Okay! I am back from the taking the Japanese Vegetable Sommelier exam.
(If you are curious to learn more about the exam or are wondering why I am taking this exam, check out my About page.)
This is my 3rd time taking the exam. And this is the first time that I felt like I might actually have a chance of passing the test!
Structure of the Test
Length: 2 hours
Number of Questions: 250 multiple choice questions
Total Points: 500
The points are divided across 4 content sections: Vegetable Communication (100 points), Vegetable Science (100 points), Vegetable Cooking (100 points), and Vegetable “Theory” (200 points). Material on the exam comes from the official textbook.
Previous Exam Attempts
- Summer 2015 1st Try – I had no clue about anything. I just went with the goal of figuring out the structure of the exam. I could barely sort out the answer sheet. I used up a lot of precious exam time just reading the directions for each section. For over 75% of the exam, I just bubbled answers in randomly.
- January 2016 2nd Try – I studied a little better this time. I focused my energy on the “Vegetable Theory” section. This is the part of the exam worth the most points. I wanted to see if I could at least pass the “Theory” section.
Current Attempt – August 2016 3rd Try
This is the first time that I actually read through the whole textbook!
Reading through the entire textbook is no minor feat for me, since the textbook has a lot of unfamiliar kanji characters. I mean…”high cholesterol” is not really a kanji that you learn in your average Japanese language class.
Report from Exam Try #3
I headed to Osaka to take the exam. It is about 40 minutes by train to Osaka from here. This exam center is the same place I went in January 2016 (for attempt #2). It was nice that I already knew how to get to the building and find the right room.
Braving a typhoon to get to the exam
It was pouring rain the morning of the exam thanks to a typhoon bearing down on Japan.
Fortunately the skies were only cloudy in Osaka!
Getting to the exam room
This is the door that I went through to take the exam.
There were 14 people taking the exam. No pictures are allowed inside, so unfortunately I cannot show you the room. It was a standard Japanese-style classroom – 2 person tables lined up in a grid facing the front of the room.
I sat at a table with a guy about my age. He finished after just an hour and a half, and left the exam. I stayed until the end to check my answers.
Now just waiting for the results!
Results should be out in about 1 month. Until then, I’m going to enjoy my remaining time in Japan!