Introduction to HSK3

Introduction to 3

HSK3 examines examinees’ application ability of Chinese. The examinees who have passed HSK (Level 3) can complete communication tasks of life, study and work in China; and they can deal with most of the communication tasks.  Also they may meet with while touring in China.


The examinees to take part in HSK3 should have grasped 600 most commonly used words; and relevant grammar knowledge.


HSK3 consists of three parts, namely listening, reading and writing.

There are 80 questions, including:
Listening (40 questions, approximately 35 minutes)
Reading (30 questions, 30 minutes)
Writing (10 questions, 15 minutes)

5 minutes is left for filling in personal information; and 5 minutes after the listening part for filling in the answer sheet. The test lasts approximately 90 minutes.
The listening test is made up of 4 parts, each including 10 questions. Each question is heard twice.

The content and the request are as follows:

1, Listening Part
PartI        Listen to the dialogues and choose the corresponding pictures.
PartII      Listen to a short passage and decide whether the sentences are right or wrong.
PartIII    Listen to the dialogues and choose the correct answers.
PartIV    Listen to the (two rounds of) dialogues and choose the correct answers.

There are 3 subdivisions in the Listening Par, each including 10 questions. The content and the request are as follows:

2, Reading Part
The writing part is made up of 2 subdivisions, each including 5 questions. The content and the request are as follows:
1)   Make the sentence.
2)  Choose the proper words to fill in the blanks in the sentences.
3)  Choose the correct answers after reading.

There are 2 subdivisions in the Reading Part, each including 5 questions. The content and the request are as follows:

3, Writing Part
1)    Make sentences with the given words and phrases.
2)   Write the Chinese characters.


The full marks of each part (Listening, Reading and Writing) are 100 and the total marks of HSK (Level 3) are 300. Those who get 180 marks and over are qualified. The score is permanently valid. But as a certificate of the Chinese proficiency of foreign students entering China’s universities to study; the term of validity of the score is two years (counting from the date of the test).

More in WIKI about HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)


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