How to Prepare for SAT II: Japanese
I think a great test prep book should help students get familiar with what types of the test problems could be and the contents the test focuses on.
This book does a good job on helping students preparing on the format of the test, however, in terms of test contents, this book needs to be improved. It is reported by some students that the real test problems are much more challenging than the practice tests in this book. For example, in the reading comprehensions, this book provides short passages which have kanji with the easier hiragana on top; on the real SAT II: Japanese, however there is a lot of kanji and NO hiragana is provided.
However, this is the only book available in the market so far for SAT II: Japanese preparation. In order to achieve a better score, we recommend students to use this book get familiar with the test format.
We did some research on the web and summary as the following to help those who are interested in learning Japanese free.
Online free resources
NHK Learn Japanese Online with Video and Audio
This website has 10 online lessons.
This website has 10 basic Japanese lessons and 13 intermediate Japanese lessons.
This website provides English Japanese dictionary.
This website provides online lessons, flash card trainers and language reference.
Learn Japanese a Kanji a day has four study levels, and Japanese-English dictionary.
This website provides online video and audio Japanese lessons.
Free download at the Japan store including kanji and listening practice.
This website has Japanese online lessons and articles on Japanese culture.
Japanese Learning Tools on Web
Some free podcasts
Using Podcast to learn Japanese is very convenient, because you can take the podcasts with you anywhere you go.
Learn Japanese at JapanesePod101 with Free Daily Podcasts
Help Kids to Learn Japanese