While I'm posting here at all, is there anyone else who is taking 1kyuu in December? I'll be taking it in San Francisco. I'm at school in Minnesota, but since driving to Chicago is extremely iffy in the winter, and my brother lives in Berkeley and will let me stay at his place, I chose the SFO site.
Right now I'm pretty much thinking I have about a snail's chance in a marathon at passing this thing, but even if I don't, I'll have learned a lot more by studying for it than I would have if I weren't taking it at all. I've mostly concentrated on studying kanji so far, knowing that that is my weakest weak point, but my Japanese classes for the past two years have been mainly reading original source material and discussing it, so I thought I'd have the reading comprehension under control, but then I took the practice test from the book and I completely and utterly failed the first section of reading comprehension. It definitely looks now like I need more work on reading and grammar than on kanji and vocabulary. Obviously I'm going to do over the exercises in the book, but does anyone have any further suggestions or strategies?