Tips on How to Succeed

Before the exam
  • Listen to Chinese every day of any material.  
  • Check your comprehension of short dialogues, news items, statements and interviews by trying many of the online (free!) and published quizzes that test and help you develop Chinese listening skills.
During the exam
  • Quickly scan the question before listening (if you can).
  • Listen with your eyes closed - when it's read the first time - to avoid distractions and to focus on the overall meaning.
  • Take notes in your test book, if it helps.  Underline key words in the question.  Jot down ideas that you hear.
  • Answer only after the second reading.
  • Relax.  If you don't know the answer to one question, don't panic.  Make an educated guess (you have a least a 25% chance of getting it right!).  The next question may be easier.  
  • Answer every question.  There is no penalty for a wrong answer.