HSK Level 1
HSK (Level I) assesses candidates’ ability in daily practice of the Chinese language. This is the equivalent of Level 1 of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scale for Speakers of Other Languages, as well as the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). Applicants who have passed the HSK (Level I) can understand and use sentences in Chinese simply enough to meet basic communication needs and have the opportunity to deepen their Chinese language learning.
Purpose of the HSK 1 exam
HSK (Level I) is for students who have taken Chinese lessons for 1 semester (half of the academic year) with 2-3 hours of lessons per week. Students learn 150 common words as well as basic grammar models.
Contents of the HSK 1 exam
HSK exam 1 consists of 150 Chinese characters:
The HSK exam (Level I) consists of listening and reading comprehension rubrics and contains a total of 40 subjects.
The exam lasts 40 minutes (including 5 minutes during which candidates fill out personal information).
1. Listening comprehension HSK 1
- Part 1 consists of 5 elements. The recording of each element will be heard twice. A word and image will be presented and will accompany each element. Applicants must complete a true-false questionnaire based on what they have heard.
- Part 2 consists of 5 elements. The recording of each element will be heard twice. One proposal and three images will be presented to accompany each item. Applicants should choose images that match what they have heard.
- Part 3 consists of 5 elements. The recording of each element will be listened to twice. A dialog will be presented and several images will accompany each element. Applicants should choose images that match what they have heard.
- Part 4 consists of 5 elements. The recording of each element will be listened to twice. For each item, the person will make a statement. Another will ask a question and give 3 possible answers. Three possible answers will be recorded on the examination sheet and candidates will be able to choose one of the answers based on what they have heard.
2. Understanding HSK 1 text
Part 1 consists of 5 elements. Each element will represent an image and a word. The candidate must assess whether they are consistent with each other.
Part 2 consists of 5 elements. There will be several pictures on the exam sheet. A proposal will be presented for each item. The candidate must select one of the matching images based on the content of the proposal.
Part 3 consists of 5 elements. This part will present 5 questions and 5 answers. The candidate must link the question to the answer that matches it.
Part 4 consists of 5 elements. Each element will have a missing word sentence. The candidate must choose one of the words in the part of the answer to fill in the gap.
All items on the scorecard will be presented in pinyin.
3. HSK 1 results
For HSK (level 1), 3 results are given: listening, reading and overall score. The candidate must score at least 120 points out of 200 to be considered accepted.
The Chinese language certificate opens the door to admission to Chinese universities for international students. HSK is also the benchmark for companies to measure Chinese proficiency when applying for a job. HSK results are valid for 2 years. (From the day of the exam)
Applicants who have passed the HSK Level 1 have a simple understanding of the Chinese language and can communicate in a simple, routine language that requires a direct exchange of information on general topics.
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