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Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is an international Chinese language proficiency standardized test for testing the Chinese language proficiency of non-native Chinese speakers (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and Chinese minorities)

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HSK is designed and developed by Chinese Language Proficiency Test Center of Beijing Language and Culture University, including basic Chinese Proficiency Test (abbreviated as HSK (basic)), elementary and intermediate Chinese Proficiency Test (abbreviated as HSK (elementary and intermediate)) and advanced Chinese Proficiency Test (abbreviated as HSK (advanced)). HSK is regularly held in China and overseas every year. Anyone whose scores reach the specified standards can be awarded the Chinese Proficiency Certificate of the corresponding level. The Ministry of Education of China has set up the National Chinese Proficiency Test Committee, which is charge of the HSK and is responsible to issue Chinese Proficiency Certificate. As of 2017, there are 860 Chinese Proficiency Test sites worldwide, including 530 overseas sites covering 112 countries and 330 Chinese sites covering 71 cities.

Level Introduction:

HSK level 1:

HSK (Level 1) assesses the daily Chinese language application ability of candidates, which is corresponding to International Chinese Proficiency Standard Level 1 and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) Level A1. Candidates passing HSK (level 1) could understand and use some very simple Chinese words and sentences, meet specific communication needs and have the ability to further learn Chinese language.

  1. Objects of Test: HSK (level 1) is mainly targeted at candidates who have learned Chinese language for one semester (half an academic year) at the schedule of 2-3 class hours per week mastering 150 most commonly used words and relevant grammar knowledge.

  2. Contents of Test: there are 40 questions in HSK (level 1), which are divided into two parts of listening and reading.

  3. Score Reporting: the score reporting of HSK (level 1) provides three scores for listening, reading and total score respectively. The total score of 120 is passed.

HSK level 2:

HSK (level 2) assesses the daily Chinese language application ability of candidates, which is corresponding to International Chinese Proficiency Standard Level 2 and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) Level A2. Candidates passing HSK (level 2) can communicate with each other in simple and direct ways on familiar daily topics in Chinese, and reach the excellent level of elementary Chinese language.

  1. Object of Test: HSK (level 2) is mainly targeted at candidates who have learned Chinese language for two semesters (one academic year) at the schedule of 2-3 class hours per week mastering 300 most commonly used words and relevant grammar knowledge.

  2. Contents of Test: there are 60 questions in HSK (level 2), which are divided into two parts of listening and reading.

  3. Score Reporting: the score reporting of HSK (level 2) provides three scores for listening, reading and total score respectively. The total score of 120 is passed.

HSK level 3:

HSK (level 3) assesses the daily Chinese language application ability of candidates, which is corresponding to International Chinese Proficiency Standard Level 3 and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) Level B1. Candidates passing HSK (level 3) can complete basic communications regarding life, study and work, and can reply most communicative tasks encountered during traveling in China.

  1. Object of Test: HSK (level 3) is mainly targeted at candidates who have learned Chinese language for three semesters (one and a half academic years) at the schedule of 2-3 class hours per week mastering 600 most commonly used words and relevant grammar knowledge.

  2. Contents of Test: there are 80 questions in HSK (level 3), which are divided into three parts of listening, reading and writing.

  3. Score Reporting: the score reporting of HSK (level 3) provides four scores for listening, reading, writing and total score respectively. The total score of 180 is passed.

HSK level 4:

HSK (level 4) assesses the Chinese language application ability of candidates, which is corresponding to International Chinese Proficiency Standard Level 4 and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) Level B2. Candidates passing HSK (level 4) can talk about a wide range of topics in Chinese and communicate with native Chinese speakers relatively fluently.

  1. Object of Test: HSK (level 4) is mainly targeted at candidates who have learned Chinese language for four semesters (two academic years) at the schedule of 2-4 class hours per week mastering 1200 most commonly used words.

  2. Contents of Test: there are 100 questions in HSK (level 4), which are divided into three parts of listening, reading and writing.

  3. Score Reporting: the score reporting of HSK (level 4) provides four scores for listening, reading, writing and total score respectively. The total score of 180 is passed.

HSK level 5:

HSK (level 5) assesses the Chinese language application ability of candidates, which is corresponding to International Chinese Proficiency Standard Level 5 and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) Level C1. Candidates passing HSK (level 5) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese TV programs, and give a complete speech in Chinese.

  1. Object of Test: HSK (level 5) is mainly targeted at candidates who have learned Chinese language for more than two years at the schedule of 2-4 class hours per week mastering 2500 most commonly used words.

  2. Contents of Test: there are 100 questions in HSK (level 5), which are divided into three parts of listening, reading and writing.

  3. Score Reporting: the score reporting of HSK (level 5) provides four scores for listening, reading, writing and total score respectively. The total score of 180 is passed.

HSK level 6:

HSK (level 6) assesses the Chinese language application ability of candidates, which is corresponding to International Chinese Proficiency Standard Level 5 and Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) Level C2. Candidates passing HSK (level 6) can easily understand the Chinese information they have listened or read and express their own opinions in Chinese orally or in writing.

  1. Object of Test: HSK (level 6) is mainly targeted at candidates mastering 5000 and more most commonly used words.

  2. Contents of Test: there are 101 questions in HSK (level 6), which are divided into three parts of listening, reading and writing. The whole test is about 140 minutes (including 5 minutes for candidates to fill personal information).

  3. Score Reporting: the score reporting of HSK (level 6) provides four scores for listening, reading, writing and total score respectively. The total score of 180 is passed.