HSK Zhongguo Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi Yingshi Zhinan (Chu, Zhong Deng) (xiudingben)
Note on the Revised Edition
The Guide Book for Chinese Proficiency Test of China has been in use for over six years since its first publication in 1998. With a total circulation of 80000 copies, it has been greatly favoured by HSK examinees, HSK tutorial classes and Chinese-teaching units. The copyright has been sold to other countries such as Korea and Japan. Also an edition in Uygur language is produced for students of minority groups in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. During the past six years many important events took place in China, such as Beijings successful bidding for 2008 Olympic Games, Chinas entry into the WTO and the great advancements China made in space technology. In the meantime, with the rapid development in science, technology and economy, many new words, terms and sayings have emerged in Chinese, which HSK examinees and Chinese-learners should heed so as to update their vocabulary. Therefore, we made a lot of adjustments and modifications to the book, hoping to ensure that its content reflects the ever-changing life of China as much as possible, thus becoming more useful to HSK examinees.
In this new edition, we have not only updated over one third of the original materials, but also rectified the problems in the first edition. In addition, for students to use this book easily, we have taken three mock tests from this book and made them into a CD-Rom, packed together with the book as a gift. Students can work out the tests on computers, which will grade the answers automatically and inform the student of the test result immediately.
All the articles and texts in the new edition are selected from publications between 2004 an d 2005. For the need of teaching and test-preparation, we did some polishing in language.
Guide Book to Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is specially complied for foreigners, overseas Chinese and learners of minority nationalities who will attend the elementary and intermediate Chinese Proficiency Test. In consideration of the users different proficiency levels, large number of discrete item exercises (equivalent to eight formal tests), timing exercises (equivalent to four formal tests) and three simulation tests are written to enable the readers to use them selectively to meet their special needs. Users are advised to practise in the order of simulation test-discrete item exercises-simulation test-timing exercises-simulation test, a circle of exercises, which will surely enhance testees ability in taking an examination and help them get ideal result in the ultimate HSK test.
Taking the format of the formal elementary and intermediate HSK, the simulation test quite resemble the real HSK test in both item number, time and difficulty index. Users are suppo9sed to finish the simulation test in exactly the same way as they are having a real HSK test by using an answer sheet and following its requirements and the given time. After the three tests have been completed, the users are advised to compare their scores in the three tests to see if they have made progress. In addition to the keys to the simulation test, the compilers have also explained and analysed some grammatical structures, which would be very helpful to those who have structural problems.
Discrete exercises classify the items of eight tests by the principle of merging similar items into four sections: listening comprehension, grammatical structure, reading comprehension and blank-filling. Without the requirement of time and amount, users enjoy the freedom and flexibility of choosing, according to their own conditions, a certain section or a certain part of a section to have large amount of intensive practice in order to ensure the most benefits out of the least time.
Timing exercise is designed in the form of timing listening comprehension, timing grammatical structure, timing reading comprehension and timing blank-filling by taking apart the formal HSK test. Four different versions of each section of the same number of items and difficulty index and time limit with the HSK test are prepared to enable the users to have timing practice on each section separately without spending too much time, so that after finishing circling the keys of all the timing exercises on the answer sheets in the postscript, users can get four complete HSK test. They can also combine the four sections at their own will to make into four complete HSK test. It is expected that after this systematic and purposeful practice users will get twice the result with half the effort.
On the last pages of the book are listed the recording scripts for the sections of listening comprehension, together with keys and explanatory notes and the information relevant to HSK to help the examinees have abetter understanding of and get ready psychologically for the HSK.
Finally, we hope the users will make the most of the book, give full play to their abilities and achieve satisfactory results in the HSK test.