Passing the HSK

Passing the HSK Exam Forum  汉语水平考试




HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is a standardized examination for evaluating the proficiency of an individual’s Chinese language level. It is designed specifically for people whose first language is not Chinese

Information on HSK Levels

Level  Description  Vocabulary


1  Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 1 can understand and use simple words and sentences to fulfill specific communication needs and have a foundation for the further study of Chinese.  150


2  Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 2 can communicate simply and directly on daily topics they are familiar with. Level 2 have reached the advanced stage of beginner level.  300


3  Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 3 can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. If traveling in China, Level 3 can handle most communication tasks they encounter.  600


4  Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are able to communicate with native speakers.  1200


5  Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 5 can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, appreciate Chinese films and television, and are able to write and deliver a full speech.  2500


6  Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese.  5000+