China’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is the standardized international test used to determine the fluency of non-native speakers in Chinese and it is used by all Chinese universities to assess the enrollment of foreign students and by a number of Chinese companies looking for foreign employees.
As a total beginner, you can achieve HSK Level 3 by learning 6 hours every day for 4 months. I spoke with our student Kevan, a 19-year-old Austrian, who has been studying an intensive exam preparation course at Mandarin House for 4 months. Here’s his recipe:
I came to China to learn Chinese 4 months ago and now I want to have a proof of my Chinese skills for myself, but also to present it for my future study and career opportunities. Every day 6 hours in class and at the end of July I will take the HSK Level 3.
If you decide to take the exam, I recommend to go to class as much as you can, buy books with sample tests and vocabulary lists and study hard.
At Mandarin House, we have been accredited as an official HSK Testing Centre by China Hanban. According to Hanban, in 2013 more than 350,000 Chinese language learners registered and attended the HSK exam worldwide.
To prepare for the HSK exam, Mandarin House provides the HSK Preparation course – an intensive combination of 6 group classes and additional private tutoring lessons covering reading, writing, speaking, listening, and test preparation practice, offering a complete HSK preparation curriculum for all levels.
Rachel Kuang is School Manager with Mandarin House (www.mandarinhouse.com). Mandarin House teaches Mandarin Chinese and real life Chinese communication skills in Shanghai and Beijing since 2004.
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