The results from latest HSK test are here! How is my Chinese doing?

Points: listening/grammar/reading/comprehensive

Yesterday I got the results from my third HSK test. I bet most of you know about HSK, but the rest of you should know that it is official Chinese Proficiency Test. There is two versions of the exam, old and new, and they are quite different from each other. I took the old one because my university doesn’t offer the new exam.

As you can see from above, my new grade is Elementary A! I am actually really happy with the results even though the grammar points are a disappointment. It’s even worse than last time! I should really pay attention to grammar because right now it matches barely level 4.

On the other hand I got nice score from the listening which seems to be on level 6 already! I have been watching more Chinese TV lately (but not on my holiday which I’m spending in Finland right now) and maybe those dating shows really have helped me. But I do remember one questions from the listening part where I understood what they were saying but had no idea what the options A, B, C and D were. All absolutely unfamiliar characters!

But the true winner this time was reading because from it I got 17 points more than last time. Isn’t that a progress? I am just wondering did I learn more characters compared to last November, or did I have a better understanding on how the HSK exam works? Or maybe I’m just a good guesser! The exam is almost completely multiple choice and only in the last part we have to write about 15 characters.

Did anyone of you take HSK last April and what about the results? I would also like to hear your opinions about my progress!