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Questions about HSK or Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, the PRC's official proficiency test for non-native speakers of Standard Chinese.

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What is the school grade level equivalent of each HSK level?

I am just getting started learning Chinese. My goal is to be able to speak Chinese at the level of a first grader. My plan is to evaluate this by completing HSK course(s). But I do not know which ...
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Is the HSK exam easier outside of China?

It's been known (at least in Confucius institue in my country) if you take HSK test outside of China, it's easier and the grading is pretty lenient. u/Marizza_Tan, comment on "hsk 6", Reddit ...
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What scores should a student get on the Chinese HSK(x) exam before moving onto HSK(x+1)?

Disappointingly, I recently failed the HSK6 (listening: 52; reading: 63; writing: 55); usually 60% is considered a pass. (Yes, I'm quite aware it's insanely hard.) I previously did well on the HSK5 (...
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How well do native Chinese speakers do on the HSK6?

I see a fair number of posts and videos about native Chinese speakers taking the HSK6, or mock HSK6 exams, so I'm hoping to collect their scores in one place: Question: How well do native Chinese ...
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How similar are the "faulty sentence" sections of the Chinese Gaokao 高考 exam and the HSK6?

I recently learned the Chinese Gaokao 高考 exam includes a 病句 ("faulty sentence") section. This has piqued my interest as I prepare for the HSK6 which includes the notoriously hard HSK6 语病 (&...
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Is there justification for the claim that e.g. "3 hours study" ≃ "1 point" on the HSK6 exam?

General rule: it takes approximately 2-3 hours of studying Chinese to earn one point on the HSK 6 test. To make a test preparation schedule, subtract your score on your HSK 6 mock test from your score ...
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For those who didn't blindly guess on the notoriously hard HSK6 语病 ("faulty wording") section, how did you prepare?

The first 10 questions of the Chinese HSK6 reading section are notoriously hard. Each question gives you 4 sentences and the task is to choose the one containing some kind of error. This part is so ...
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Beyond taking the test itself, what use is preparing for the HSK6 writing section?

Now that I've taken the Chinese HSK5 exam, my mind is turning towards HSK6. However, I find myself lacking motivation to study for this exam, and one of the main reasons is the writing section (also ...
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On the HSK5 exam, if you're asked to use a separable verb in a sentence, can you separate it?

Question 99 on the HSK5 exam asks you to write an approximately 80-character snippet using 5 given words. A typical example looks like this: Here, we see the separable verb 结帐, so we can write ...
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On the HSK5 paper-based exam, can I do the writing section before the reading section?

Since I can handwrite characters, I signed up for the paper-based (handwritten) HSK5 exam. This will be my first time taking this exam, so I'm not familiar with the specifics. If allowable, I would ...
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Where can I find example answers to the Chinese HSK6 test composition 书写 (aka 缩写 or "question 101")?

The Chinese HSK6 test has a section called 书写 where you're given an ~1000 character passage and 10 minutes to read it. Here's the introduction: 第101题:缩写。(1)仔细阅读下面这篇文章,时间为10分钟,阅读时不能抄写、记录。(2)10分钟后,...
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How additionally useful is HSK6 over HSK5 for reading Chinese native news and opinion pieces?

When deciding whether to study Chinese, students often state two goals: (a) to pass a HSK test, and (b) to read Chinese news articles. I'm towards the end of HSK5, and I already read some news-...
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Is there much point in aiming for the HSK5 or HSK6 Chinese tests (assuming it's not required)?

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), ...
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How long between each HSK level for learning Mandarin?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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HSK3 written test - what to expect and how to prepare?

It would be useful for beginner Mandarin learners, who want to eventually take the HSK exam(s), to hear success stories and HSK-specific advice. If you have passed the HSK Level 3 written test ...
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