HSK 1: Format
In HSK 1, characters are not the most important thing, as Pinyin is still provided.
Part 1: Listening
Part 2: Reading
Scoring SystemThe maximum score for this test is 200 with 120 required to pass. There are 100 points for listening and 100 points for reading.
More InformationThe 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.
HSK 1 Vocabulary Guide
This book contains the current list of 150 HSK 1 words last updated in 2012. All words come with Pinyin and except for the first 5 pronouns, all vocabularies also come with at least one example sentence helping you to not only learn the word but also understand the way it's used within sentences.