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Hànyu Shuiping Kaoshì (HSK)


Common European Framework of Refrenece (CEF) - A1 certificate


Standard Vocabulary Required

150 Chinese characters



Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies. In HSK 1 all characters are provided along with Pinyin.


Test Pattern

Listening- 20 questions, 15 min

Reading-20 questions, 17 min

Writing- Not tested

Oral-17 min


Who can appear for HSK

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 a week. These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.


Understanding Level After HSK

Test taker who are able to pass the HSK I can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.



More on HSK

Listening, Reading and Writing each have a maximum score of 100. HSK 1 and 2 therefore have a maximum score of 200 with 120 points required to pass. The higher levels have a maximum of 300 points with 180 points required to pass. There is no minimum amount of points required for each of the sections as long as the sum is over 120 or 180 points respectively.


Advantages of HSK


  • All examination candidates will receive examination reports. A HSK result is valid for long period of time; for university entrance a HSK result is valid for two years.
  • Certificate holders are exempt from Chinese language requirement at a corresponding level at Chinese educational institutions.
  • Certificates are a reference standard used by different enterprises, organizations and educational institutions in recruiting people for jobs for which Chinese language skills are necessary.
  • Certificates serve as an exemption of language testing for hiring decisions for positions requiring basic competence in Chinese.
  • Reports act as a reference to evaluate primary and secondary school’s Chinese language programs.


HSK Test Fees

Test fees might differ due to exchange rates of different countries. You need to contact the test center you wish to take the test for test fees.


Result Certification

Test takers will receive the results for the new HSK test issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.