This test is still for beginners with about 90 hours of instruction and a knowledge of over 600 vocabularies. It does, like HSK 1 and 2, contain a listening and reading part, but for the first time also short writing exercises. Overall it takes 90 minutes to finish the test.
Part 1: Listening
Question 1-10 confront you with some pictures (more than on the picture above) and 5 questions (x2) and you need to enter the letter where the picture fits best with what you hear.
In the second part you listen to a short text twice. On the exam paper you find a sentence and based on what you heard you need to determine wether this is right or wrong.
The third part gives you 3 choices and you need to choose the one fitting best to the text you hear.
And the final 10 questions, which are similar to part three, just that the dialog you listen to is a little bit longer.
Part 2: Reading
The first 10 questions of the reading part require you to match the sentences on the top with the sentences on the bottom by filling in the correct letter on the right.
Question 51-60 require you to fill the words given on the top into the gaps of the sentences on the bottom so the resulting sentence is correct.
Finally you are confronted with short phrases, a related question each and 3 answers, and you need to pick the one you think is correct based on what you read.
Part 3: Writing
The first 5 tasks ask you to use the given words and build a correct sentence.
And the last 5 questions confront you with one sentence with a gap each. Above the gap is a word written in Pinyin and your task is to fill in the according character(s).
The maximum score for this test is 300 with 180 required to pass. The three sections listening, reading and writing account for 100 points each.
The sample pictures above as well as the information where taken from chinaeducenter.com
. On this website you can find further information, the outline of the 600 vocabularies as well as a mock test with mp3 needed for the listening (as part of the outline vocabulary download package). Have a look at this, it might be very helpful in the course of preparing for the test.