For Chinese learners, scary things always come in threes.

And no, I’m not talking about “的”, “得” and “地”. Today we are talking about H-S-K.

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For those unfamiliar with the HSK test, here are the basics:

Beginning in 1992, the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) exam is China’s official test of Chinese language ability for non-native speakers.

As well as being a measure of your Chinese reading, writing, and speaking. Some employers of Chinese speaking roles will even require your HSK level.

The test is available to take in centres across the world. From 2020 students can also take an online version.

But they are also making changes to the HSK exams and how the grading system works.

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Isobel Haskell
Isobel Haskell is studying for a Master’s Degree in Chinese Studies at SOAS in London. As a language learner and noodle enthusiast, she hopes to write stories that inspire curiosity.