Yes, that’s right, at my stupid school in Japan (well actually at all schools in Japan) we have tests: and not the namby-pamby let’s-see-how-much-you’ve-achieved progress tests. Serious tests. Twice a term, 5 times a year. Tests that you have to study for, everyday after schoolall weekends. Tests where they keep you in after school for mandatory studying time. Tests where all subjects give you masses of homework and workbooks to complete; where you’re not supposed to play or go out anywhere during Study Weeks. Tests where you have a time table and have to map out what you are going to do every minute of the day, and how many hours of study you’ll do, and then record what you actually did. Tests that change your entire life. That’s right. Because if, starting in year 7, your results aren’t good enough, you won’t get in to the Senior High School of Your Choice, won’t get into university, won’t get a good job. Simple as that.
So……………………….we study. Even I do, though I won’t be going to Senior High School here (yaaaaaaay ), because I want to get good results. And here, because everything is rote memorisation, it barely makes any difference wether you’re smart or not – just how much you study. Hence the global saying that Asian people are smart/hardworking. I don’t study that much at all (well, usually I always have something on, like a Melbourne Victory game in Osaka or a best friend from Australia coming to stay, so that makes it hard); I generally do about 30-somethnig hours of after school and weekend study in the 2 test Study Weeks, maybe? You should see how many other people in my class do!
Anyway, here are my results for my Year 8 Term 1 Midway Test Results (note: this time’s study interruption was Tess the Great coming all the way across the world to see me; far better that studying):
Japanese: 89/100 (one of the top marks. Japanese is hard, but I study my kanji and always get them 100% right thanks to my top-notch flash-card app, iAnki)
Maths: 98/100 Arghhhh!!! I was so close! I had 4/2 and didn’t change it to 2 in one of my algebraic equations. Poobumwee. Props to dad for helping me understand the bits when I was away.
English: 100/100 Naturally; though once I did get 99…..
Humanities: 78/100 Pretty good seeing as I didn’t study that much it, still, it was only Geography; next it will be the dreaded Japanese History…… !!! D:
Science: 76/100 I’m perfectly happy with that! I hate science, especially since I have barely any idea what it all means in Japanese…
So, yeah! My average was 87.something/100. And I barely studied! Take that you study maniacs! Wooooohoooooo!
OK, maybe I’m getting a little over-excited. I just love owning my class. ;P
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