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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).

2663 characters
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PinyinDefinitionRadicalStroke countHSK levelGeneral Standard#Frequency rank
jīnnow, today, modern era 9.2410144336
yuàncourtyard, yard, court; school 170.7911734338
shírecognize, understand, know 149.5710892340
hòuwait; expect; visit; greet 9.81011964341
fēifly; go quickly; dart; high 5.2310069347
chēcart, vehicle; carry in cart 159.0410100361
clothes; wear, dress 74.4811190365
zěnwhat? why? how? 61.5911543382
neinterrogative or emphatic final; (Cant.) this 30.5811102383
jiàocry, shout; hail, greet, call 30.2510253387
yǐngshadow; image, reflection; photograph 59.121513240390
letter, character, word 39.3610548393
àilove, be fond of, like 87.61011987394
shāngcommerce, business, trade 30.81112391402
qǐngask, request; invite; please 149.81012108421
shìlook at, inspect, observe, see 147.4811294438
jiǔnine 5.1210015445
xiěwrite; draw, sketch; compose 14.3510316448
eight; all around, all sides 12.0210009451
mafinal interrogative particle 30.3610432453
chīeat; drink; suffer, endure, bear 30.3610429475
liùnumber six 12.2410160478
cure, heal; doctor, medical 23.5710700482
hàomark, sign; symbol; number 30.2510243487
language, words; saying, expression 149.7911707493
seven 1.1210007530
xìngthrive, prosper, flourish 12.4610544531
xīnga star, planet; any point of light 72.5911488537
jīngcapital city 8.6811205566
hulled or husked uncooked rice 119.0610533575
guest, traveller; customer 40.6911703583
yǒufriend, companion; fraternity 29.2410097594
qiánmoney, currency, coins 167.51011928603
hot; heat; fever; restless; zeal 86.61011809606
zuòsit; seat; ride, travel by 32.4710797611
xiàoschool; military field officer 75.61011847633
nǎobrain 130.61012001646
shuíwho? whom? whose? anyone? 149.81012122648
which? where? how? 30.7911515652
like, love, enjoy; joyful thing 30.91212523668
practice; flapping wings 15.1310070676
huānhappy, pleased, glad; joy; enjoy 76.2610587685
lěngcold, cool; lonely 15.5710838700
hànChinese people; Chinese language 85.2510311711
clothes, clothing; cover, skin 145.0610520725
mother, mama 38.3610583750
read, study; pronounce 149.81012112752
mǎibuy, purchase; bribe, persuade 37.3610588758
suìyear; age; harvest 46.3610436772
kuàipiece, lump; dollar 32.4710652793
jiěelder sister, young lady 38.5811326830
liàngbright, brilliant, radiant, light 8.7911621840
péngfriend, pal, acquaintance 74.4811185882
xièthank; decline 149.101212795897
zhōngclock; bell 167.4911528905
rain; rainy; KangXi radical 173 173.0811041928
fàncooked rice; food, meal 184.4710823935
shuìsleep, doze 109.81312900964
drink; shout, call out 30.91212639983
noon; 7th terrestrial branch 24.24101191004
diànshop, store; inn, hotel广 53.58112081041
father, papa 88.48111711050
zhuōtable, desk, stand 75.610118811193
càivegetables; dish, order; food 140.811122071266
chátea 140.69114111272
gǒudog, canis familiaris 94.58111981281
bēicup, glass 75.48110201396
rent, lease; rental; tax 115.510119441397
zuóyesterday; in former times, past 72.59114891475
piàofloat, drift; tossed about 85.1114131631568
chair, seat 75.812125691663
māocat 94.911123671673
wèiinterjection to call attention 30.912126411988
píngartemisia; duckweed; apple 140.58110042478
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

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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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