About “HSK Hacker”

When you live in China, your Chinese level is being tested every single day. When you’re living in an English-speaking country, you have to go out of your way to get tested. Without a test looming on the horizon, it’s hard to keep moving forward.

Believe it or not, I actually enjoy taking the HSK (Chinese proficiency test). The cost of mistakes and misunderstandings is low, especially now that nothing actually rides on my score. But perhaps I like it most of all because it gives me something to aim for.

I took and passed the HSK 6 in 2011, and I continue to take it every couple of years.

My goal? To score a 270.

My resources? The more variety the better:

  • Listening. Chinese audiobooks, here we come!
  • Reading. Novels and news sites and flashcards, oh my!
  • Writing. No harm in the occasional badly-written post in Chinese, right?
  • Media. From cartoons to comedies.
  • Tools. Both language-focused and culture-focused.
  • Chinese Culture. History. Tea. Calling it all “huge” would be an understatement.

Read more on My History page.

I can be reached at elijah@hskhacker.com.