HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level)

Introduction to Intermediate HSK Speaking Course

The HSK (Intermediate) Speaking Exam assesses candidates’ ability to express themselves in Chinese. This is equivalent to Level III and Level IV of the Chinese Proficiency Scale for native speakers of other languages and level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). Candidates who pass the HSK (Intermediate) Speaking Exam understand Chinese (Intermediate) and communicate well with people whose native language is Chinese.

1. Purpose of the HSK Intermediate Speaking Exam

The HSK (Intermediate) Speaking Exam is for students who have taken Chinese lessons for approximately 2-3 hours per week for 1-2 academic years. These students learn about 900 common words that they have learned during their Chinese lessons.

2. Content of the HSK oral exam

The HSK speaking exam (intermediate level) consists of 3 parts with 14 subjects.

Duration 21 minutes (including 10 minutes of preparation).

  • The first part contains 10 topics. A recorded sentence will be heard for each of the subjects. The candidate must repeat the sentence.
  • In the second part there are 2 topics. Each item consists of an image. The candidate must comment on the image.
  • The third part consists of 2 items. The candidate must answer 2 questions (in the Pinyin language).

3. Results of the speaking exam HSK (intermediate level)

The maximum score for the HSK oral speaking (intermediate) is 100 points. A score of 60 or more is required for admission.

As a Chinese language certificate allowing international students to enroll in Chinese universities, HSK scores are valid for 2 years (from the date of the HSK exam). It testifies to your level of Chinese and your efforts to learn Chinese.