(2023 Updated) HSK 3 Exam Breakdown: What skills do I need to pass?

Mastering essential skills for passing HSK 3 Exam. Discover the key language skills you need to pass the HSK 3 exam.


According to Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education, below are the required skills and abilities for HSK 3 learners.

Verbal communication abilities: Possesses general listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities. Can engage in short communication on basic daily life, study, and work topics and complete routine social interactions.

Topics and tasks: Topics include travel experiences, course situations, literary activities, holiday customs, education, professions, etc. Can complete communicative tasks related to these topics, such as discussing travel arrangements and holiday customs for traditional festivals like the Spring Festival; able to issue relatively formal oral or written invitations and respond to others' invitations.

Quantitative criteria: 608 syllables (140 newly added), 900 characters (300 newly added), 2245 words (973 newly added), 210 grammar points (81 newly added).

HSK 3 Listening

Able to understand dialogues (within 300 characters) primarily involving Level 3 topic tasks, consisting mainly of longer single sentences and simple compound sentences, with dialogues or speeches pronounced with a basic standard, clear voice, and a pace close to normal (not less than 180 characters per minute). Can comprehend and acquire main information with the assistance of changes in tone, intonation, and speech rate.

HSK 3 Speaking

Able to master the syllables indicated for Level 3, with pronunciation generally correct. Can use vocabulary and grammar relevant to this level to accomplish related topic expressions and communicative tasks. Possesses ordinary oral expression ability, capable of using a small number of relatively complex sentence patterns for simple communication or discussion.

HSK 3 Reading

Able to accurately recognize the syllables, characters, and words involved in Level 3 language quantitative indicators. Can read language materials (within 300 characters) related to Level 3 topic tasks and within the grammatical scope of this level. Reading speed should not be less than 120 characters per minute. Able to understand simple compound sentences, read descriptive and explanatory language materials, and comprehend the general idea and detailed information of articles. Can use dictionaries to understand the meanings of new words. Preliminarily possesses scanning and skimming reading skills.

HSK 3 Writing

Able to master 300 characters from the elementary handwritten character chart. Has a relatively proficient understanding of stroke order and writing rules for various punctuation marks. Can accurately copy characters at a speed of no less than 20 characters per minute. Possesses general written expression ability, able to engage in simple written communication, and write emails, notices, and short descriptive essays within a specified time, with a word count of no less than 200 characters. Sentences are generally coherent and express basic clarity.

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以下是《國際中文教育中文水準等級標準》(以下簡稱《標準》)要求HSK 3學習者的語言能力:










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