Japanese Power Level Test – Round 4 — 9 Comments

  1. For question 8, I answered 「勿論」. I guess it’s ok, although not in the answer list. If so, I got a score of 10/11.25, meaning my only mistake was question 4 – which brings me to my point: why is the Writing section so difficult in comparison to the others?

    Throughout the 4 tests I made 2 mistakes, both in this section, the last one because I couldn’t figure out what was intended. Maybe if there were an english sentence explaining what’s the “idea” of the japanese sentence this section would be more valuable as a testing method.

    Using question 4 of this test as an example: I couldn’t figure out つまらない nor あまり, although I’m pretty familiar with both words. I believe this happened because as soon as I saw the ending まらない, I started to think about verbs ending in まる. Similarly, When I saw __まり__かない my brain started searching its files for a compound verb that would fit (i.e. the first verb ending in まる and the second in く)* – which it didn’t find.

    If I had been shown a sentence in English (like “I seldom go to school because it’s boring”) my brain would be guided to the right direction, making it possible to test my knowledge of the hidden words.

    Well, that’s just my opinion/feedback, that I took the time to write because this is actually my favorite kind of post. I’m hoping for more soon! Thanks

    *I guess you could say these actually come from the verbs あまる and つまる, but the truth is most students learn them as adverb and adjective, respectively.
    Also, sorry for my English, as I’m not native.

    • Yes, for 8 勿論 would be fine.

      Writing is the most difficult because it tests your ability to not only understand the sentence, but to know what would naturally go inside the sentence. However since, this is open to some interpretation, there are other possible answers.

      These quizzes are designed to have some challenge as well. Being able to easily get a perfect score every time would defeat the purpose of them.

      An English translation would go against the very principal these decks follow.

      Also, I’m not sure if you have used the Jalup decks or not, but as mentioned in the first test of this series, these tests are primarily designed with Jalup deck users in mind. The sentences/audio are all directly taken from them, which means that you will have reviewed them multiple times before, making the test more accurate and everything connect much smoother.

      And don’t forget you got a 10. Which is an amazing score!

      • Now that you put it that way I guess it makes sense. I really did not know/remember the sentences were taken from the decks – having that in mind, this is probably a good way of evaluating the students progress.

        Thanks for answering (and for the compliment as well). Keep up the great work ^^

  2. 8.75 not bad. To be honest I skipped the writing part sorry about that I really had no clue. Writing is my 弱点。

    • Not bad at all.

      Hopefully you gave the writing section an attempt, as that is what matters. And maybe you’ll do better on the next quiz’s writing section.

  3. It took me quite some time to sit down and do this test, however once started I enjoyed it until the very end ^^.

  4. Thank you for these tests. I realized that I needed to focus much more on my listening, and now I’m doing much better.

    There’s a clicking noise at the beginning of the audio for 10.

    These are taken directly from JALUP beginner deck? I guess that those decks are extreme versions of teaching for the test, heh.

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