I'm taking 1kyuu again this year. I was close to passing last year. If I improve my kanji and vocab, I think I have a good chance of passing this time. Right now I'm studying with the Tuttle Kanji Cards and using speedanki.com, and just reading Japanese newspaper articles as often as possible. I'll be taking the test in Okayama.
Who's planning to take it this year, where, what level, and how are you studying?