The HSK exam is the only standard exam for non-native speakers of the Chinese language, such as foreign students and overseas Chinese. This test is managed by and/or administered by HANBAN, a non-government organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The HSK test approximates the English TOEFL, it is proof of language proficiency and can be used for educational and professional purposes. This test is great for those who want to measure their skill level in Chinese language as it is divided into six(6) levels (i.e. HSK 1-6) .The major reason why people fail this exam is due to lack of adequate preparation. In this post, we will be sharing some tips that will help you pass the HSK exam and these tips are applicable for all levels (from Beginners to advanced learners of the Chinese language).
Tip #1 – Get an Overview of what HSK is all about
You need to properly understand what the exam is all about and this can be achieved by going through the basic outline and the syllabus in order to understand what is required of you as an exam candidate. HANBAN now offers a free self-evaluation tool on this website. This tool gives you the opportunity to carry out a self-evaluation in order to understand what the HSK is really about and as well enables you to determine the level of HSK exam that you are supposed to write. Simply enter your name and an email address on the self-evaluation webpage to get started. You can also visit the HANBAN webpage for a complete introduction on the different levels and types of HSK exams available as well as the requirements.
Tip #2 – Study the vocabulary
There are list of new words for every level of the HSK exams. These new words lay a foundation for effectively grasping the content of the exam from listening to reading & writing. There are different platforms and softwares for effective study, retention and proper usage these new words. Flash cards for example is a very effective method for putting these words to memory. Softwares like Pleco, Hello HSK and so on are very helpful as well. Click here to download the list of new words for all levels (from HSK 1-6).
Tip #3 – Understand the logic behind behind answering each question
One important point to note is that these exams follow a range of pattern, there are specific points to note when answering each question and considering the fact that this exams is written almost every month there is little or no room for changes to me made in the structure of the exam content, therefore the structure in which these exams are set are left unchanged most times. In order to fully understand the logic behind answering the question under different section of these exams, I highly recommend this book (新HSK应试全解析) there are different volumes of this book for different levels, from HSK 1-6. If you decide to attend a coaching class, you will also get access to these helpful logic and tricks as well.
Tip #4 – Practice tests are very important
It is very important do as many practice tests as possible. Taking these practice tests help you determine how ready you are for the real exam. After taking these tests, look over the answers and pay attention to the errors made, work on correcting these errors and prepare for the next practice test. The HSK test is divided into Paper-based test and Internet-based test, click here to download the HSK Paper based materials and click here to carry out practice tests online. Once again, it is very important write as many practice tests as possible.
Tip #5 – Practice tests should be finished in accordance with the HSK Official time limit
Put yourself under proper exam condition when writing practice tests. Reading quickly can give you a significantly better chance of doing well in the exam. If the official time limit is an hour and a half, try to finish your reading within 80 minutes when you take mock tests. By practicing finishing early, you can use the extra time as a buffer when you take the actual test, which will reduce anxiety when writing the main exam and it will also help you if you unexpectedly have trouble with the test.
There are HSK testing centres available all over the world. Click here for more information on the nearest HSK testing centre around your location. Wish you success as you undertake this exciting venture to Chinese language mastery and proficiency. If you have more helpful tips to share with us, please feel free to use the comment box below, we always love to hear from you.