2023 Updated: What do I need to know for HSK 2? Skills required to pass HSK 2

What do I need to know for HSK 2? Skills required to pass HSK 2. This article will give you a detailed info on what skills are required in order to pass.


According to Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education, below are the required skills and abilities for HSK 2 learners.

Verbal communication abilities: Possesses basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing abilities. Can engage in short communication on relatively familiar topics and accomplish simple social interactions.

Topics and tasks: Topics include basic social interactions, family life, study schedules, shopping, dining, personal feelings, etc. Can complete communicative tasks related to these topics, such as ordering food and communicating preferences at a Chinese restaurant with friends; identifying and filling in information on enrollment forms.

Quantitative criteria: 468 syllables (199 newly added), 600 characters (300 newly added), 1272 words (772 newly added), 129 grammar points (81 newly added).

HSK 2 Exam Listening

Able to understand short dialogues (within 150 characters) primarily involving Level 2 topic tasks, consisting mainly of single sentences or containing a few simple compound sentences, with dialogues or speeches pronounced clearly, with clear voice and a moderately slow pace (not less than 140 characters per minute). Can comprehend basic information with the assistance of gestures, facial expressions, etc.

HSK 2 Exam Speaking

Able to master the syllables indicated for Level 2, with pronunciation generally correct. Can use vocabulary and grammar relevant to this level to accomplish related topic expressions and communicative tasks. Possesses basic oral expression ability, capable of short questioning, stating, and engaging in social conversations using simple sentences.

HSK 2 Exam Reading

Able to accurately recognize the syllables, characters, and words involved in Level 2 language quantitative indicators. With the help of pinyin, illustrations, dictionaries, etc., can read language materials (within 200 characters) related to Level 2 topic tasks and within the grammatical scope of this level. Reading speed should not be less than 100 characters per minute. Can extract specific target information from descriptive and informative language materials, and basically understand general notices, electronic messages, etc.

HSK 2 Exam Writing

Able to master 200 characters from the elementary handwritten character chart. Has a good understanding of stroke order and writing rules for commonly used punctuation marks. Can copy characters relatively accurately at a speed of no less than 15 characters per minute. Possesses preliminary written expression ability, able to use simple sentences to introduce basic information closely related to personal life or study within a specified time, with a word count of no less than 100 characters.

2023 Updated: Old vs. New HSK Exam Vocabulary Comparison

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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 2學習者的語言能力:









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