This course significantly diverges from levels 1 – 3 in two areas. First, the level 4 course introduces content with a greater emphasis on authentic texts. This authentic material brings with it a correspondingly greater number of vocabulary items and increased focus on literacy in Chinese characters. In addition, this course also diverges from the previous three years in terms of asynchronous content. For the first time, students are exposed to workbook exercises which are closely modeled on those found on major exams assessing proficiency in Chinese, including AP and SAT II, as well as the mainland China HSK exam assessing proficiency in Chinese as a foreign language.