Two years ago, the a new automotive exam was introduced in Japan and is growing in popularity. Asking 100 multiple choice questions, passing it awards the taker with the coveted Car Meister Certification. You have only one hour to take it, which works out 36 seconds per question. The exam is offered in Japanese only, unfortunately, but journalist Peter Lyon has translated 15 of the questions from Level 3 (the easiest one). According to Lyon, 5,800 people have taken the test but only 14 have passed Level 1.
I took the test and scored a 14 out of 15 using less than half my allotted time. The question I missed was an easy one but it was not about Japanese cars, so I can rest knowing that my JNC street cred remains in tact. I suspect, too, that JNC readers will fare much better than average, and are likely to whiz through the questions that stump most car enthusiasts. Think you have what it takes? As As Lyon suggests, you should give yourself 9 minutes. Take the test on Forbes, then let us know how you scored.
Thanks to Mike F. for the tip!