HSK Chinese Language Test


Test Structure

The 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. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

Test Levels

The levels of the new HSK correspond to the levels of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF).

Test takers who are able to pass each level of the HSK will acquire the following skills:

  • Level I - can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication, and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
  • Level II - has an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks, requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Level III - can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.
  • Level IV - can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
  • Level V - can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
  • Level VI - can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese, and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.