HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level)

HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) Introduction

The HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) assesses the test takers' ability to express themselves in oral Chinese (Mandarin). It is the counterpart of the Level I and Level II of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and meet specific needs for communication.

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HSK Speaking Test Outline

Test Target

The HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is intended for the students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for 1-2 semesters. These students have mastered about 200 commonly used words.

Test Content

The HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is comprised of three parts, containing 27 items in total.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 15 4
Part II Listen and Reply 10 3
Part III Answer the Questions 2 3
Total 27 10

The duration of the test is 17 minutes (including 7 minutes for preparation).

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There are 15 items in Part I. For each item, a sentence recording will be played. The test taker should repeat the sentence.

There are 10 items in Part II. In each item, the recording of a question will be played. The test taker should provide a brief answer.

There are 2 items in Part III. There will be two questions on the test paper (in pinyin). The test taker should answer these questions using a minimum of 5 sentences per answer.

Results Certificate

The maximum score of the HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is 100. A score of 60 or above is considered a passing result.

Max Score Passing Score Your Score
100 60

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).

Learn more about the HSK Test, please visit Study HSK

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