2023 Updated: What do I need to know for HSK 5? Skills required to pass HSK 5

Mastering essential skills for HSK 5 Exam Success. Discover the key language skills and strategies you need to pass the HSK 5 exam with flying colors.

According to Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education, below are the required skills and abilities for HSK 5 learners.

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

・Topics and tasks: Topics include interpersonal relationships, lifestyles, study methods, natural environment, social phenomena, etc. Can complete communicative tasks related to these topics, such as discussing or expressing opinions on common social phenomena in life; able to reply to emails, introduce one's study methods and give suggestions.

・Quantitative criteria: 822 syllables (98 newly added), 1500 characters (300 newly added), 4316 words (1071 newly added), 357 grammar points (71 newly added).


HSK 5 Listening Skills

Able to understand informal and somewhat formal dialogues or speeches (within 500 characters) primarily involving Level 5 topic tasks, with dialogues or speeches pronounced naturally, with slight regional accents, and at a normal pace (200-220 characters per minute). Can avoid the impact of noisy environments, unnecessary repetition, pauses, etc., accurately extracting main information and some details. Can essentially understand cultural elements involved in dialogues or speeches.

HSK 5 Speaking Skills

Able to master the syllables and have basically accurate pronunciation according to Level 5 language quantitative indicators, with relatively natural intonation. Can use vocabulary and grammar relevant to this level to accomplish related topic expressions and communicative tasks. Possesses basic ability for paragraph expression, capable of using relatively complex sentence structures for conversation, providing detailed event descriptions, expressing personal opinions comprehensively, coherently expressing complex thoughts and emotions, using words appropriately, and having a certain degree of logical coherence.

HSK 5 Reading Skills

Able to accurately recognize the syllables, characters, and words involved in Level 5 language quantitative indicators. Can read language materials (within 700 characters) related to Level 5 topic tasks and within the grammatical scope of this level. Reading speed should not be less than 160 characters per minute. Able to understand complex compound sentences, read descriptive, explanatory, and argumentative language materials, understand and summarize the central ideas or arguments in language materials, make logical deductions, and better comprehend related cultural elements. Proficient in skills such as skimming, scanning, and information retrieval.

HSK 5 Writing Skills

Able to master 250 characters from the intermediate handwritten character chart. Can analyze the structure of common characters. Can use relatively complex sentence patterns for paragraph expression. Within a specified time, able to complete general descriptive, explanatory, and simple argumentative written materials with a word count of no less than 450 characters. Word usage is relatively appropriate, sentence structures are mostly correct, content is relatively complete, and expression is relatively smooth. Can accomplish common styles of application writing with proper format and basic norms.

HSK 5 Translating Skills

Possesses basic translation skills, able to translate Level 5 topic tasks, with content complete and capable of handling basic cultural elements involved in translation. Able to complete simple consecutive interpretation tasks in informal contexts, expressing fairly fluently. Can translate general descriptive, explanatory, or simple argumentative written materials, with translations relatively 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 5學習者的語言能力: 










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