8am, arrived at the SKIS. 4 packets of tissues and 4 hours later, I’m done with the 30th TOPIK advanced paper and on the bus home.
So how was the paper? I dont really know. I spent majority of my time sneezing and blowing my nose all the way. I think i put in more effort into trying to mimimize disturbance during the listening part. Must have incurred the wrath of my fellow test takers. Sorry D:
First things first. I MANAGED TO BRING HOME ANOTHER MARKER PEN. Hahahaha bringing home the OAS marker pen seems to be a routine for me. Spoils of war? Lol I carry the previous two pens around in my pencil case ^^ We were asked to return the pens but I made sure I zipped my pencil case and concentrated on blowing my nose lolol. 아싸!
Okay, now on to more mundane things 😛 There were supposed to be 18 of us, but 5 didnt turn up (I was nearly one of them too, to be honest). Quite a fair mix of Koreans and foreigners in the original list (:
VOCAB AND GRAMMAR
I’m going to pay the price for refusing to revise the advanced grammar points. I knew I was weak in that, but yeah… Pretty surprised that I got through the vocab quite well. All that reading must have paid off.
As usual, that 3 questions was like.. horrible. Might have screwed up my essay. My brain was so hazy that I had no structure in the essay and I sound like a kindergarten kid desperately repeating herself. I actually had one hour to do the essay but I was like …. …. ….. . . . so in the end I didn’t really complete the section early.
Quite surprised that I actually survived despite my cold getting worse. I wasnt even concentrating but I know what they were talking about. Normally, I’ll read the next question (and the mcq choices) ahead of the question during the pause between the end of the previous question and start of the next. For the last two TOPIK tries, it was a little difficult to absorb everything and I usually only had time to read the question + 2 choices before the audio starts again. But this time, I didn’t have to read single choice in detail but I can roughly get what each choice is about just by looking at it. Erm hard to explain. But I think it’s a good improvement. I’ve been trying to train my “Korean scanning skills” and I think I’m getting there.
Can feel an improvement (hopefully it’s not my hallucination). All the reading helped and I can understand the passages on ancient Korean culture because of 전우치!!! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
Overall I definitely feel that I’m much better compared to last year. The paper felt a lot more manageable and no longer ‘out of reach’ and I can do it more.. 여유있게. ㅋㅋㅋ I wasn’t dead (mentally) by the end of the paper!! But the cold definitely affected me ): oh well. Not going to blame the cold though. If Im really good enough the cold shouldnt bother me.
Great. I’ve just finished the 5th packet of tissues and I’m nearly home ^^ Shall get lunch, sleep and hopefully wake up miraculously cured so that I can meet my friend and eat udon at night hahaha 😀
p.s Doing TOPIK made me fall in love with Korean all over again <3
p.p.s Now that TOPIK is over, it’s time to prepare for JLPT N3!! hehehe knowing me, I’ll somehow be studying Korean near that period of time, so I might as well start preparing now!