The Written Exam

JEIS (Japan Educational Institute for Seamen) publishes a textbook for 2 Kyu and 1Kyu permits; they do not publish a textbook for the permit in English. Some providers of materials might translate, from one degree to another, the pertinent topics and parts of the Japanese text into English.
All exams (and questions), which are written by JEIS, become public after the event. JEIS also publishes, in Japanese, a catalog of exam questions that are in current use. Except for the Juku, there is no parallel catalog of questions written in English that are used on the exam.
The Juku works backwards from the exams to the study material. JMRA now has a history of over 20 written exams and careful scrutiny of these exams reveal patterns that are helpful in the study for the next exam. The Juku slices and dices all the JMRA exams by question number such that, in the first run, the Juku matrix consisted of 20 items for each of the 50 questions.
Examination of each of the 50 test question sets reveals that the same question may appear on multiple exams. In other words, JEIS has a pool of questions for the exam (and they add to this pool on each exam, it is not stagnate).
The 50 questions on the exam are divided into 3 sections. So the Juku divided the whole set of 50 questions into 3 subsets. The items in each question of each subset were then analyzed and small essays were written to the content of the questions. The small essays were then grouped into 3 ‘mini essays’.
The bottom line? When you subscribe to the Juku you get computer access to the question data base, the mini essays, and additional comments and papers related to the exam. In addition, you may participate in an on-line conversation to address questions or problems with the materials.
A word of caution to those using dated Juku files from any source – your files are out of date. Every new exam will contain some new questions, so you are missing all the questions generated by JEIS since the last exam noted in your files.