Get to Know the HSK1 Exam (Practice Included)

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What is the HSK Test?

The HSK test was designed by the Beijing Language Institute at Beijing Language and Culture University. The test was updated most recently in March, 2010. The HSK 1 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese (Mandarin). Think of it as the SAT of Chinese ability. Similarly, foreign students take tests like the TOEFL and the IELTS tests to prove English language proficiency. The test has six levels from one (easiest) through six (hardest). Each level is graded on a pass/fail scale.

What does the HSK test assess?

For each HSK level there are listening, reading, writing and speaking sections. The oral test is a separate test known as the HSKK and is administered in only three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.

The test is mainly to see how well you can understand Mandarin in a practical level. The SAT tests and other diagnostic tests aren’t as “everyday” as the HSK test. Similarly, the TOEFL test is assessing whether or not the student could handle the course load of an average university student in English.

HSK Level 1 Summary


HSK reading


  • For the HSK1 Exam there is no writing portion.

Try the Practice Exam Below for the HSK Level 1

Practice 1

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Practice 2

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Practice 3

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Practice 4

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Practice 5

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  • Jim Awofadeju

    Do you have answer keys for the PDFs for Practice 1, Practice 2, Practice 3, Practice 4, and Practice 5?

    • Eduardo López

      You can find the answers at the end of the pdf , but it’s just in Chinese characters

  • Raj A

    Why do Chinese Instructors say ‘revision’ when they are going into a review lesson?