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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How to score an 800 on the Chinese SAT II Exam

For those of you who aren't sure what study material to use in order to prepare for the Chinese SAT II exam, here are my words of advice for you. I myself am an American-born Chinese student, and last November, I took the exam. My score? An 800.
And believe me, my Chinese isn't the best. I'm pretty good with listening, but as for reading, it's quite a challenge. The main reason why I believe I did well on the exam was because I purchased and studied the right material. What I bought were two volumes of Chinese SAT II practice tests; each came with a CD for the listening portions. You can buy the books separately or as one bundle (I'd recommend the latter). They were incredibly useful, and they more than prepared me for the exam.

Here is the link to where you can purchase the book(s):


In total, the two volumes contain 10 Chinese SAT II practice exams, and they are very similar to the actual exam. The book designates how much time is allotted for each section. The reading sections presents the text in both traditional and simplified Chinese, so you are able to choose which system you'd prefer. The grammar sections not only have traditional and simplified Chinese, but they also have pinyin and the phonetic alphabet! This is exactly how the actual exam is set up.
What I was especially impressed with was the CDs for the listening sections. After taking a few practice exams, I became comfortable with the conversations and questions. When I took the real exam, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the listening section was almost the same as the ones in those two volumes.
I encourage anyone who is planning on taking the Chinese SAT II exams to buy these two volumes. If you do these ten practice tests, you will undoubtedly be ready to ace the exam. In truth, the actual exam will probably be a lot easier than these practice exams, which is why I'd stated earlier that these books made me more than ready to take the test. I wish you all the best of luck.

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