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Chinese Proficiency Exam... My Thoughts Going In and Out

As I'm typing this, I'm waiting in line to start my Chinese Proficiency Exam. It's offered by my school and it will give me two language credits if I pass. Chinese is the first foreign language I became fluent in, so I was busy reviewing writing last night. As I am waiting, I am feeling somewhat tense, since there are a lot of people here. I have confidence in myself, however, and I know I will do well on my exam. Plus most of my Chinese friends said I write Chinese better than them, so...

Thank you Duolingo community for your kind words of support regarding this exam and other aspects of my language learning journey.

After I'm out of the test (which will last 2 hours), I will leave my closing thoughts here.

Edit: As of 4:22 PM EST I am still waiting in line to take my test. The line is HUGE and is starting to span the entire high school perimeter.

Edit 2: I finished my exam. Here are my thoughts.

I managed to start the exam at 4:45. The line was that insane. I quite liked the testing area though. It was in the cafeteria, which had various painted flags including the Catalan Republic flag, which pleased me very much. (The North Korean flag was missing. I wonder why...)

Anyways, as for the actual test, it was amazing. The two questions were iirc:

  1. Every person has a favorite activity or hobby. What is your favorite activity? Please also explain this activity to someone who does not understand it very well.

  2. What have you studied recently? Please also explain how what you studied can help you in the future.

The questions were all in Chinese, and since I spent most of my time writing responses to those questions, I don't remember them very well now that the test is over.

For the first question, I wrote about swimming and how useful it is in life, and why everyone should learn how to swim.

For the second question, I wrote a ton about languages and linguistics and my passion for them. This is the question I had the most fun answering. It's also why I feel so happy after taking the test. I had a ton of fun mentioning Duolingo and what it offers, as well as other sites that I use to learn languages.

Quite honestly, I feel these test questions were personally addressed to me. I had a ton of fun talking about my burning passion for languages. Something about writing about my passions in Chinese really made me happy. I honestly haven't felt this happy in a long time. ❤️

Now that I've seen how amazing this proficiency exam is, I'm considering what I could do for the future. Could I do more languages? Could I sign up for more than one language at a time? Could I do five? TEN??? These are all questions to the future that I can't wait to have the answers to.

Thank you all for your kind words of support! Have a nice night!

November 8, 2017



Go get 'em champ!


GOOD LUCK! Go for it! Hope you do well! Tell us what grade you get! Wishing you luck!

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    You can do it!

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    Jackpot! Can I have some sevens too?


    Best of luck! You're gonna do awesome on the exam, trust me!


    Wow, good luck! I never had the confidence to take a proficiency test (although, I will have to next year). You are incredibly intelligent and I know you'll do fine! The Duolingo community will be cheering you on! ^ ^

    I will definitely follow this discussion to hear about the aftermath. ;)


    Wish you all the luck, and I'm sure you'll do great!


    Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great! If you're already fluent in Chinese then I'm sure it'll be a breeze. :)

    And hey, if the line's that long, it's never too late to squeeze in some last minute revision... ;)

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      Good to see it went so well! (◕‿◕)


      Hope it's going well!

      On a completely different note, where do you live that you have students taking Chinese classes? Where I went to high school German wasn't even offered, much less Asian languages.


      My high school offered Mandarin as well as German and I live in America (I'm not sure if you wanted to know the state with the country). I can't say the same for the original poster, though.


      Based on your 2nd edit, it seems things went by smoothly. I'm glad to hear that!

      I thought the questions would be more complex, but I guess they did require much elaboration, especially with the question about hobbies.

      I'm happy that you thoroughly enjoyed taking the exam. Perhaps you were so happy about answering those questions about your studies because for once, no one would be there to criticize you about it.

      Are you even allowed to take multiple languages at once, even if you completed certain academic requirements? At my high school, it was forbidden, even if your credits allowed it. If you can, take that chance!

      Well, nice to know the exam was amazing. Good night!


      Yaaaay! Thank you for keeping us in the loop! :D


      加油!鼓励你拿到好成绩 :)


      Good luck!! I'm so glad that so many people are enthusiasitc in learning Chinese! ;)


      OGM: Hey yes thanks for the update and also some personal insight on the type of questions asked.


      Sounds like it went great! Congratulations! You deserve some pizza after that:

      Amazing! Good luck with your language learning! :)


      Wow, looks like you did great! Sounds like a fun test! Thanks for the update! Wish you well learning more languges!


      How did it go? Hopefully you passed with 100%! (No pressure:)) I did a Chinese proficiency test of my own, but I don't think it was even HSK1 standard:p I don't think I would be able to write an essay in Chinese yet.

      (Also: I know this might be a little of topic, but you had a discussion with a link to a google drive with loads of grammar books. I can't seem to find it anymore. Is the link


      The repository thread was removed by a moderator because pirated material was found in the Google Drive folder.


      Good Luck!


      I hope you have studied your Chinese well!


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