Have you heard of the HSK? It’s short for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试), a well-known Chinese test for international learners. The test is administered by the Confucius Institute, and it’s widely used by Chinese companies and universities to assess foreign candidates’ Chinese skills.
A new version of the HSK test was recently released, along with required vocabulary lists for each of the six new levels. We’ve taken these lists and come up with a list of the Chinese characters you need to know at each level, which we’ve linked with our stroke order animations and information from the nciku dictionary in a similar way to our random character generator. Click on a level to see the list of characters that first appear at that level, or on a character to see its stroke order, pronunciations, meanings and more.
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NOTE: the character detail box here shows all the meanings of a character, but in some cases not all of these meanings are needed for the HSK test. More common meanings of a character have been shown first, so in most cases those are the ones you need.
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