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Introduction of HSK

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 domestic and foreign 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 recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

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). There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSKK (beginner level), HSKK (intermediate level), and HSKK (advanced level). During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) Internet-Based Test is launched by Confucius Institute Headquarters(Hanban),and is a new form of test, technologically one step up from the original Paper-and-Pencil Test. The test is distributed to test takers and answers are submitted electronically. The HSK Internet-Based Test allows test takers to have one more choice out of other test formats. It helps improve test takers’ Chinese proficiency, as well as promote Chinese language in the information era and its application on Internet.

The HSK Internet-Based Test’s Advantages

• Extended registration period

• The preparation time for the test is shortened. Because there is no printing and mailing involved, the registration deadline is pushed forward to ten days prior to the test, offering the best convenience for test takers during the registration process.

• Better audio quality by the earset

• The earset is provided to test takers to perform their listening test, avoiding distraction from background noise and ensuring audio quality.

• Key in answers

• Due to the fact that test takers key in Chinese in their daily practice, the HSK Internet-Based test conveniently assesses test takers’ typing skills.


 

Test Structure

HSK (Level III)

HSK (Level III) assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level III of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (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.

I. Test Target

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.

II. Test Content

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

Approximately 35

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

10

Filling out the answer sheet(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet)

5

II. Reading

Part I

10

30

30

Part II

10

Part III

10

III. Writing

Part I

5

10

15

Part II

5

Total

/

80

Approximately 85

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

1) Listening Comprehension

There are 10 items in Part I. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a dialogue and several pictures will be provided. The test takers should select corresponding pictures based on what they hear.

There are 10 items in Part II. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a short passage will be read out, followed by an assertion, which also appears on the paper. The test taker should decide whether the assertion made is true or false.

There are 10 items in Part III. The recording of each item will be played twice. Each item consists of a dialogue between two persons. A third person will then ask a question about the dialogue. There will be three possible answers on the test paper, from which the test takers can select the best answer based on what they hear.

There are 10 items in Part IV. The recording of each item will be played twice. Each item consists of a 4-5 sentence dialogue between two persons. A third person will then ask a question based on the dialogue. There will be three possible answers on the test paper, from which the test takers can choose best answer based on what they hear.

2) Reading Comprehension

There are 10 items in Part I. In this section, 20 sentences will be provided and the test taker will be asked to correlate them.

There are 10 items in Part II. For each item, one or two sentences will be provided, in which one word/phrase is missing. The test taker should choose one of the suggested words/phrases to fill in the blank.

There are 10 items in Part III. This part consists of 10 short passages, each followed by a question. The test taker should choose the best answer from the 3 choices provided.

3) Writing

There are 5 items in Part I. Each item lists several words. The test taker should construct a sentence using the words provided.

There are 5 items in Part II. Each item provides a sentence with several blanks. The test taker should fill in the blanks with the appropriate characters.

III. Results Certificate

For the HSK (Level III), four results will be provided including listening, reading, writing and the total. The test taker must score at least 180 points to be considered passing.

Section

Max Score

Your Score

Listening

100

*

Reading

100

*

Writing

100

*

Total

300

*

As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students’ entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).


HSK (Level IV)

HSK (Level IV) assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level IV of theChinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languagesand the B2 Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

I. Test Target

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.

II. Test Content

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

Approximately 30

Part II

15

Part III

20

Filling out the answer sheet(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet)

5

II. Reading

Part I

10

40

40

Part II

10

Part III

20

III. Writing

Part I

10

15

25

Part II

5

Total

/

100

Approximately 100

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

1) Listening Comprehension

There are 10 items in Part I. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a dialogue and several pictures will be provided. The test takers should select corresponding pictures based on what they hear.

There are 10 items in Part II. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a short passage will be read out, followed by an assertion, which also appears on the paper. The test taker should decide whether the assertion made is true or false.

There are 10 items in Part III. The recording of each item will be played twice. Each item consists of a dialogue between two persons. A third person will then ask a question about the dialogue. There will be three possible answers on the test paper, from which the test takers can select the best answer based on what they hear.

There are 10 items in Part IV. The recording of each item will be played twice. Each item consists of a 4-5 sentence dialogue between two persons. A third person will then ask a question based on the dialogue. There will be three possible answers on the test paper, from which the test takers can choose best answer based on what they hear.

2) Reading Comprehension

There are 10 items in Part I. In this section, 20 sentences will be provided and the test taker will be asked to correlate them.

There are 10 items in Part II. For each item, one or two sentences will be provided, in which one word/phrase is missing. The test taker should choose one of the suggested words/phrases to fill in the blank.

There are 10 items in Part III. This part consists of 10 short passages, each followed by a question. The test taker should choose the best answer from the 3 choices provided.

3) Writing

There are 10 items in Part I. Each item consists of several words. The test taker should construct a sentence using these words.

There are 5 items in Part II. Each item consists of a picture and a word. The test taker needs to write a sentence based on the picture and the word.

III. Results Certificate

For the HSK (Level IV), four results will be provided including listening, reading, writing and the total. The test taker must score at least 180 points to be considered passing.

Section

Full Score

Your Score

Listening

100

*

Reading

100

*

Writing

100

*

Total

300

*

As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students’ entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).


HSK (Level V)

HSK (Level V) assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level V of theChinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languagesand the C1 Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

I. Test Target

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.

II. Test Content

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

Approximately 30

Part II

25

Filling out the answer sheet(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet)

5

II. Reading

Part I

15

45

45

Part II

10

Part III

20

III. Writing

Part I

8

10

40

Part II

2

Total

/

100

Approximately 120

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

1) Listening Comprehension

There are 20 items in Part I. The recording of each item will be played only once. Each item consists of a dialogue between two persons, with a third person then asking a question about the dialogue. There will be four possible answers provided on the test paper. Test takers must choose the best answer based on what they hear.

There are 25 items in Part II. The recording of each item will be played only once. This section consists of a 4-5 sentence dialogue or monologue followed by one or more questions. Four possible answers will be provided on the test paper. The test take must choose the best answer out of the four.

2) Reading Comprehension

There are 15 items in Part I. This section consists of various passages, each with several blanks, which should be filled with a word or sentence. The test taker needs to choose the best answer out of four possible answers.

There are 10 items in Part II. Each item consists of a passage and four possible answers. The test taker needs to choose which of the four answers is most consistent with the passage.

There are 20 items in Part III. This section consists of several passages followed by some questions. The test taker should choose the best answer out of the 4 answers provided.

3) Writing

There are 8 items in Part I. Each item consists of several words from which the test taker should construct a sentence.

There are 2 items in Part II. The first item consists of several words and requires the test taker to write an article about 80 characters long using the words provided. The second item consists of a picture and requires the test taker to write an article about 80 characters long based on the picture.

III. Results Certificate

For the HSK (Level V), four results will be provided including listening, reading, writing and the total.

Section

Max Score

Your Score

Listening

100

*

Reading

100

*

Writing

100

*

Total

300

*

As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students’ entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).


HSK (Level VI)

HSK (Level VI) assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level V of theChinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languagesand the C2 Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

I. Test Target

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

II. Test Content

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

Part II

15

Part III

20

Filling out the answer sheet(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet)

5

II. Reading

Part I

10

50

50

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

20

III. Writing

Prose Writing

1

45

Total

/

101

About 135

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

1) Listening Comprehension

There are 15 items in Part I. The recording of each item will be played only once. For each item, a short passage will be read and 4 possible answers will be provided on the test paper. The test taker needs to choose the answer that is most consistent with the passage.

There are 15 items in Part II. The recording of each item will be played only once. A recording of three interviews will be played followed by 5 questions. For each question, 4 possible answers will be provided, from which the test takers can choose the best answer based on what they hear in the passage.

There are 20 items in Part III. The recording of each item will be played only once. Several passages will be read, each of them followed by some questions. For each question, 4 possible answers will be provided, from which the test takers can choose the best answer based on what they hear in the passage.

2) Reading Comprehension

There are 10 items in Part I. Each item consists of 4 sentences. The test taker needs to choose the sentence that is grammatically incorrect.

There are 10 items in Part II. Each item consists of a short passage with 3-5 blanks. The test taker needs to choose the best answer from 4 possible answers based on the context.

There are 10 items in Part III. There are two passages, each with 5 blanks. The test taker needs to choose the best answer out of 5 sentences based on the context.

There are 20 items in Part IV. This section consists of several passages followed by some questions. The test taker should choose the right answer from 4 possible answers.

3) Writing

The test taker will be required to read a narrative article of about 1,000 characters within 10 minutes, and then rewrite it into a shorter article of about 400 characters within 35 minutes. The test taker should also create a title for the article. The test taker should recount the article and is not required to express personal opinions.

III. Results Certificate

For the HSK (Level VI), four results will be provided including listening, reading, writing and the total.

Section

Max Score

Your Score

Listening

100

*

Reading

100

*

Writing

100

*

Total

300

*

As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students’ entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).