3 Hot Tips to Get the Best HSKK Score

HSK 3 quiz

For those of you new to Chinese language tests, HSKK stands for “汉语水平口语考试 (hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǒuyǔ kǎoshì)” and is a standardized oral test that aims to test examinees’ ability in spoken Chinese. HSKK is the oral test portion of the HSK and is divided into 3 levels:
● HSKK Test Prep (Beginner Level)
● HSKK Test Prep (Intermediate Level)
● HSKK Test Prep (Advanced Level)
Lately, the questions about how to prepare for the HSKK Intermediate exam have been flooding in. Without further ado, here are the top tips for Chinese language learners looking to get the best score on their intermediate HSKK exam.

1. To Do More Listening Exercises

Improving oral Chinese is a comprehensive process, not only to master the accurate pronunciation of Chinese but also to master Chinese vocabulary. This HSKK Test Prep is designed for those who can talk with native Chinese speakers on certain routine topics, but find it difficult to conduct non-routine tasks. Learners need to acquire 900 Chinese words and phrases to pass the test.
To improve on these requirements, start with listening. Here are some audio materials for different levels of Chinese language learners:
Chinese Podcast | Chinese Podcasting Lesson, Learn Chinese Online
Choose the difficulty of Chinese listening lessons, Chinese songs, Chinese movies, and Chinese “广播 (guǎngbō) broadcasts” according to your own level. By listening more, you will be more familiar with the pronunciation and intonation of Chinese. At the same time, after accumulating certain vocabulary, it’s possible to practice more oral Chinese.
There are other good ways of learning Mandarin Chinese such as: “夏令营 (xiàlìngyíng): summer camps,” “留学 (liúxué) study abroad” or “旅行 (lǚxíng) travel.” But now that it is convenient to make good use of the internet, we can also make Chinese friends online to practice Chinese. Perhaps installing a “微信 (wēi xìn) WeChat” app on your phone will help you!

2. Be Familiar with Types of Questions

Types of questions on HSKK Intermediate Exam:
听后重复 (Tīng hòu chóngfù) Repeating After Listening

看图说话 (Kàn tú shuōhuà) Talk About the Picture

回答问题 (Huídá wèntí) Answer Questions

    Types of questions       题型     Numbers     数量(个)     Examination time     考试时间(分钟)  
Part One 听后重复 10 5
Part Two 看图说话 2 4
  Part Three     回答问题   2 4
Total 14 13
a. 听后重复 (Tīng hòu chóngfù) Repeating After Listening:

Do more repetition drills and record your own pronunciation during the usual practicing time. It’s very helpful to correct pronunciation in a timely manner.

b. 看图说话 (Kàn tú shuōhuà) Talk About the Picture:

Students learn to make good use of their imagination by learning how to tell stories. Your creation could be based on events, roles, and the time and place clues within the picture.

c. 回答问题 (Huídá wèntí) Answer Questions:

Firstly, what the most important is to explain the reasons, and then you can give more examples to verify them so that the answer would be more full and specific.
The main points of the statement should be clear. you can use these expressions to sort out your own logic:
首先 (Shǒuxiān) firstly … 其次 (qícì) secondly … 最后
(zuìhòu) finally …
第一 (Dìyī) first … 第二 (dì’èr) second … 第三 (dìsān) third …
总之 (Zǒngzhī) in short …
因为 (Yīnwèi) because … 所以 (suǒyǐ) so …
虽然 (Suīrán) although … 但是 (dànshì) but …
There are more associated pairs, please go forward to the following pages to have a look:
Commonly Associated Words to Use When Describing Various Situations
Commonly Used Chinese Word Pairs Part I
What’s the Difference Among “要么 (Yàome),” “有时(Yǒushí),” And “一边 (Yìbiān)?”
Mandarin Lessons- Causal Conjunctions: “因为 (Yīnwèi) …… 所以 (Suǒyǐ) ……”

Here are two “回答问题 (Huídá wèntí) Answer Questions” that you can try:
Example 1:

Nǐ zěnme kàndài kuàguó hūnyīn?
What do you think of cross-border marriage?

Example 2:

Nǐ zěnme kàndài àiqíng yǔ jīnqián de guānxi?
What do you think of the relationship between love and money?

If you want to know if your answers are on point or if you have any questions to ask, just sign up for a free class to discuss with our native Chinese teachers online.

3. Exam Process Guidance And Precautions

The HSKK requires test supervisors and candidates to arrive half an hour before the exam. The HSKK is conducted in the form of audio recording.
Before the exam, the supervisor should firstly have tested the recording equipment to make sure that all headsets and microphones can record and work well.
Afterward, the HSKK examinee information cards are handed out and the examinee will need to fill it out. After that, the supervisor will hand out the Guide Manual for the HSKK exam. Later on, they will explain the rules of the exam.
Finally, the test is handed out to every examinee. And once the exam has started, interruptions and walking around are not allowed.
After the exam, test supervisors need to make sure the recording played well and saved before every examinee leaves.
If this information was helpful or if you have any other questions you are welcome to leave comments. We will continue to share useful “干货 (gānhuò)!”


广播 (Guǎngbō): broadcast

夏令营 (Xiàlìngyíng): summer camps

留学 (Liúxué): study abroad

旅行 (Lǚxíng): travel

微信 (Wēi xìn): WeChat, a social app

爱情 (Àiqíng): love

金钱 (Jīnqián): money

HSK 3 quiz

1. Which of the following does not belong to the types of questions on the HSKK Intermediate Exam?

A. 听后重复 (Tīng hòu chóngfù)

B. 你画我猜 (Nǐ huà wǒ cāi)

C. 看图说话 (Kàn tú shuōhuà)

D. 回答问题 (Huídá wèntí)

— Written by Julia Liu —

Julia Liu teaches Chinese with eChineseLearning. She has been successfully teaching for 5 years and loves reading and practices her passion for drawing in her free time.

More Information About Chinese Test Preparation Guide:

How to Study for Chinese HSK Exam?
How to Study for the AP Chinese Exam?
How to Study for SAT Chinese with Listening? (Formerly SAT II Chinese Test)
HSK Test 
General Chinese (Beginner Level) 
General Chinese (Intermediate Level) 

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