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HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì; 汉语水平考试), translated as Chinese Proficiency Test or Chinese Standard Exam, is China's standardized exam for non-native speakers that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency.

The test consists of 6 levels and list of words that need to be known is provided for each level. No character lists are provided separately, therefore the characters presented on this page were derived from these word lists.

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Please be aware that the character lists for HSK levels provided on this website are not cumulative (contain only new characters). Therefore if you for example prepare for HSK level 4, you should not only learn the characters for level 4, but also for previous levels (1, 2 and 3).

173 characters
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PinyinDefinitionRadicalStroke countHSK levelGeneral Standard#Frequency rank
wèido, handle, govern, act; be 3.342016518
dàogo to, arrive, been to 18.682106322
by means of; thereby, therefore; consider as; in order to 9.342018223
yàonecessary, essential; necessity 146.392144126
jiùjust, simply; to come, go to; to approach, near 43.9122272827
may, can, -able; possibly 30.252021230
also; classical final particle of strong affirmation or identity 5.232006631
obtain, get, gain, acquire 60.8112234139
zhemake move, take action 109.6112239841
guòpass, pass through, go across 162.362037946
dàopath, road, street; method, way 162.9122274552
suǒplace, location; numerary adjunct 63.482116454
rányes, certainly; pledge, promise 86.8122272355
shìaffair, matter, business; to serve; accident, incident 6.782103858
jīngclassic works; pass through 120.582135062
dòngmove, happen; movement, action 19.462035373
háistill, yet, also, besides 162.472070480
jìnadvance, make progress, enter 162.472060581
dànonly; but, however, yet, still 9.572077495
yīncause, reason; by; because (of) 31.362043096
cóngfrom, by, since, whence, through 9.242014298
sun; day; daytime 72.0420112101
thought, idea, opinion; think 61.91322996104
it; other 40.2520314107
zhǎnglong; length; excel in; leader 168.0420127109
sequence, number; grade, degree 118.51122322114
gōngfair, equitable; public; duke 12.2420148115
already; finished; stop 49.0320061117
qíngfeeling, sentiment, emotion 61.81122438120
zhīknow, perceive, comprehend 111.3821122123
zhèngright, proper, correct 77.1520198129
wàiout, outside, external; foreign 36.2520293131
liǎngtwo, both, pair, couple; ounce 1.6720697133
jiānmidpoint, space; place, locality 169.4720847135
wènask about, inquire after 169.3620528137
zuìmost, extremely, exceedingly 73.81222614139
shǒuhand 64.0420121143
body; group, class, body, unit; inferior 9.5720770149
děng 118.61222681158
xīnnew, recent, fresh, modern 69.91322994161
shēnbody; trunk, hull; rad. no. 158 158.0720786164
biǎoshow, express, manifest, display 145.3820951177
gěigive; by, for 120.6921758180
order, sequence; next 76.2620521183
méngate, door, entrance, opening 169.0320055185
chángcommon, normal, frequent, regular 50.81122257187
jiàoteach, class 66.71122179191
to compare, liken; comparison; than 81.0420105199
yuánmember; personnel, staff member 30.4720737200
zhēnreal, actual, true, genuine 109.51021832204
zǒuwalk, go on foot; run; leave 156.0720625207
tiáoclause, condition; string, stripe 75.3720816214
forehead; title, headline; theme 181.91523233218
biéseparate, other; do not 18.5720751222
bàoreport, tell, announce 64.4720656234
affairs, business; must, should 34.2520297245
chǎngopen space, field, market 32.3620367249
jiànnumerary adjunct for article; matter 9.4620466250
便biànconvenience, ease; expedient 9.7921556271
take charge of, control, manage; officer 30.2520325278
yǎneye; eyelet, hole, opening 109.61122263281
fēinot, negative, non-; oppose 175.0821064283
báiwhite; pure, unblemished; bright 106.0520275286
think, consider, ponder; final particle 61.5921500298
wáncomplete, finish, settle; whole 40.4720877301
color, tint, hue, shade; form, body; beauty, desire for beauty 139.0620509304
road, path, street; journey 157.61322918305
gàotell, announce, inform; accuse 30.4720760310
biānedge, margin, side, border 162.2520337316
wàngto look at, look forward; to hope, expect 74.71122394326
gòngtogether with, all, total; to share 12.4620371330
ràngallow, permit, yield, concede 149.3520317339
yùnrun; simplified form of luck, fortune; ship, transport 162.4720611345
xiàosmile, laugh, giggle; snicker 118.41021952346
step, pace; walk, stroll 77.3720710349
měievery, each 80.3720767359
kuàirapid, quick, speedy, fast; soon 61.4720876366
wǎnggo, depart; past, formerly 60.5821160369
jìnnear, close; approach; intimate 162.4720791374
man, male adult, husband; those 37.1420079377
zhǔnapprove, allow, permit; in accord 15.81022024379
shǐbegin, start; then, only then 38.5821329381
yuǎndistant, remote, far; profound 162.4720608386
bèiprepare, ready, perfect 34.5821200397
bǎione hundred; numerous, many 106.1620389407
rare beast; strange; elegant 114.61022035418
bìngillness, sickness, disease 104.51022027427
rest, put stop to, end, cease 61.61021973428
huǒfire, flame; burn; anger, rage 86.0420164433
zǎoearly; soon; morning 72.2620419462
zhǎosearch, seek, look for; find 64.4720621466
baemphatic final particle 30.4720747470
kǎoexamine, test; investigate 125.0620358495
hóngred, vermillion; blush, flush 120.3620589502
suīalthough, even if 142.3921502504
rare; hope, expect, strive for 50.4720796508
fánghouse, building; room 63.4821290512
hēiblack; dark; evil, sinister 203.01222655519
foot; attain, satisfy, enough 157.0720731527
háibaby, child; children 39.6921730533

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HSK level - whether character appears on the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (Chinese Proficiency Test) word list and on what level.
General Standard# - index number in the Table of General Standard Chinese Characters.
Frequency rank - based on Jun Da's Modern Chinese Character Frequency List.

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