In HSK 1, characters are not the most important thing, as Pinyin is still provided.
Part 1: Listening
The first 5 questions require you to listen to a tune twice and then determine whether the picture is right or wrong, in other words whether it has something to do with the text you heard or not.
The second part gives you 3 choices and you need to choose the one fitting best to the text you hear.
Question 11-15 confront you with some pictures (more than on the picture above) and 5 questions and you need to enter the letter where the picture fits best with what you hear.
The last listening questions give you 3 choices again and you need to pick the one fitting best to the text you are listening to.
Part 2: Reading
The first 5 questions ask you determine whether the picture and the vocabulary fit.
Part two, like listening part 3, gives you some pictures (more than on the picture above) and 5 answers, and you need to put in the letter of the picture fitting best to the sentence.
Coming to questions 31 to 35 you face some questions on the left and responses on the right and your task is to connect the fitting ones by filling in the correct letter.
Finally you have some words with capital letters in front of them and you need to put them into the gaps of the sentences as shown in the graphic.
The maximum score for this test is 200 with 120 required to pass. There are 100 points for listening and 100 points for reading.
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 150 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.