The HSK level 3 involves reading, writing, and listening. Pinyin does not accompany every character. Students may take the online or handwritten test, depending on their preference. Prior to getting ready for the HSK level 3, you need to know the rules and test format.
Students who pass the test are able to use Chinese in their daily professional and academic lives. They can communicate about many matters in Chinese while travelling in China, and have memorized 600 Chinese characters in addition to understanding the grammar in HSK level 3.
Content and Duration of HSK level 3
HSK level 3 test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains 80 items.
The test will last for 90 minutes in total.
Test Structure for HSK level 3
Part I contains 10 items. Test takers will listen to each item twice. Each item is dialogue. Several pictures are given on the test paper and test takers should select the one corresponding with what he/she has heard.
Part II contains 10 items. Test takers will listen to each item twice. For each item, one person says a short paragraph and the other person says a sentence based on the paragraph. The sentence is also given on the test paper and test takers should judge if its content is right or wrong.
Part III contains 10 items. Test takers will listen to each item twice. For each item, two persons make a dialogue of two sentences, and another person will raise a question based on the dialogue. 3 options are given on the test paper and test takers should select the right answer based on what he/she has heard.
Part IV contains 10 items. Test takers will listen to each item twice. For each item, two persons make a dialogue of 4 to 5 sentences and another person will raise a question based on the dialogue. 3 options are given on the test paper and test takers should select the right answer based on what he/she has heard.
Part I contains 10 items. 20 sentences are given and test takers should find out the matchup relationship.
Part II contains 10 items. For each item, one or two sentences are given with one blank, and test takers should select the best choice from the options offered to make the sentence(s) complete.
Part III contains 10 items. 10 short passages are given, with each containing one question, and test takers should select the right answer from 3 options.
Part I contains 5 items. For each item, several Chinese words are given and test takers are required to write a sentence with these words.
Part II contains 5 items. For each item, a sentence with one blank is given and test takers are required to fill in the blank with the right Chinese characters.
Test Score Reports
Test score report includes listening, reading, writing and total scores. A score of 180 or more represents a pass.
Suggestions for Preparing for the HSK level 2
1. Vocabulary and grammar
At level 3, there are a few conjunctions that can alter the meaning of a sentence such as虽然（suīrán,even though）,但是(dàn shì,but), 终于（zhōng yú,finally）etc. So I suggest you learn those timely so that they may sink in. During your preparation, you must keep building up you vocabulary and practicing the grammar by doing mock tests.
2. The Reading Portion.
In addition to being lengthy, the reading portion does not include Pinyin. You should definitely practice studying Chinese without relying on Pinyin. While getting ready to take the HSK level 3, you can use mock papers to increase your reading comprehension. Additionally, you can use some study materials specifically designed to help you read faster.
3. The Writing Portion
In the first section of the writing portion, there is an exercise with the instructions “Put these parts of speech into the correct sentence order,” so ensure that you know where to put that time phrase. If you are uncertain about word order and time phrases, it’s best to study them for five or ten minutes daily until you take the exam; that way, you can gradually allow the word order to become a natural part of your use of Chinese. In the second section of the writing portion, you must write the missing character in the sentence; there are a total of five sentences. The missing character is given in Pinyin.
4. Do more official mock papers
Practice official mock and Previous Year Papers with a timer running. Do as many exercises as you can, check your answers and find out why you made mistakes.
5. Take HSK level 3 Test Prep courses
In addition to practicing mock papers, you may also consider taking an HSK level 3 preparation courses. The new HSK is closely related to textbooks but somehow different from textbooks, especially in listening part, you will hear several sentences which you seem literally understand, but still confused.
Additionally, an exam prep course will aid you when you study for the HSK level 3 exam. You will be able to practice the kind of exercise found in the exam, get honest feedback, and increase your confidence in taking the exam.