What is the HSK level 1 test?
The HSK 1 test is for those who have just begun learning Chinese and can understand and use simple Chinese sentences. It tests knowledge of the first 150 words and includes simple conversation topics such as telling the time, things you like to do, going places, meeting people, and preparing food.
There are a few key differences to note between HSK 1 and the higher levels. Firstly, it is not necessary to be able to read the characters, as pinyin is provided for the entire exam (however, learning the characters is highly recommended, as it will make the later HSK levels much easier). Secondly, all the exam questions are multiple-choice and the exam consists only of a reading and listening section (no writing involved). Finally, in HSK levels 1, 2 and 3 the audio recordings for all questions in the listening sections are played twice (from HSK 4 and above they are only played once).
The emphasis of HSK 1 is on comprehension and not on producing language. What this means is that there are no questions where you are required to write anything. Most questions are answered using pictures, so you only need to be able to understand what the question means in order to answer it correctly.
Who is the HSK level 1 test for?
HSK 1 can be considered the first stepping stone in learning the Chinese language. It tests your ability to comprehend basic sentence patterns, recognize pinyin and understand verbal pronunciation. To pass this level, you will need to have a grasp of the first 150 words and be able to comprehend basic Chinese grammar. While it may not be practically useful, HSK 1 is a good way of gauging your level of proficiency and proving to yourself, friends and colleagues that you have made tangible progress in Chinese study.
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How to pass the HSK level 1 test
In preparing for HSK 1, it is important to not just memorize the vocabulary, but to also learn through context (such as by reading and listening to sentences). This ensures that you understand how the language fits together, rather than just remembering individual words. Furthermore, it increases your ability to comprehend and reproduce sentences on your own. Practicing with past exam papers allows you to prepare for the kinds of contexts that will be in the real exam. You can view the complete HSK 1 vocabulary list here, and past exam papers can be found here. Speedy Vocab combines both of these aspects into one easy-to-use format, made specifically with HSK test takers in mind.
Study the HSK test 1 vocabulary
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