On Gaien Higashi Dori
Thursday, September 18
Structural Reform of Application Form
I remember years back when I first sat a Japanese Proficiency Test, filling out the application form was actually harder than passing the test. It took me the best part of a day, if I remember correctly. Somewhere between 1999 and now though, the powers that be have decided to pare the application down to the bare essentials. Fair play to them. I was stunned when I saw the tiny little application form. Where are the other 10 pages, I wondered. What took me a whole day in 1997, I finished in 15 minutes today.
Full credit to the AIEJ.
Now, they only have to sort out a couple more minor details. Like why the test is only held once a year, why sitting it is drawn out over a whole day, why it costs so much, why it takes an age to process the results despite computerized marking, and why I always have to trek out to the back end of Chiba to take it.
If you've ever done this test, you will know what I am talking about.