The New HSK 3.0 – Everything You Need to Know

Summary – TLDR

As more people are learning Chinese, the HSK is becoming harder! You will need more vocab at each level.

The new HSK 3 will come into effect in March 2022. HSK is adding these “Expert” levels for students who major in Chinese, and PhD students. There will be 3 new levels. HSK 7-9. The existing HSK 1-6 will also become harder. You are advised to take your HSK exam soon before it comes into effect!

About the New HSK

Angela from Beijing Language and Culture University has created this webinar to introduce more about the new HSK


(It starts at 2.40)

Official Standards

Here is the official file about the new standard. It is currently only in Chinese (designed for Chinese teachers).

New HSK Vocab List

We have also made a list of some useful Vocab resources for Anki. You can download them to Anki to learn by yourself. Anki is one of the best ways to learn Chinese by yourself. You can download Anki here.

– HSK 3 by Drawing Strokes here.
– HSK 7-9 here

New HSK Guides

Here are some useful guides about the HSK:
– Dig Mandarin here.
– LTL Mandarin School’s Guide here
– That’s Mandarin’s Guide here.
– New HSK 1 Vocab List here

How to crack the new HSK?

  • Check out the Top 7 Best Apps to learn Chinese here.
  • Top Resources for Learning Chinese here.
  • 7 Universities with the best Online Chinese Programs here

More Questions? Check out the FAQ Below”

1. What is HSK3.0?

The Chinese Proficiency Grading Standards for International Chinese Language Education was formulated by the Center for Language Education and Cooperation after nearly four years of development. It was officially released by the Ministry of Education and the State Language Affairs Commission in March this year and will be officially implemented from July 1, 2021.

2. What’s New for HSK 3.0?

According to the “new standard”, HSK test is going to be reformed. Instead of 6 levels, HSK 3.0 will have 3 stages and 9 levels in the future.

3. When will HSK 7-9 start?

The HSK test will still use the old version this year. HSK level 7-9 will have the first test run by the end of this year, and it will be officially launched in March 2022. The new HSK 7-9 will use one test paper. Which level a student is in will determined according to his/her test scores of that test paper.

4. Will HSK 1-6 be changed?

HSK 1-6 will not be adjusted in the near future. The examination effectiveness, content, reference vocabulary and form will remain unchanged, and will continue to be implemented stably. The validity of the obtained HSK 1-6 certificate remains unchanged. In the next 3-5 years, HSK 1-6 will be gradually adjusted according to the “new standard” and the actual situation of Chinese learners in various countries.

5. Should I take HSK test now?

According to the “new standard” HSK will be harder for students of all levels in the future. Take HSK 3 for example, now it only requires 600 words, but level 3 in “new standard” requires 2245 words. Compare to the HSK now, the “new standards” adds requirements about hand writing Characters. So we suggest students to take HSK1-6 as soon as possible to get a better result before HSK 1-6 is changed.

About Beijing Language and Culture University

Beijing Language and Culture University is China’s No.1 Chinese Learning University for Foreigners. Based in Beijing BLCU teaches thousands of international students each year.

Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) was founded in 1962 with its main task to teach the Chinese language and culture to foreign students. BLCU also undertakes the tasks of teaching foreign languages, computer science and technology, finance and accountancy to Chinese students. It provides training courses for teachers who specialize in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and it offers pre-departure language training to candidates intending to live and work abroad.

Learn more about BLCU’s online Chinese language programs here.

Founder and CEO at China Admissions. Originally from UK🇬🇧, based in Beijing. Studied at Peking University & BLCU. Preparing for HSK 6. Hope we can help more talented international students have the same amazing experiences and opportunities that I have had
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