HSK 3Sub-Course

HSK Level 3


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

The HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). Below are various HSK levels correponding to  the levels of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF):

New HSKVocabularyCLPSCEF
HSK (Level VI)Over 5,000Level VC2
HSK (Level V)2500C1
HSK (Level IV)1200Level IVB2
HSK (Level III)600Level IIIB1
HSK (Level II)300Level IIA2
HSK (Level I)150Level IA1



Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.

Certificate holders of HSK Level III will be provided with additional 6 points in China’s new work permit scoring system.


Course Outline (HSK III Standard Course)

Topic 1: What's your plan for the weekend (周末你有什么打算)

Topic 2: When will he come back (他什么时候回来)

Topic 3: There are plenty of drinks on the table (桌子上放着很多饮料)

Topic 4: She always smiles when talking to customers (她总是笑着跟客人说话)

Topic 5: I'm getting fatter and fatter lately (我最近越来越胖了)

Topic 6: Why are they suddenly missing (怎么突然找不到了)

Topic 7: I've known her for 5 years (我跟他都认识五年了)

Topic 8: I'll go wherever you go (你去哪儿我就去哪儿)

Topic 9: She speaks Chinese like a native (她的汉语说得跟中国人一样好)

Topic 10: Maths is much harder than history (数学比历史难多了)

Topic 11: Don't forget to turn off the air conditioner (别忘了把空调关了)

Topic 12: Leave the important items with me (把重要的东西放在我这儿吧)

Topic 13: I walked back (我是走回来的)

Topic 14: Please bring the fruit here (你把水果拿过来)

Topic 15: The rest of them are all OK (其他的都没什么问题)

Topic 16: I am so tired that I want to do nothing but sleep after work (我现在累得下了班就想睡觉)

Topic 17: Everybody is able to cure your "disease" (谁都有办法看好你的“病”)

Topic 18: I believe they'll agree (我相信他们会同意的)

Topic 19: Didn't you recognize him (你没看出来吗)

Topic 20: I've been influenced by him (我被他影响了)

Cultural Topic 1: Traditional sports in China (中国有什么传统运动)

Cultural Topic 2: What Chinese people wear on their wedding days (中国人结婚时穿什么)

Cultural Topic 3: What food Chinese people eat on their birthdays (中国人过生日吃什么)

Cultural Topic 4: Taboo gifts in China (中国人什么礼物不能送)


Source: HSK 3 Standard Course, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban)


To learn more about HSK and HSK Level III, click here.

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