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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
jūnarmy, military; soldiers, troops 159.2650552102
zhànwar, fighting, battle 62.5951468145
zhènggovernment, political affairs 66.4951376150
chǎngive birth, bring forth, produce 117.1650522159
zhìsystem; establish; overpower 18.6851121163
dàireplace, replacement (of person or generation); era, generation 9.3550271174
stand; let stand; establish, set 117.0550302197
right conduct, righteousness丿 4.2350057208
shénspirit, god, supernatural being 113.5951711227
ethics, morality, virtue 60.121553272256
tǒnggovern, command, control; unite 120.6951765264
xíngform, shape, appearance 59.4750604269
zhìgovern, regulate, administer 85.5851264274
arrive at, reach; intelligent; smooth, slippery 162.3650398289
qiángstrong, powerful, energetic 57.91252802292
quánpower, right, authority 75.2650378297
wángking, ruler; royal; surname 96.0450075299
shèbuild; establish; display 149.4650560302
pǐnarticle, product, commodity 30.6951503308
lèiclass, group, kind, category 37.6951646311
lǐngneck; collar; lead, guide 181.51152354329
zàoconstruct, build, make, begin; prepare 162.71051940354
class; section, department 120.5851338358
yīngpetal, flower, leaf; brave, a hero; England, English 140.5851006371
lìng 9.3550282378
cotton cloth, textiles, linen 50.2550218380
wèinot yet; 8th terrestrial branch 75.1550192385
strike, hit, beat; attack, fight 17.3550195395
bīngsoldier, troops 12.5750768398
tuánsphere, ball, circle; mass, lump 31.3650425405
assemble, collect together 172.41252694406
huáflowery; illustrious; Chinese 24.4650472412
shístone, rock, mineral; rad. 112 112.0550216414
prefecture; prefect; government广 53.5851211417
shìresemble, similar to; as if, seem 9.5650481431
guānofficial, public servant 40.5851281432
receptacle, vessel; instrument 30.131653348441
chēngcall; name, brand; address; say 115.51051948449
plan a project; stand on tiptoe 9.4650490450
wěiappoint, send, commission 38.5851133457
céngalready; sign of past 73.81252747463
nóngagriculture, farming; farmer 14.4650558465
zhuāngdress, clothes, attire; fill 145.61252726467
xiǎnmanifest, display; evident, clear 72.5951485469
niànthink of, recall, study 61.4851177477
qīngblue, green, black; young 174.0850947497
military; martial, warlike 77.4850946501
shìpower, force; tendency 19.6850977506
old, classic, ancient 30.2550208509
gòuframe, building, structure 75.4851029511
soil, earth; items made of earth 32.0350027515
tóuthrow, cast, fling, pitch; jump 64.4750643516
mǒucertain thing or person 75.5951399517
wéimaintain, preserve, safeguard 120.81152492520
leather, animal hides; rad. 177 177.0951403521
enemy, foe, rival; resist 135.41051942523
zhìsend, deliver, present; cause 133.31051879524
pàischool of thought, sect, branch 85.6951673532
yíngencampment, barracks; manage 140.81152214536
greatly desire, anxiously hope 49.1450178546
fángdefend; prevent; embankment 170.4650576548
shīgrant, bestow; give; act; name 70.5951634553
xíngpattern, model, type; law; mold 32.6951363556
rely on, be set in; consent, obey a wish 9.6851153568
qún(same as ) group, crowd, multitude, mob 123.71353035570
xiàngneck, nape of neck; sum; funds 181.3951370571
zhīweave, knit; organize, unite 120.5851342578
dòuChinese peck; liquid measure 68.0450166580
cǎicollect, gather; pick, pluck 165.1851172585
shākill, slaughter, murder; hurt 75.2650487587
cháodynasty; morning 74.81252559593
shǔclass, category, type; belong to 44.91252800610
xiànboundary, limit, line 170.6851323613
wēipomp, power; powerful; dominate 38.6951444622
zhuàngform; appearance; shape; official 94.3750828624
to lead; ratio; rate; limit 95.61152395625
alone, single, solitary, only 94.6951602627
chuàngestablish, create; knife cut 18.4650494635
chénginherit, receive; succeed 64.4851315639
thighs, haunches, rump; share 130.4851186644
profit, benefit; advantage 108.51052055649
xuèblood; radical number 143 143.0650479658
white (silk); plain; vegetarian; formerly; normally 120.41051775661
night, dark; in night; by night 36.5851209665
chūbeginning, initial, primary 18.5750889667
yuánspring; source, head; surname 85.101353008670
shíeat; meal; food; KangXi radical number 184 184.0951589671
dàitreat, entertain, receive; wait 60.6951580673
shùnarrate, state, express 162.5851032674
land, continental; army 170.5750912675
zhìplace, lay out; set aside 122.81352931677
láolabor, toil, do manual work 19.5750674679
cáiwealth, valuables, riches 154.3750756680
admit, take, receive, accept 120.4750934684
léithunder 173.51352884686
model, standard, pattern; copy 75.111453078689
chōngfill, be full, supply 10.4650525690
tree; wood, lumber; wooden 75.0450087694
lóngdragon; symbolic of emperor 212.0550221696
chōngsoar; pour boiling water over 15.4650511702

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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.

This website combine data from several databases (notably: Unihan, CC-CEDICT). Please be aware that some information presented may be incorrect, especially for very rare Chinese characters. We take no responsibility for incorrect data, though we constantly try to make the website as accurate as possible.

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