Recently pictures of totally awesome 100¥ watches started showing up on Facebook. Why would anyone want such a super cool watch, when most people tend to just use their cellphones to keep time these days? For the JLPT!
Those of you who have taken the Japanese Language Proficiency Test know that not only are you not allowed to check your cell phone during the exam, you can’t even leave it on silent or “Manner Mode” as it’s called here. Even a single vibration is supposedly enough to get you kicked out, or perhaps given a ‘yellow card’ warning depending on how strict your proctors are.
The rooms where the test is given don’t necessarily have clocks on the walls, so some of my friends picked up these stylish timekeepers. Luckily my classroom did have a clock, but on the back wall, so people kept turning around to look. At one point the invigilator announced that people should stop turning around, so of course I instinctively turned around the moment she said it, before my brain processed the part where she said “don’t.” Luckily I didn’t get carded!
The card system really amuses me, by the way–if I ever do get red-carded while taking the test, I plan to slide tackle someone on my way out the door. I really want to earn that red card!
Did anyone else take the JLPT this weekend? I’m not sure how I did, but like I said on Facebook–I’ve reached the happy Zen place of not worrying whether I passed this exam, because at the very least it motivated me to study pretty solidly, and get back into good habits. Thus, the overall experience has already been a success. POSITIVE OUTLOOK, I HAS IT.