A lot of Chinese learners aim for passing some level of the HSK tests. Judging from what I've read online, many people become demotivated regarding these tests around the late-HSK4 level (e.g. me), after discovering that there's a whole lot more to learning Chinese than what's on these tests.
Here's four random HSK6 words I don't know:
否决 = veto
偏僻 = remote, desolate
请帖 = written invitation
宪法 = constitution
I can express both 否决 and 偏僻 using other words; 请帖 seems obsolete; 宪法 might be worthwhile.
Nowadays, I read and discuss the news, so I learn words like 疫情 = epidemic, 病毒 = virus, 抹黑 = smear, 甩锅 = pass the buck, 针对 = target, 疫苗 = vaccine, 症状 = symptom, etc. This seems more targeted and purposeful (although some of these are HSK words).
However, maybe there's aspects of the HSKs I'm unaware of since I'm approx. mid- to late-HSK5 level, and nowadays mostly focus on more enjoyable topics with my teacher.
Question: Is there much point in aiming for the HSK5 or HSK6 Chinese tests (assuming it's not required)?