Free HSK Vocabulary list by level
If you are preparing for the HSK it is important to review the vocabulary they test. You can use the links above to download the free HSK vocabulary list for levels 1 – 6. That being said, vocabulary lists should not be the primary way one learns Chinese. Beyond the fact that you do not learn any grammatical patterns via vocab lists, it is much harder to learn vocab terms themselves outside of context. These lists should just be used as final review and prep materials for the HSK test itself. In terms of learning Chinese, consider using an accessible textbook, practicing extensive reading, or listening to music (you could check out our weekly Chinese music playlist with lyrics + translations + key vocabulary terms). You can practice the skills required for each level of the HSK. So, if at level 5 you should be reading newspapers, then you should read newspapers as practice up-until your final few review weeks.
HSK Information by level
Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies. In HSK 1 all characters are provided along with Pinyin. 150 vocabulary words are tested.
Designed for learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion to their daily lives. In HSK 2 all characters are provided along with Pinyin. 300 vocabulary terms are tested.
Designed for learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during daily life. 600 vocabulary terms are tested.
Designed for learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard. 1,200 vocabulary terms are tested.
Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese. 2,500 vocabulary terms are tested.
Designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form. 5,000 vocabulary terms are tested.
Free HSK practice tests
Nothing is better prep than taking a practice test. After studying your free HSK vocabulary list, you should check out the HSK practice tests on Mandarin Bean’s website. They have #3 full practice exams for every level. If you like this post, share and comment below. Happy studying!