HSK 6: Nearly Identical Scores

HSK 6: Nearly Identical Scores

When I took the HSK 6 in 2011 in anticipation of graduation, I wasn’t sure I had passed. But I had, by a fair margin: 226 out of 300, with 180 being a passing grade. When I took the HSK 6 last month, I was pretty sure I hadn’t passed this time. Amazingly,...
I’m an HSK 6 Casualty

I’m an HSK 6 Casualty

From Friday night to Saturday night, I spent 10 hours in a car with a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. And that was the easy part. The HSK 6, held in Raleigh, North Carolina, was much harder than I was expecting. Even though I passed it with flying colors back in 2011,...
An Old Duffer at the HSK

An Old Duffer at the HSK

The HSK (汉语水平考试) is the standardized test for speakers of Chinese as a second language. The “Old Duffer” is, of course, me. You might not think 39 is that decrepit, but in foreign-language-learning years, it’s older than Methuselah. Back when I was...