International Certification

The Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK), (Chinese: 汉语水平考试), translated as Chinese Proficiency Test,

for Chinese Standard Exam, is China’s only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency

for non-native speakers such as foreign students, overseas Chinese, and members of ethnic minority

groups in China.

The test is administered by Hanban, a non-government organization affiliated with the Ministry of

Education of the People’s Republic of China.

There are 6 levels of the language – HSK 1 being the Beginner’s Level and HSK6 is the Advanced level.

Level Description

Level Description
HSK 1 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.
HSK 2 Designed for learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion to their daily lives. In HSK 2 all characters are provided along with Pinyin as well.
HSK 3 Designed for learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during their Chinese tour.
HSK 4 Designed for learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard.
HSK 5 Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese.
HSK 6 Designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form.

 

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