5 Tips for preparing HSK1


Tip 1: Be familiar with the structure and the content of HSK


This tip actually can be applied to any levels of HSK. Maybe you think it has nothing to do with improving your Chinese, but it is quite crucial if you want to get a high mark during a very short time. I have been thinking of the question of how to succeed with an exam in 1-3 months for a long time. I believe anyone can easily achieve an ideal score as long as we know and master very well the form and the scope of the exam, the focus of exam as well. Since many types of exams have its particular operation model, vocabulary size, grammar points and question types, which can be detected by our powerful Network System…Oh, sorry, I got carried away…

Go back to the topic…

Thus, before taking the test, you should be absolutely familiar with the structure and the question types of HSK1. That is to say, you need to know: Which sections does HSK1 consist of? (oral, listening, reading, or writing?); How long does each section take? What is the total score for passing it? And the question types of each section.

Fortunately, there is no writing section in HSK1 written examination, which means you can only concentrate your energy on reading and listening comprehension. To see the structure and the content of HSK1, please click HSK Level Summary I – HSK1 HSK2.

The test score report includes listening, reading, and total scores. A score of 120 and more represents a pass. Your HSK score is valid for two years.



Tip 2: Learn proper vocabulary and grammar

As I mentioned before, each test has its particular operation model, vocabulary size and grammar points. There is no exception for HSK1. There are 150 basic Chinese words that you need to remember by heart before taking it. Click here to download « the vocabulary list and the grammar of HSK1 » for free. This document summarised all the grammar points and vocabulary that HSK1 is going to test you.


How to use it?

One way is to make flashcards on the basis of it if you find it difficult to memorise. Luckily, there are a bunch of applications about HSK on the market now, which claim to have this kind of function to help us overcome this part. Here I only recommend two (I tried myself too). One is ‘Zizzle’, another is ‘HSKhelper’. Of course, if you’ve already had a wonderful one, please continue whit it. 🙂 (Link: Best app/website for learning Chinese)


As to grammar, how to learn and review it?

To learn the grammar: HSK Standard Course 1 with the workbook.

To review and gauge how much you master, you’d better find a teacher to help you. However, maybe for some of you, it is difficult to find a local teacher in your city, and it’s very expensive if attending a private language course…Here is another way: try some online courses – Don’t forget our powerful Internet! – There have been more and more good online teaching websites on the Internet in recent years, such as Verbling, eChineseLearning, etc. You can choose a teacher that suits your budget, and do some lessons only focusing on grammar, or you can start from 0…or…well, it’s up to you:)



Tip 3: Do official mock tests

To be honest, this is the most efficient way to achieve any kind of tests by far (which I found and works quite well for me, unfortunately, I’m too lazy…). You should be aware: there are a lot of free resources on the Internet which you can download from anywhere on this planet. As HSK is timed, it is critical that you practice as many sample exam questions as possible before taking the real one, and work to build up your speed.

If you prefer doing on paper, you can also find the HSK1 Mock Test Collection on Amazon.

Here I strongly recommend you to do mock tests online at least once before real exam, which will give you a feel of the real exam and when you take the real one you won’t feel you are doing something new or different.



Tip 4: Learn to sort out your mistakes

Highlight your mistakes in red or other colours, or sort them out in a notebook, spend time reviewing them every day (especially when your deadline is approaching…). You can also take mock tests again to see if you lose your scores on the same question or not.



Tip 5: Preparation before test

Get everything ready before the day of the exam, for example, passport, pens, your admission card for the entrance examination, etc. Just be sure everything is in order. In addition, It is better to visit the test centre one day before (if conditions are allowed) and get enough rest before the night of your exam.


At last, Good luck to all of you!


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