The HSK 2 test is structured into a listening and reading part. The exam lasts 55 minutes starting with 5 minutes of filling in your personal details on the exam sheet followed by around 25 minutes for each of the two parts (listening and reading). The listening part consists for 35 questions, the reading part of 25. Below we have laid out the test structure in more detail so you know what to expect:
Questions 1-10: You listen to a sentence or short phrase twice and then need to determine whether or not the image shown has anything to do with the text you listened to or not.
Questions 11-20: You listen to a dialog twice. On the exam paper you will see various images with letters. You then have to enter the letter for the picture that corresponds best to the dialog you’ve listened to into the box next to the question number.
Questions 21-30: You listen to a dialog between two people followed by a question asked by a third voice, the whole sequence is played twice. You then need to determine which of the options presented to you on the exam paper best answers the question.
Questions 31-35: You listen to a 4-5 sentence dialog between two people followed by a question asked by a third voice, the whole sequence is again played twice. You then need to determine which of the options presented to you on the exam paper best answers the question.
Questions 36-40: On the exam paper you see a number of images with letters (more than in the picture above). Your task is then to read the sentence or phrase and put in the letter for the image that best corresponds with the phrase.
Questions 41-45: The next task is to take some words presented on the top (all with letters in front of them) and correctly put them into sentences by adding the corresponding letter into the gap.
Questions 46-50: Here you get a short phrase followed by a sentence and you need to determine whether the sentence is correct or not.
Questions 51-60: In the final section you get a total of 20 sentences, 10 on top with letters in front of them and 10 below with empty boxes on the right. You need to match the sentences above and below by adding the correct letter on the right of the lower 10 sentences.
There is no right or wrong way to prepare for HSK 2. The most important thing is to familiarize yourself with all 150 HSK 2 vocabularies (on top of 150 HSK 1 vocabularies, so a total of 300 words and phrases) and the exam itself. Here are a few things that might help with that:
Flashcards are a great way to learn vocabularies and with the number of websites and apps providing flashcards nowadays, it’s difficult to know which one to pick. We suggest you'll use Anki which is a free flashcard application with countless flashcard decks for any language. Simply download the application to your computer or download their app to your mobile phone (small payment required for iOS). Then either purchase our HSK vocabulary deck online or search for one of the free HSK decks within the shared Anki decks and you should be ready to go!
Once you have internalized all 150 HSK 2 vocabularies and the grammar patterns, mock exams are probably the most efficient way to prepare for the exam itself. Below you can find 4 websites that provide a number of past exam papers for you to go through:
In terms of books, there are two types of books we suggest you take a look at. The first ones are our HSK vocabulary books, particularly our HSK 2 study guide with all 150 vocabularies. This guide allows you to learn vocabularies in combination with example sentences, which not only will make it easier for you to remember the vocabularies but also enables you to understand grammar and its application much quicker. Our HSK 1-6 Full Vocabulary Guide contains all 5000 HSK vocabularies grouped by level but without sentences. This book is great for you to make sure you know all 150 vocabularies of previous levels and can be of use for you up to the final HSK level 6.
The second type of books are HSK 2 mock exams. Those exams are very similar to the practice tests listed above but any one of those books usually contains a lot more of them. You can purchase those kinds of books in any good book shop if you are in Mainland China or on Amazon if you are living abroad.
Below you can find a list of all HSK 2 words with Pinyin and translation. For more extensive learning material, check out our HSK 2 Vocabulary Guide and other books at the end of the page. Those books not only provide vocabularies, but in the case of the HSK 2 Vocabulary Guide also contain example sentences that will help you understand and remember the 150 HSK 2 vocabularies even quicker. You can have a look at the example sentences in the book on our HSK 2 example sentences page.
|吧||ba||Particle: indicating suggestion|
|白||bái||Adjective: white, blank|
Adverb: free of charge, for nothing
|唱歌||chàng gē||Verb: to sing|
|出||chū||Verb: to go out, to exceed, to happen|
Measure Word: for dramas, plays, operas
|大家||dà jiā||Pronoun: everybody, all|
|打篮球||dǎ lán qiú||Verb: play basketball|
|到||dào||Verb: to arrive, to reach|
Relative Clause: to, until, up to
|房间||fáng jiān||Noun: room|
|非常||fēi cháng||Adverb: very|
|服务员||fú wù yuán||Noun: waiter, service personnel|
|高||gāo||Adjective: high, tall|
|告诉||gào su||Verb: to tell|
|哥哥||gē ge||Noun: older brother|
|孩子||hái zi||Noun: child|
|好吃||hǎo chī||Adjective: tasty, delicious|
|机场||jī chǎng||Noun: airport|
|鸡蛋||jī dàn||Noun: (chicken) egg|
|件||jiàn||Measure Word: for events, things, clothes, etc.|
|咖啡||kā fēi||Noun: coffee|
|开始||kāi shǐ||Noun: beginning|
Verb: to begin
|考试||kǎo shì||Noun: exam|
|离||lí||Verb: to leave, to be away from|
|两||liǎng||Number: two, some|
Measure Word: 50 gram
|卖||mài||Verb: to sell|
|您||nín||Pronoun: you (singular, polite)|
|牛奶||niú nǎi||Noun: cow milk|
|旁边||páng biān||Location: beside, aside|
|跑步||pǎo bù||Verb: to run|
|便宜||pián yi||Adjective: cheap, inexpensive|
|起床||qǐ chuáng||Verb: to get up (from bed)|
|妻子||qī zi||Noun: wife|
|让||ràng||Verb: to permit, to let sbd. do sth.|
|日||rì||Noun: day, sun|
|上班||shàng bān||Verb: to go to work, to start work|
|身体||shēn tǐ||Noun: body, health|
|生病||shēng bìng||Verb: to get sick|
|题||tí||Noun: question (of a test)|
Verb: to inscribe, to mention
|踢足球||tī zú qiú||Verb: to play football|
|外||wài||Adjective: foreign, external|
|完||wán||Verb: to finish|
|玩||wán||Verb: to play, to have fun|
|洗||xǐ||Verb: to wash|
|西瓜||xī guā||Noun: watermelon|
|希望||xī wàng||Noun: hope|
Verb: to hope, to wish
|眼睛||yǎn jing||Noun: eye|
|颜色||yán sè||Noun: colour|
|羊肉||yáng ròu||Noun: mutton|
|再||zài||Adverb: again, once more|
|早上||zǎo shang||Time: early morning|
|丈夫||zhàng fu||Noun: husband|
We have answered most of the general questions regarding HSK test on our HSK Frequently Asked Questions page. Below are a couple of questions and topics that are HSK 2 specific:
There are 100 points for each of the two parts available, 100 points for listening and 100 points for reading. Therefore, a score of 200 would be maximum points. 120 points are needed to pass HSK 2.
You can find the official HSK exam dates by going to the official HSK website from Hanban (Chinese only unfortunately, but a good learning experience). To make sense of that page, a couple of terms explained:
|新汉语水平考试(HSK)||This is the normal HSK test|
|新增汉语水平网络考试(HSK)||This refers to the new HSK online test|
|考试时间||Time of test|
|纸笔考试||Pen and paper test|
|成绩公布日期||Date the results come out|
Fees for HSK tests vary depending on country and test centre. When writing this article (March 27, 2019), the fee for HSK 2 at the Confucius Institute in Nebraska was USD 30, at Hong Kong University it was HKD 360. So costs do vary and will probably change over time, simply contact your test centre or teacher for more information.
Yes and no. There is now a 网络考试 available, however, to take that test, you would still have to go to a test centre that supports computer based HSK tests and take the test there. So strictly speaking, you would take the test online (as in on a website or web application), but not from the comfort of your home. For details on that it’s best to talk to your closest test centre.
You can use the “Search Test Center” functionality on Chinesetest.cn to look for a test centre closest to you. If you want to take the test on a computer, make sure the test centre supports that option.
You can either register online on Chinesetest.cn or directly at the test centre closest to you.