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HSK Level III

HSK (Level III) assesses test takers' abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level III of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B1 Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communications in Chinese when traveling in China.

I. Test Target

The HSK (Level III) is intended for students who have studied Chinese for three semesters (one and a half academic years), with two to three class hours in each week. These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

II. Test Content

The HSK (Level III) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 80 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 10 Approximately 35
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 10
Filling out the answer sheet
(Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet)
5
II. Reading Part I 10 30
Part II 10
Part III 10
III. Writing Part I 5 15
Part II 5
Total / 80 Approximately 85

The test will last for 90 minutes in total (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

  1. Listening Comprehension
    • There are ten items in Part I. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a dialogue and several pictures will be provided. The test takers should select corresponding pictures based on what they hear.
    • There are ten items in Part II. The recording of each item will be played twice. For each item, a short passage will be read out, followed by an assertion, which also appears on the paper. The test taker should decide whether the assertion made is true or false.
    • There are ten items in Part III. The recording of each item will be played twice. Each item consists of a dialogue between two persons. A third person will then ask a question about the dialogue. There will be three possible answers on the test paper, from which the test takers can select the best answer based on what they hear.
    • There are ten items in Part IV. The recording of each item will be played twice. Each item consists of a four to five sentence dialogue between two people. A third person will then ask a question based on the dialogue. There will be three possible answers on the test paper, from which the test takers can choose the best answer based on what they hear.
  2. Reading Comprehension
    • There are ten items in Part I. In this section, 20 sentences will be provided and the test taker will be asked to correlate them.
    • There are ten items in Part II. For each item, one or two sentences will be provided, in which one word/phrase is missing. The test taker should choose one of the suggested words/phrases to fill in the blank.
    • There are ten items in Part III. This part consists of ten short passages, each followed by a question. The test taker should choose the best answer from the three choices provided.
  3. Writing
    • There are five items in Part I. Each item lists several words. The test taker should construct a sentence using the words provided.
    • There are five items in Part II. Each item provides a sentence with several blanks. The test taker should fill in the blanks with the appropriate characters.

III. Results Certificate

For the HSK (Level III), four results will be provided including listening, reading, writing and the total. The test taker must score at least 180 points to be considered.

Max Score Your Score
Listening 100
Reading 100
Writing 100
Total 300

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: http://www.chinesetest.cn/

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

Confucius Institute

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