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A few friends of mine are considering taking HSK test. I know that there are lots of successful Chinese language learners with this Forum, and many have successfully passed HSK. I am wondering what are the best methods, tools, or practices that help you pass HSK test? Thanks so much in advance. 


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There is so much to say about how to prepare for the HSK.  First of all, there are 6 levels (reported to become 9 levels later in the year), so how to prepare depends on which test the student wishes to take.  Almost everyone uses these to prepare:


- Vocabulary lists.

- Past exams (just Google etc. "HSK3 past exam").

- HSK Standard Course 标准教程 textbooks.


Beyond this, there are many resources (textbooks, webpages, graded readers, etc.) on this topic, along with hiring a teacher.  (And if you want to cover oral Chinese, there's the HSKK 汉语水平口语考试.)


Judging from your posts, I'm guessing you're looking to become a teacher rather than a student, in which case you should also know about the 国际中文教师证书 (CTCSOL = "Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages").

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