HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level)

HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) Introduction

The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) assesses the test takers' ability to express themselves in oral Chinese (Mandarin). It is the counterpart of the Level III and Level IV of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) can understand intermediate Chinese and converse fluently with native Chinese speakers.

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HSK Speaking Test Outline

Test Target

The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-3 hours per week for 1-2 academic years. These students have mastered about 900 commonly used words.

Test Content

The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is comprised of three parts, containing 14 items in total.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 10 3
Part II Picture Description 2 4
Part III Answer the Questions 2 4
Total 14 11

The duration of the test is 21 minutes (including 10 minutes for preparation).

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There are 10 items in Part I. For each item, a sentence recording will be played. The test taker should repeat the sentence.

There are 2 items in Part II. Each item consists of an image. The test taker should say something based on the picture.

There are 2 items in Part III. The test taker should answer the two questions (in pinyin).

Results Certificate

The maximum score of the HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate 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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