I took an assessment test on an online Chinese language learning website called ChineseTime. While I’m not sure if I’ll actually use the services offered on this site as they’re not free, I was hoping that the assessment test would give me a general idea of my progress. One of the disadvantages of self study is that I’m not subjected to regular exams or quizzes, so I don’t have convenient benchmarks to compare my progress against. Anyway, I scored 10 out of 12 on the listening section, 3 out of 10 on the grammar section, 2 out of 3 on the reading comprehension section, and 3 out of 6 on the character recognition section. According to this test, I am an “intermediate” level learner.
This test did help to point out a big weakness in my preparation so far. I think it makes sense that I would do well, at least for my level, on the listening and reading because that’s what I’ve mainly been practicing. I haven’t really been actively speaking or writing complex passages, which is probably why my grammar skills are lacking. I’m concerned too that I’m able to understand but not speak well or think of how to write something in a fluent manner. I just need more practice. It was recommended that I spend 6 hours a week studying, which is probably about as much as I can spare for the next month or so (although I think I really need more). I will try to use this time to learn more grammar and practice writing and speaking more. Also, my friend has been sending my e-mails in Chinese on a weekly basis, and I do my best to answer back in Chinese. This helps a lot.