(2023 Updated) HSK 4 Exam Breakdown: Skills required to pass the HSK exam.

Mastering essential skills for passing HSK 4 Exam. Discover the key language skills you need to pass the HSK 4 exam.

According to Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education, below are the required skills and abilities for HSK 4 learners.


・Verbal communication abilities: Possesses certain listening, speaking, reading, writing abilities, and preliminary translation skills. Can engage in basic, complete, coherent, and effective social communication on relatively complex topics in daily life, study, work, etc.

・Topics and tasks: Topics include community life, health conditions, campus life, daily office tasks, animals, plants, etc. Can complete communicative tasks related to these topics, such as explaining a simple medical condition and communicating with a doctor during a medical visit; able to write simple part-time job advertisements and respond to inquiries from others.

・Quantitative criteria: 724 syllables (116 newly added), 1200 characters (300 newly added), 3245 words (1000 newly added), 286 grammar points (76 newly added).

HSK 4 Listening Skill

Able to understand informal dialogues or speeches (within 400 characters) primarily involving Level 4 topic tasks, with dialogues or speeches pronounced naturally, with slight regional accents, and at a normal pace (180-200 characters per minute). Can avoid unnecessary repetition, pauses, and other factors, accurately extracting main information. Able to grasp implied meanings and cultural elements mentioned in dialogues or speeches.

HSK 4 Speaking Skill

Able to master the syllables indicated for Level 4, with pronunciation basically accurate and intonation relatively natural. Can use vocabulary and grammar relevant to this level to accomplish related topic expressions and communicative tasks. Possesses preliminary ability to express in paragraphs, capable of using some relatively complex sentence structures to narrate event development, describe more intricate scenes, briefly state viewpoints and express emotions, engage in general conversations, express relatively fluently, and use words relatively accurately.

HSK 4 Reading Skill

Able to accurately recognize the syllables, characters, and words involved in Level 4 language quantitative indicators. Can read language materials (within 500 characters) related to Level 4 topic tasks and within the grammatical scope of this level. Reading speed should not be less than 140 characters per minute. Can understand general compound sentences, read descriptive and explanatory language materials, and simple argumentative essays, grasp key information, make appropriate inferences, and have a basic understanding of related cultural factors. Preliminarily masters skills such as skimming, guessing associations, and overcoming obstacles in fast reading.

HSK 4 Writing Skill

Able to master 100 characters from the intermediate handwritten character chart. Has a basic understanding of the structural features of characters. Can use simple sentence patterns for paragraph expressions. Within a specified time, able to complete simple descriptive and explanatory written materials with a word count of no less than 300 characters. Basic correctness in word usage, sentence structures with certain variations, content basically complete, expression relatively clear. Can accomplish common styles of application writing with basic accuracy in format.

HSK 4 Translating Skill

Possesses preliminary translation skills, able to translate Level 4 topic tasks, with content basically complete, and aware of cultural factors involved in translation. Able to complete informal reception and simple accompanying interpretation tasks, expressing fluently. Can translate written language materials such as descriptive and explanatory content, with translations mostly accurate.

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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 4學習者的語言能力:










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