China to Reform Top Chinese Proficiency Test HSK

By Barnaby Lofton, May 27, 2020

0 0

Last week, the official HSK Twitter account announced that the country’s Chinese language examination, known as HSK (汉语水平考试, Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) will be reformed in 2020. According to the post, new Chinese proficiency standards will be overhauled with a newly structured system of testing – meaning your old HSK books will likely lose some value.

This new model will now have nine levels in total, spread out among three stages (beginner, intermediate and advanced). As of press time, few details have been shared about what other changes should be expected, and a quick glance on their official website proved futile.  

HSK-level.jpgImage via @山下智博/Weibo

The current HSK format, which is a six-tiered international standardized Chinese language testing system, was introduced in 2010 and focuses on writing, reading and listening skills (writing sections are excluded for HSK 1 and 2). There’s a separate test administered for oral skills.

The highest level, HSK 6, is designed for learners who’ve “mastered 5,000 or more commonly used words,” according to the HSK official website. However, some feel that it does not prepare Chinese learners for native-level fluency. One person on Twitter posted: “So glad the HSK is to be extended. Know loads of people who took the 6 and said they didn't feel anywhere near native level.” Another Twitter user commented, “The only thing I know from before was that HSK 6 didn’t really correspond to C2 level at all,” referring to the final English test in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). He added, “Perhaps this new change will rectify that.” Only time will tell.

[Cover image via Pixabay]

more news

Beyond Meat Expands to Chinese Grocery Stores

Beyond Meat announces cooperation with Alibaba's Hema supermarkets to sell its meatless burger patties in the China market.

Chinese Airline Flight Suspended After 6 COVID-19 Cases Onboard

The suspension of the flight route is in reference to the 'circuit breaker' policy.

Stephon Marbury, From NBA All-Star to Chinese Basketball Legend

Stephon Marbury has lived his best life in China, moving to the Middle Kingdom in 2010 to play in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Chinese Submersible Visits Challenger Deep, the Ocean's Deepest Point

The submersible collected samples and snapped some high-def photos of little-explored Challenger Deep.

US Designates 4 More Chinese Media Outlets as 'Foreign Missions'

Four more Chinese media organizations that operate in the US have been designated as foreign missions by the Trump administration.

The Incredible Life of Isabel Crook, Chinese Medal of Friendship Recipient

Born in Chengdu, Sichuan in December of 1915, Isabel witnessed some of the biggest events of the 20th century through a Chinese lens.

Chinese Scientists Have New Plan to Prevent Massive Asteroid Strike

The National Space Science Center has a plan – and it doesn’t involve Bruce Willis or a nuclear bomb.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.