOOOMMMMEEEEDDDDEEEEETTOUUUUU
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    From:spacealien_vamp
    Date:February 8th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
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    Thanks! (It would be really embarrassing if I didn't do well, considering the State of Michigan certified me to be a Japanese teacher and all...)
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