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Paradox

Passed HSKK beginner today. But considering I've been studying for 5 years now, on and off with full time job, I would be disappointed if I hadn't! Pretty saddened by my low pass mark but it's still a pass. Eventually I might try to study over in China.

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fabiothebest
9 hours ago, Paradox said:

Passed HSKK beginner today

I understand how you feel :) I didn't try HSKK yet. Did you take HSK before? If yes, what level?

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dtcamero

i'm taking HSK6 on sunday at Pace University in manhattan.

anyone else doing last minute heroics with me? lets get a test thread going.

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On 11/14/2018 at 8:59 AM, Paradox said:

Passed HSKK beginner today. But considering I've been studying for 5 years now, on and off with full time job, I would be disappointed if I hadn't! Pretty saddened by my low pass mark but it's still a pass. Eventually I might try to study over in China.

 

 

well done, keep at it! Personally i much prefer to read about someone who took a long time to achieve a elementary or modest level in Chinese than someone who claims to have past HSK6 in a year. I have met far too many learners and spoke to too many teachers now to highly doubt this tall gived learners "internet" tales. Not saying it never happens but I am 100% convinced the reality is that the vast majority of learners take years to even achieve an intermediate level.  Then again no-one is interest in reading your thread, your blog or buying your book  if the premise is "I passed HSK 4 in three years and this is how I did it" 😄

 

 

 

 

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mungouk
4 hours ago, dtcamero said:

anyone else doing last minute heroics

 

Not sure about heriocs but I'm cramming HSK 4 vocabulary like there's no tomorrow and drilling mock tests, as I'm taking HSKK Intermediate on Sunday.

 

Best of luck to everyone taking tests on 2 Dec!  加油!

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mungouk

OK I just got home after HSKK 中级 here in Singapore. 

 

This was a proper "internet-based" test, running entirely on a PC, in a custom program very similar to the one I used in Shanghai for HSK 3.  Unlike this previous experience, the Hanzi displayed were very high quality.  (When I did HSKK beginner I used a PC but it just had a voice recorder app to record me, and I had a paper exam sheet.)

 

We each had an allocated seat number, and all the tables had a modern laptop with a logitech headphone-microphone combo. We logged into the program and then there was a configuration screen to set playback and recording levels.

 

Unlike some reported HSK online tests, I could skip between all 3 sections at will.  

 

The invigilator/proctor gave a helpful short PPT presentation to explain how the software worked, for 中级 and 高级. She also recommended that we prepare section 3 (Q13-14) first, since it's harder. That was useful.

 

Unlike the paper test where you make notes on the exam paper itself, we were given an A4 sheet which was blank on one side and just had the Hanban logo on the other, so there was a bit more space to make notes.  You could also make your notes on the computer if you wanted. 

 

So, all very well organised... EXCEPT: There were about 25 of us in this classroom, taking 2 different exams.  The room became very noisy when people were giving their answers and this was really off-putting.  Because there was  中级 and 高级 happening at the same time, we weren't all in sync. I found giving my answers for section 2 and 3 much harder than practicing at home because there were all these other people talking really loudly while I was trying to think.

 

Maybe there were so many people because Singapore only has one test centre, and the tests only run 4 times a year here. When I did HSKK beginner in Shanghai I was the only person in the room, which was perfect.

 

Anyway, glad to have that out of the way now and I can get back to HSK 4 preparation (and maybe even having fun again!).

 

 

 

 

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dtcamero

just finished hsk6. wow that sucked.

 

the computers were using a 90's era font that made text really difficult to read. in particular the listening section was bolded or something, making some characters totally unrecognizable. i actually laughed out loud sometimes at how badly they were rendered. this obviously was not good for my score.

 

all sections were noticeably harder than the practice tests. the psychology fill-in-the-blank section would have been difficult to understand in english.

the writing section would have been fine but ended with something involving chengyu describing a liability clause in a contract that was obviously key to the overall meaning, and i totally missed it. also the names were all transliterated so i had to spend time just memorizing how to write silly english names.

on top of that i ran out of time struggling with the awful IME trying to write a title and it just turned into jibberish.

 

overall a pretty disastrous morning 😂

would love to hear other people's' experiences

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RaMa09

Just did the computer based HSK4 in Sydney (Melbourne doesn't offer the computer based currently, so did it while on holiday over there). We met at the lobby of the building and it was a little bit 'pandemonic' as there were paper exams, online exams and some kind of kid's Chinese exams all about to commence and only the two teachers with elevator keys taking people to different rooms. Despite this I managed to find myself to the right room and computer. The exam was identical in format to the one that was suggested by others here: http://mnks.chinesebridge.com.cn/Mnks/Simulate/DefaultNew.aspx

 

I wasn't allowed to skip ahead to sections and once a section is finished you can't go back. You can of course go back and forward within the section you are currently in. The Chinese input used is the Google default Chinese input.I think if you get confident using the above link and learn the vocab, the test is pretty straight forward. 

 

Hope this helps.

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