If you are serious, it’s often a good idea to create your own deadline, by applying for a Chinese exam and working towards this. Every month you have the opportunity to follow it. They will examine your writing, reading and listening skills.
Download a Chinese Language Survival Packages, such as this one.
They include a large set of Chinese characters (Chinese vocabulary according to HSK level), example HSK exams, example practicing sentences, pinyin pronunciation, etc.
HSK Official Test Exams you can find them online. Make sure you will download those who are including audio tracks and answers! http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/topic/LAYZZ
Hanban is also providing tests online and a free self-evaluation software for HSK 1–6.
HSK official vocabulary books http://www.amazon.cn/
HSK vocabulary, you may buy some book on synonyms for example
“Offline” FLASHCARDS: Easy to print and start practicing immediately.
HSK flashcards online http://www.hskflashcards.com/ Great for online Flashcards, also for HSK. You can make them by yourself. Or you download the below mentioned Flashcard packs.
AUDIO TRACKS OR PODCASTS
This is for sure the best way to start learning Chinese! It’s doable, and you will find this complicated language is not that complicated as you thought it was.
Pimsleur is a good one! You will see result very fast within the same week
(as long as you practice at least 30 mins a day)
HSK Academy online
HSK vocabulary words in hanzi, pinyin, audio
So many options available to learn the Chinese language nowadays! We recommend experimenting with several kinds of learning materials. Flash cards work well, also practicing audio tracks which you can find online!
Good luck with preparations!