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HSK - Hanyu Suiping Kaoshi, Chinese Proficiency Examination
   

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HSK - Hanyu Suiping Kaoshi, Chinese Proficiency Examination


There are 11 score levels in HSK:

a.  Levels 1 to 2 signify Basic language skills;
b.  Levels 3 to 5 signify Elementary language skills;
c.  Levels 6 to 8 signify Intermediate language skills;
d. Levels 9 to 11 signify Advanced language skills.

Level 1

“The candidate has acquired the basic (low) Chinese competence. The candidate is able to understand simple sentences and express simple ideas and capable of simple communication in his or her daily life and study. A Chinese learner who has mastered about 600 common Chinese characters and the corresponding grammar can reach this standard, which is also the criterion for HSK (Basic) Certificate Grade C.”

Level 2

“The candidate has acquired the basic (middle) Chinese competence that can meet the demand of basic daily life, a certain range of social communication and study to some degree. This is the criterion for HSK (Basic) Certificate Grade B.”

HSK Level 3

“The candidate has acquired the basic (higher) Chinese competence and can fulfill the minimal requirements in Chinese proficiency to be admitted to study in Science, Engineering, Agriculture, and West Medicine in Chinese universities for a Bachelor’s Degree. This is also the criterion to grant HSK (Basic) Certificate Grade A, which is equivalent to HSK (Elementary) Certificate Grade C.”

Level 4

“The candidate has the elementary (middle) competence in Chinese and can gain the HSK Elementary Certificate Grade B.”

Level 5

“The candidate has the elementary (high) competence in Chinese and can be granted the HSK Elementary Certificate Grade A.”

Level 6

“The candidate has acquired the intermediate (low) competence in Chinese and can get the HSK Intermediate Certificate Grade C.”

Level 7

“The candidate has the intermediate (high) Chinese language competence and is eligible for the HSK Intermediate Certificate Grade B.”

Level 8

“The candidate has acquired the intermediate (high) Chinese language competence and can be awarded the HSK Intermediate Certificate Grade A.”

Level 9

“The candidate has the advanced (low) Chinese language competence, which can be acquired after 3000 hours or more of regular modern Chinese language training (or other Chinese training experience equivalent to this). And this is the minimal standard to be qualified for the jobs requiring using Chinese for communication and the standard by which the HSK (Advanced) Certificate Grade C is awarded.”

Level 10

“The candidate has acquired the advanced (middle) Chinese language competence. This is the moderate standard to be qualified for the jobs requiring using Chinese as the communication language and the standard by which the HSK (Advanced) Certificate Grade B is obtained.”

Level 11

“The candidate has possessed the advanced (high) Chinese language competence. This is the higher standard to be qualified for the jobs requiring using Chinese for communication and to be viewed as being qualified for a translator at the intermediate level. And it is the standard as well by which the HSK (Advanced) Certificate Grade A is conferred.”

 
 
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