HSK Test Preparation

The HSK test (Han yu Shui ping Kao shi, 汉语水平考), aims to certify in all of China the Chinese level for non-native speakers or those that weren’t born in China. The test is administered by the Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and can be useful to add to the curriculum vitae or to access university. If you want to work or study in China, the HSK test will, without a doubt, open many doors.

Enroll in the HSK course

Why sign
up for a
course?

In a specialized course we need to study some particular characteristics that relate to a Chinese level a bit more specialized that will take to the next level our language learning.

We’ll expand our vocabulary and improve the grammar as well as our skills to meet the requirements of the standardized levels. To accomplish all this, we need a specialized course, but as a reward we obtain an official title that we can use in the whole country.

As we already have the level necessary, we must polish our skills to express ourselves in the most appropriate way and obtain a good grade. Even if this might seem pointless at the start, it will help us take our Chinese to the next level.

How many
words should
I know?

HSK vocabulary

LevelWords Characters
HSK1150174
HSK2300347
HSK3600617
HSK412001064
HSK525001685
HSK650002663

In this table you’ll see the vocabulary required for each level.

Exam
structure

In the levels 1-4 the exam is divided into three parts: vocabulary, listening and reading. If we want to pass the exam of these levels, we need to obtain at least 120 points out of 200. For levels 5 and 6, the writing part gains more importance. That’s why you have to have at least 180 points of 300 to pass both levels.

 

HSK1

SectionsTimePoints
Total (40 questions)Around 35 min (+5 minutes to introduce personal information)200
Listening
(20 questions)
18 min100
Reading
(20 questions)
17 min100

 

HSK2

SectionsTimePoints
Total (40 questions)Around 50 min (+5 minutes to introduce personal information)200
Listening
(35 questions)
28 min100
Reading
(25 questions)
22 min100

 

HSK3

SectionsTimePoints
Total (80 questions)Around 85 minutes (+5 minutes to introduce personal information)300
Listening (4 parts, 40 questions in total)35 min100
Reading (3 parts, 30 questions in total)30 min100
Writing (2 parts, 10 questions in total)15 min100

 

HSK4

SectionsTimePoints
Total (100 questions)Around 100 minutes (+5 minutes to introduce personal information)300
Listening (3 parts, 45 questions in total)35 min100
Reading (3 parts, 40 questions in total)40 min100
Writing (2 parts, 15 questions in total)25 min100

 

HSK5

SectionsTimePoints
Total (100 questions)Around 120 minutes (+5 minutes to introduce personal information)300
Listening (2 parts, 45 questions in total)35 min100
Reading (3 parts, 45 questions)45 min100
Writing (2 parts, 10 questions)40 min100

 

HSK6

SectionsTimePoints
Total (101 questions)Around 135 minutes (+5 minutes to introduce personal information)300
Listening (3 parts, 50 questions)40 min100
Reading (4 parts, 50 questions)50 min100
Writing (in prose)45 min100

Register
for the HSK
exam

If you want more information about dates and prices, this link takes you to the official webpage of HANBAN in Madrid. Either way, don’t be afraid, because it’s generally held once a month.