The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is China's national
standardized test designed and developed by the HSK Center of
Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese
language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners,
overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national
HSK is divided into three categories: beginning level (HSK
Basic), elementary to intermediate level (HSK
Elementary-Intermediate), and advanced level (HSK Advanced).
HSK (Basic) is a standardized test designed for beginners. It is
most appropriate for those who have acquired 400-3000 basic Chinese
words (referring to level A and B in the Outline of HSK
HSK Elementary-Intermediate is suitable for persons who have
mastery of 2000-5000 Chinese words (referring to levels A, B and C
in the outline of HSK Vocabulary) and certain rules of grammar
(referring to levels A, B and C in the outline of HSK Grammar).
HSK Advanced applies to those who have mastery of 5000-8000
Chinese words (referring to level A, B, C and D in the Outline of
HSK Vocabulary) and the corresponding rules of grammar (referring
to level A, B, C and D in the Outline of HSK Grammar).
(China.org.cn August 30, 2004)