In 2010, China introduced the new HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), an international standard for the Chinese language proficiency of people whose native language is not Chinese. The initial levels of the tests (basic, junior and senior) has been changed to A1/A2, B1/B2 and C1/C2, a total of six levels, based on the skill system of European languages​​.

The new HSK consists of two separate parts: a written and an oral test. The written exam consists of six levels of HSK HSK level 1 to level 6, while the oral exam is divided into three levels of HSK basic, HSK intermediate to HSK advanced. The examination of the candidates shall be recorded.

The new HSK test is aimed at non-Chinese candidates in their knowledge of Chinese in their daily life, study and work.

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Written exam - knowledge level

HSK level  6 5000+  words EU level - C2
HSK level  5 2500+  words EU level - C1
HSK level  4 1200+  words EU level - B2
HSK level  3 600+  words EU level - B1
HSK level  2 300+  words EU level - A2
HSK level  1 150+  words EU level - A1


Oral exam - knowledge level

HSKK - advanced 5000+ words EU level - C1/C2 HSK - level 5-6
HSKK - intermediate
1200+ words EU level - B1/B2 HSK - level 3-4
HSKK - basic 300+ words EU level - A1/A2 HSK - level 1-2


Dates HSK examinations:

Online HSK tests