randomguy wrote:Thanks so much for fielding all these questions. I know it's a lot, so I really appreciate it.
7. Hometown and Home State
"Enter the town/city and state which you feel most comfortable representing while on the JET Program."
•Could you explain this part a little more? Does this refer to place of actual permanent residency, or simply any place you just feel most comfortable with? For example, say I've lived in another state for a short while, and feel more comfortable representing that state than my current one.
2b. ALT Placement (for CIR applicants only)
"Would you like to be considered for the ALT position?"
•Will my answer to this affect the decision process for being a CIR, or is it only considered after rejection for the CIR part?
i.e. A hypothetical scenario: the reviewer thinks I'd make a great ALT. Would that steer me away from acceptance as a CIR?
31. Japanese Language Certification
•I passed the JLPT at one point, but it was several years ago and the level I passed doesn't reflect my current Japanese level. My transcript is a better indicator of my level, so should I still include my JLPT certificate?
26. Teaching Background
c. Teacher Training and/or Education Courses
•I've taken courses in my school's Education department, but they were not for teacher-training but rather research-type courses. Should I put those down? What about Counseling courses? Do they count?
•If I'm studying something on my own and don't intend to stop anytime soon, should I mark the date as, for example, 01/01 - present, or do the fields have to have actual, specific dates?
25. Higher Education Institutions Attended
"Note: You must provide official transcripts from ALL institutions listed here, unless your final transcript includes the following regarding transfer credits (institution name, course names, grades received, dates taken)."
•My undergraduate transcript includes all of my transfer credits, minus one class -- it's one of those required classes geared for orienting freshmen to college. I also have transfer credit for a summer class from another uni. Should I include all my transcripts, just to be safe?
Experiences, Studies, etc.
•Should I put down my classes, volunteer work, and international/intercultural experiences in chronological order, or can I order it based on relevancy to JET?
"If you have additional experience you would like to include, you may add attachments, provided they are in the same format as the chart in the print out version of this application and do not exceed one page"
•Is that one page maximum for each section (International/intercultural experiences, Japan-related studies...), or one page for all the sections?
nicole.ai wrote:Sorry Miami, I have a couple more questions...
I finally got around to photocopying my passport as proof of U.S. Citizenship, but my photo didn't come out and is just a black blob in the shape of my outline. Is this okay? Or should I either get a photocopy where my image is visible or send a photocopy of my birth certificate instead?
Second question, I've only taken one college course that I can put under the Teacher Training and/or Education Courses section, but I got a poor grade in it (C-). Should I still put this on my application? I mean, they can see the grade in my official transcript anyway. But, I'm worried that even though I want to show that I have taken a class about teaching, the grade would cancel out the experience anyway...
Thanks again for being the answer guru.
bmlong wrote:Hi! I have a question. (obviously)
This is for the U.S. application.
When filling out the application I noticed that I had to fill in all blanks. Under Academic Specialization there is a place for teaching certification. I put down "no" because I do not have one, and yet it says I need to fill in the date part with a valid date. Would it be OK to leave this blank? Since I have no reason to put a date in it and I don't want to feel like I'm lying about something.
Teari wrote:merky and miami, thanks so much for the input It definitely helps as I tend to over-analyze and worry already, let alone bringing JET anticipation into it XD
How crazy excited is everyone right now? I'm SOOO thrilled the app is finally up and gettin' done ;D I will be back with more questions >_>
nyllyn wrote:Good day, dear Miami Coordinator of Supreme Intelligence. I have a question about the US application.
The error with question 14b about teaching certificates has been fixed on the HTML version of the application, but it is acting strange in the PDF version. All other boxes on the PDF have been automatically filled in with my typed answers, or a "Y" or "N" - however, the box for 14b is blank, even though I have selected "No" on the HTML application. Would it be acceptable to simply fill in that one box by hand with a simple, black-ink "N"?
Thank you for your time!
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