If you want to work in China or for a predominately-Chinese-speaking business, having a high HSK level is basically required. Studying in a Chinese university requires a high HSK as well because you’ll be sitting through Chinese-taught classes. The HSK is like physical proof that you know Chinese. An employer won’t care how great you speak or what you say you know, they’re going to want to see that certificate. Without the HSK, you might as well not have gone to school at all.
HSK prep gives you a focal point, a goal, something to structure your learning around. The different levels help break down the language into bite-size pieces so you don’t feel so overwhelmed.
To pass the HSK 1, you only need to know which is a much easier goal to strive for. It feels like something you can actually accomplish, you know? And once you finish the HSK 1, you’ll be motivated to keep going. Finishing each level serves as motivation in itself to keep going higher. Why stop at level two, three, or four when you can reach for five and beyond?
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