HSK Levels Summary I – HSK1 HSK2 – Beginner

About HSK:

The whole name of HSK is Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试), known also as the Chinese Language Proficiency Test. This test is developed by the HSK Test Center at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) for non-Chinese speakers. It can be taken by all age groups and all levels. If your mother tongue is not Chinese, and you want to test your Chinese level, work or study in China, then you need to take it.

 

Hereby the table to give you a clear outline about HSK1&2

Listening

(20Q – 15min)

Part1(5Q) – play 2 times

Determine whether the picture shown on the test paper matches what is played. There are 5 pictures on the test paper, and you will hear a sentence of each picture to judge if the content of the picture is right or wrong based on what you have heard.

Part2 (5Q) – play 2 times

Match what you hear (a sentence to the most relevant picture). Three pictures are given on the test paper and you will hear a sentence to select the one corresponding to what you have heard.

Part3 (5Q) – play 2 times

Match what you hear (a short dialogue to the most relevant picture). Each item is a dialogue. Several pictures are given on the test paper and you should select the one corresponding to what you have heard.

Part4 (5Q) – play 2 times

You will listen to 5 short monologues, for each item, one person will say a sentence and the other person will ask a question based on the sentence and offer 3 options. You should select an answer based on what you have heard. (MCQ).

Reading

(20Q – 15min)

Part1 (5Q)

Determine if the word matches the picture: for each item, a picture and a phrase are given and you should judge if they correspond with each other.

Part2 (5Q)

Match the sentences with the given pictures: several pictures are given on the test paper; one sentence is given for each item and you should select the picture corresponding to the content of the sentence.

Part3 (5Q)

Match the questions with the given answers: 5 questions and 5 answers are given and you should find out the matchup relationship

Part4 (5Q)

Fill in the blanks with the given choices: for each item, one sentence is given with one blank, and you should select the best answer from the options given to make the sentence complete.

Writing

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Speaking

(27Q – 20min)

Part1 (15Q) – 7 seconds each

Repeat each sentence.

Part 2 (10Q) – 10 seconds each

Answer each short question after listening.

Part 3 (2Q) – 90 seconds each

You will be given 2 long questions on the paper, and you have 7 min to prepare.

*Q: question

 

HSK Level2

Listening

(35Q – 25min)

Part1(10Q) – play 2 times

Determine whether the picture shown on the test paper matches what is played: it contains 10 items, each item is a sentence. A picture will be given on the test paper and you should judge if the content of the picture is right or wrong based on what you have heard.

Part2 (10Q) – play 2 times

Match what you hear (a short dialogue to the most relevant picture), several pictures are given on the test paper and you should select the one corresponding with what you have heard.

Part3 (10Q) – play 2 times

Listen to short dialogues, and answer questions. Two people make a dialogue of two sentences, and another person will raise a question based on the dialogue. 3 options will be given on the test paper and you should select the answer based on what you have heard.

Part4 (5Q) – play 2 times

Listen to 5 long dialogues, and answer questions. Two persons make a dialogue of 4 to 5 sentences, and another person will raise a question based on the dialogue. 3 options will be given on the test paper and you should select the answer based on what you have heard.

Reading

(25Q – 20min)

Part1 (5Q)

You’re presented with 5 pictures and 5 sentences, which you should select the picture corresponding to the content of the sentence.

Part2 (5Q)

You’re presented with 5 sentences and 5 blanks, and you have to select the best choice from the options offered to make the sentence(s) complete.

Part3 (5Q)

You’re presented with 5 descriptions and 5 sentences, and you have to determine whether the given sentence is true or false.

Part4 (10Q)

You’re presented with 10 sentences and 10 questions, which you have to match.

Writing

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Speaking

(same as Level1)

Part1 (15Q) – 7 seconds each

Repeat each sentence.

Part 2 (10Q) – 10 seconds each

Answer each short question after listening.

Part 3 (2Q) – 90 seconds each

You will be given 2 long questions on the paper, and you have 7 min to prepare.

*Q: question

 

Please note:

1. The whole written test will last around 40 min, including 5 min to fill out your personal information. The oral test will last around 20 min, there is no writing in HSK1 and HSK2.

2. Write down first your answers on the test paper, then transfer to the answer sheet in the last 5 minutes.

3. Pinyin is given for all the items on the test paper.

4. Three questions needed to know before oral tests:

你好,你叫什么名字?

Nǐhǎo, nǐ jiào shénme míngzi?

Hello, what’s your name?

你是哪国人?

Nǐ shì nǎguó rén?

What’s your nationality?

你的序号是多少?

Nǐ de xùhào shì duōshǎo?

What’s your number?

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