Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

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Introduction

The new HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by the experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration the recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

Test Content

The new HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers' abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

HSK (Level I) test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 40 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 5 20 About 15 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 1 min
II. Reading Part I 5 20 17 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Total / 40 About 35 min

The test will last for 40 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The HSK (Level II) test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 60 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 10 35 About 25 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 5
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 3 min
II. Reading Part I 5 25 22 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 10
Total / 60 About 50 min

The test will last for a total of 55 minutes (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The HSK (Level III) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 80 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 10 40 About 35 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 10
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 5 min
II. Reading Part I 10 30 30 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
III. Writing Part I 5 10 15 min
Part II 5
Total / 80 About 85 min

The test will last for 90 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The HSK (Level IV) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing and contains a total of 100 test items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 10 45 About 30 min
Part II 15
Part III 20
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 5 min
II. Reading Part I 10 40 40 min
Part II 10
Part III 20
III. Writing Part I 10 15 25 min
Part II 5
Total / 100 100 min

The test will last for 105 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The HSK (Level V) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 100 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 20 45 About 30 min
Part II 25
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 5 min
II. Reading Part I 15 45 45 min
Part II 10
Part III 20
III. Writing Part I 8 10 40 min
Part II 2
Total / 100 120 min

The test will last for 125 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The HSK (Level VI) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 101 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 15 50 About 35 min
Part II 15
Part III 20
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 5 min
II. Reading Part I 10 50 50 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 20
III. Writing Prose Writing 1 45 min
Total / 101 135 min

The test will last for 140 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is comprised of three parts, containing 27 items in total.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 15 4 min
Part II Listen and Reply 10 3 min
Part III Answer Questions 2 3 min
Total 27 10 min

The duration of the test is 17 minutes (including 7 minutes for preparation).

The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is comprised of three parts, containing 14 items in total.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 10 3 min
Part II Picture Description 2 4 min
Part III Answer Questions 2 4 min
Total 14 11 min

The duration of the test is 21 minutes (including 10 minutes for preparation).

The HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) is comprised of three parts, containing 6 items in total.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 3 7 min
Part II Read Aloud 1 2 min
Part III Answer Questions 2 5 min
Total 6 14 min

The duration of the test is 24 minutes (including 10 minutes for preparation).

Test Target

The HSK (Level I) is intended for students who have studied Chinese for a semester (half an academic year), with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.

The HSK (Level II) is intended for students who have studied Chinese for two semesters (an academic year), with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 300 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

The HSK (Level III) is intended for students who have studied Chinese for three semesters (one and a half academic years), with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

The HSK (Level IV) is intended for students who have studied Chinese2-4 class hours per week for four semesters (two academic years). These students have mastered 1,200 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

The HSK (Level V) is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-4 class hours per week for more than two academic years. These students have mastered 2,500 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

HSK (Level VI) is intended for students who have mastered 5,000 or more commonly used words.

The HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is intended for the students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for 1-2 semesters. These students have mastered about 200 commonly used words.

The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-3 hours per week for 1-2 academic years. These students have mastered about 900 commonly used words.

The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-3 hours per week for 1-2 academic years. These students have mastered about 900 commonly used words.

The HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) is intended for the students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for more than 2 academic years. These students have mastered about 3,000 common words

For HSK test takers of level 4 through 6 and all HSK oral test takers, please send one electronic photo showing your front and full face to ciutd@utdallas.edu with your registration form.