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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).

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PinyinDefinitionRadicalStroke countHSK levelGeneral Standard#Frequency rank
zhīmarks preceding phrase as modifier of following phrase; it, him her, them; go to丿 4.334005844
part, division, section 163.8104204484
negative, no, not; KangXi radical 71 71.0440081105
and; with; to; for; give, grant 1.3340034108
mínpeople, subjects, citizens 83.1540327113
this, these; in this case, then 77.2640411116
使shǐcause, send on a mission, order; envoy, messenger, ambassador 9.6841139119
xìngnature, character, sex 61.5841268122
quánmaintain, keep whole or intact 11.4640485124
jiāngwill, going to, future; general 90.6941617132
yóucause, reason; from 102.0540245136
bìng 51.5640531141
měibeautiful, pretty; pleasing 123.3941642151
gains, advantage, profit, merit 18.5740763155
combine, unite, join; gather 30.3640488171
nèiinside 11.2440116175
degree, system; manner; to consider广 53.6941622184
rèntrust to, rely on, appoint; to bear, duty, office; allow 9.4640467186
hǎisea, ocean; maritime 85.71042074189
tōngpass through, common, communicate 162.71042145190
yuánsource, origin, beginning 27.81041868193
extend; reach; come up to; and 29.2340052198
lùndebate; discuss; discourse 149.4640556205
chùplace, locale; department 34.2540294206
each, individually, every, all 30.3640506209
enter, come in(to), join 11.0240011210
huólive, exist, survive; lively 85.6941672219
ěryou; that, those; final particle 42.2540286220
what, why, where, which, how 9.5740771229
fǎnreverse, opposite, contrary, anti 29.2440139237
shòureceive, accept, get; bear, stand 29.6841174238
liàngmeasure, quantity, capacity 166.51242616241
jiànbuild, establish, erect, found 54.6841302244
plan, plot; strategem; scheme 149.2440168251
guǎnpipe, tube, duct; woodwind music 118.81443123252
property; wealth; capital 154.61042039257
mìnglife; destiny, fate, luck; an order, instruction 30.5841168258
jīngold; metals in general; money 167.0841166260
zhǐfinger, toe; point, indicate 64.6941389261
gram; overcome; transliteration 10.5740675262
allow, permit; promise; betroth 149.4640554263
area, district, region, ward 23.2440094265
bǎoprotect, safeguard, defend, care 9.7941562266
zhìreach, arrive; extremely, very 133.0640410267
duìteam, group; army unit 170.2440180268
shègod of the soil and altars to him; group of families; company, society 113.3740890270
zhǎnopen, unfold; stretch, extend 44.71042131275
section, department, science 115.4941551277
foundation, base 32.81142193280
rule, law, regulation; grades 18.4640440284
quèstill, but; decline; retreat 26.5740658287
guānglight, brilliant, shine; only 10.4640417290
promptly, quickly, immediately 26.5740901293
xiàngelephant; ivory; figure, image 152.51142361300
shìstyle, system, formula, rule 56.3640349303
chéngjourney, trip; schedule, agenda 115.71242677314
die; dead; death 78.2640400317
jiāomix; intersect; exchange, communicate; deliver 8.4640519320
guīrules, regulations, customs, law 147.4840952321
take, receive, obtain; select 29.6840997323
pull, drag; seize, hold; lengthen 64.5840981324
pattern, standard, form; style 75.61041845325
shùart, skill, special feat; method, technique 75.1540211328
quèsure, certain; real, true 112.71242591331
chuánsummon; propagate, transmit 9.4640455332
guānsee, observe, view; appearance 147.2640586334
qiècut, mince, slice, carve 18.2440107337
dǎodirect, guide, lead, conduct 41.3640567343
zhēngdispute, fight, contend, strive 6.5640508344
gǎichange, alter; improve, remodel 66.3740908350
shōugather together, collect; harvest 66.2640573351
yánwords, speech; speak, say 149.0740826355
liánconnect, join; associate, ally 128.61242544356
chísustain, support; hold, grasp 64.6941367357
help, aid, relieve; ferry, cross 85.6941678360
qīnrelatives, parents; intimate the hazel nut or filbert tree a thorny tree 117.4941631362
línforest, grove; surname 75.4841018364
shìscholar, gentleman; soldier 33.0340028372
zhèngprove, confirm, verify; proof 149.5740885373
shīlose; make mistake, neglect 37.2540265375
zhuǎnshift, move, turn 159.4841059376
cúnexist, live, be; survive; remain 39.3640391384
táiplatform; unit; term of address 30.2540342388
tool, implement; draw up, write 12.6841077391
liúflow, circulate, drift; class 85.61042080396
liánjoin, connect; continuous; even 162.4740708399
shēndeep; depth; far; very, extreme 85.81142432401
zhìmatter, material, substance 27.4841157404
jiàprice, value 9.4640469409
zhěngorderly, neat, tidy; whole 66.111643333416
kuàngcondition, situation; furthermore 15.5740830419
Asia; second 1.5640373420
skill, ability, talent, ingenuity 64.4740615422
border, boundary, juncture 170.5740911423
yuētreaty, agreement, covenant 120.3640593424
shìshow, manifest; demonstrate 113.0540194425
jiūexamine, investigate 116.2740881429
线xiànline, thread, wire; clue 120.5841336430
duànsever, cut off; interrupt 69.71142405434
jīngessence; semen; spirit 119.81443153435

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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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