Assalamualaikum and Hello everyone.
JAD YPM stands for Japanese Associate Degree by Yayasan Pelajaran MARA - a subsidiary for MARA.
This is the website > http://www.jadypm.edu.my/
*To juniors out there, don't forget to fill up the online application. You get it or not, that's the second thing you should consider. Try first. Who knows you might have luck :)
In my online application, I chose to attend the interview in Royale Bintang Hotel , Seremban if I got selected for it.
So, I travelled by train with my mum as early as 5.30 am. My dad dropped my mom and I at KL Sentral so we could ride a one-hour train to Seremban. I went there with a face half sleepy half nervous. Hehehe. Well, some of my friends that already attended the interview a few days before me told me that the interviewers were Malays and also Japanese. I would be dead if they ever asked me anything in that language since I never learned Japanese, Don't have any basics of the language, Don't even remember the four types of writing systems in japanese.
Okay, going back to the interview thingy.
We had a math&english test for 30 minutes. There were 20 questions all together (english+mathematics). Quite difficult. No calculator was allowed. They gave you a 2B pencil and an eraser.
After the test, we were asked to sit down and wait for our interview turns to come. I was candidate number 5. Phew~
So, the interview was quite tough, really. You see, they asked you the common questions as always (I'll write what I got down here) followed by two mathematics-physics questions!! You ought to solve one of the questions AND explain how you'd solve it to the interviewers. There were two interviewers in that room.
#Tell me about yourself
#Why JAD and not Bursary*?
#Why choose Japan when you don't even learn Japanese? Wouldn't it be difficult for your studies?
#What other values do you have that can convince us to choose you as one of our scholars?
#So, since addmath and physics are your favourite and good subjects, please try solve one of these questions [They decide for you]
*Bursary is a scholarship for pre-U ONLY given by government to SPM 2011 leavers that got 9A+ and above. For the degree scholarship, you'll have to RE-APPLY through JPA and you'll have to attend interview and an educamp. If you apply for overseas universities, you have to gain admission by Top 10 Universities in UK&US (for medic/pharmacy/dentistry) and Top 50 Universities (for engineering etc etc) that are provided by government on the Universities list. AND, one more thing. You're not fully guaranteed that you'll get the scholarship. It's all depending on your performance during the interview, apart from your exam results and household income.
And the question I got was....
O-oh. I was like, "Darn it, what on earth is he talking about?". I never learned it [to derive formula] at school before!
But then, I tried hard to, and still failed. Actually it was pretty difficult, you know to come out with an answer while you're standing right in front of the interviewers and you freaking know they're looking straight at you. Haha. And they provoked me a lot since I already said math&addmath were my good subjects so how come I couldn't solve a simple question like this . Then, they asked me to solve sin 60, cos 180 and tan 90. Alhamdulillah, I could explain those things quite well :D LALALA.
That's all. Oh! The other question was the SPM Physics syllabus about Tension (Takal & gravity).
A bit tips from me:
#Learn some Japanese too, to play safe - basic greetings will do.
#Find as much as you know about Japan - including the interesting facts about that country. Try to google it.
You would want to impress the interviewers with your passion,
#Do math&english exercises - You don't wanna be dumbfounded during the 30-minute test, ain't you?
Hmm, my memory about what happened after the interview was a bit cloudy. But, it doesn't matter anyway :| So.. Take a moment to digest the info!
Goodluck! Ganbatte Kudasai :)
*Oh, pandainya Miza cakap Jepun. Woah*