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HSK Level I

HSK (Level I) assesses test takers' abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level I of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

I. Test Target

The HSK (Level I) is intended for students who have studied Chinese for a semester (half an academic year), with two to three class hours in each week. These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.

II. Test Content

HSK (Level I) test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 40 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 5 About 15
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Filling out the answer sheet
(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on the answer sheet)
3
II. Reading Part I 5 17
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Total / 40 About 35

The test will last for 40 minutes in total (including five minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

  1. Listening Comprehension
    • There are five items in Part I. The recording of each item will be played twice. A phrase and picture will be provided with each item. The test takers should make a true-or-false judgement based on what they hear.
    • There are five items in Part II. The recording of each item will be played twice. A sentence and three pictures will be provided with each item. The test takers should choose corresponding pictures based on what they hear.
    • There are five items in Part III. The recording of each item will be played twice. A dialogue and several pictures will be provided with each item. The test takers should choose corresponding pictures based on what they hear.
    • There are five items in Part IV. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a person will make a statement. Another person will then ask a question and provide three possible answers. The three possible answers will be listed on the test paper, and test takers can choose one of the answers based on what they hear.
  2. Reading Comprehension
    • There are five items in Part I. Each item will provide a picture and a phrase. The test taker should judge whether or not they are consistent with each other.
    • There are five items in Part II. The test paper will display several pictures. For each item, a sentence will be provided. The test taker needs to choose one of the corresponding pictures based on the content of the sentence.
    • There are five items in Part III. During this section, five questions and five answers will be provided. The test taker should match the question with the appropriate answer.
    • There are five items in Part IV. Each item will display a sentence with one word missing. The test taker should select one of the words in the answer to fill in the blank.

All items on the test paper are shown in pinyin.

III. Results Certificate

For the HSK (Level I), three results will be provided including listening, reading, and total. The test taker must score at least 120 points total to be considered passing.

Max Score Your Score
Listening 100
Reading 100
Total 200

As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students' entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).


The information listed above was provided by Hanban's website.

If you would like further information on the HSK please email us at confucius@uidaho.edu or call our office at 208-885-7110.

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