HSK 5: All You Need To Know About HSK Test Level 5

With 2500 vocabularies (1200 of previous levels + 1300 HSK 5 vocabularies), HSK 5 requires a level of Chinese that allows students to read newspapers and watch movies without too much problems. This HSK 5 study guide provides all the information you need to get started preparing for HSK 5 including all HSK 5 vocabularies with Pinyin and English translations.

Content

HSK 5 exam structure
How to prepare for HSK 5
HSK 5 vocabulary list
Taking the test

HSK 5 exam structure

The HSK 5 test is structured into a listening, reading and writing part. The exam lasts about 125 minutes starting with 5 minutes of filling in your personal details on the exam sheet followed by around 30 minutes for listening, a 5 minute gap for answering listening questions, 45 minutes for reading and 40 minutes for writing. The listening part consists of a total of 45 questions, reading also has 45 questions to answer and writing finishes things up with 10 questions/tasks. Below we have laid out the test structure in more detail so you know what to expect:

HSK 5 listening part

HSK 5 Listening Part 1 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Questions 1-20: You listen to a dialog between two people followed by a question asked by a third voice, the whole sequence is played once only. You then need to determine which of the options presented to you on the exam paper best answers the question.

HSK 5 Listening Part 2 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Questions 21-45: You listen to a 4-5 sentence long dialog or monologue once followed by 1-2 questions. You then have to determine which of the answers on the exam paper fits best.

HSK 5 reading part

HSK 5 Reading Part 1 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Questions 46-60: You get presented with a paragraph with multiple gaps. For each of the gaps you need to pick the word or phrase that fits best.

HSK 5 Reading Part 2 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Questions 61-70: This section consists of a paragraph followed by four statements and you have to determine which of the statements fits best.

HSK 5 Reading Part 3 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Questions 71-90: For the final part of reading you get shorter articles or stories and have to answer several questions for each of the articles.

HSK 5 writing part

HSK 5 Writing Part 1 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Questions 91-98: In each point you get a list of several words and need to construct a sentence using all words.

HSK 5 Writing Part 2 (Source: China Education Center Mock Test HSK 5)

Question 99: You get a number of words and are required to use to those words to write a short 80-character article.

Question 100: You are presented with a picture and need to write a short 80-character article based on that picture.

How to prepare for HSK 5

There is no right or wrong way to prepare for HSK 5. The most important thing is to familiarize yourself with all 1300 HSK 5 vocabularies (on top of 1200 HSK 1, 2, 3 and 4 vocabularies, so a total of 2500 words and phrases) and the exam itself. Here are a few things that might help with that:

HSK 5 flashcards

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. Therefore, allow us to present you with two options we think work best:

Number one is 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 and search for something like “HSK 5 vocabulary flashcards”. You should be able to find a deck that helps you with learning all 1300 HSK 5 words.

Option 2 is Quizlet which is the number 1 option for flashcards online. In cooperation with Quizlet, Pinhok Languages provides a set with all 1300 HSK 5 vocabularies for purchase here. Alternatively, you can also use free user generated sets and decks.

HSK 5 practice tests

Once you have internalized all 1300 HSK 5 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:

HSK 5 books

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 5 study guide with all 1300 vocabularies.

The second type of books are HSK 5 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.

HSK 5 vocabulary list

Below you can find a list of all HSK 5 words with Pinyin and translation. You can also get the learning material in book or ebook form with our HSK 5 study guide or the full HSK 1-6 Full Vocabulary Guide.

A


āiParticle: uh (sigh)
āiExpression: to express surprise
爱护ài hùVerb: to cherish, to take good care of

B


把握bǎ wòNoun: assurance
Verb: to grasp, to hold
bǎiNoun: pendulum
Verb: to put, to place, to arrange
办理bàn lǐVerb: to handle, to conduct

C


cǎiVerb: to stamp on, to step, to press a pedal
财产cái chǎnNoun: property, possession
采访cǎi fǎngVerb: to interview, to gather news

D


达到dá dàoVerb: to achieve, to reach, to attain
大方dà fangAdjective: generous, of good taste
打工dǎ gōngNoun: a part time job
Verb: to work (temporary or casual)

E


恶劣è lièAdjective: very bad, vile, disgusting
ēn, èn, enExpression: nonverbal expression of astonishment or approval (depending on tone)
耳环ěr huánNoun: earring

F


发表fā biǎoVerb: to issue, to publish
发愁fā chóuVerb: to worry, to be anxious
发达fā dáVerb: to develop
Adjective: developed (country, etc.)

G


gàiNoun: cover
Verb: to cover
改革gǎi géNoun: reform
Verb: to reform
改进gǎi jìnNoun: improvement
Verb: to improve

H


Expression: haha, laughter
海关hǎi guānNoun: customs
海鲜hǎi xiānNoun: seafood

J


基本jī běnAdjective: basic, fundamental
及格jí géVerb: to pass a test
集合jí héNoun: congregation
Verb: to gather, to assemble

K


卡车kǎ chēNoun: truck, lorry
开发kāi fāVerb: to develop (e.g. IT), to exploit (a resource)
开放kāi fàngVerb: to open up (for public, etc.)

L


辣椒là jiāoNoun: hot pepper, chili
lánVerb: to block, to hinder
lànVerb: to rot
Adjective: rotten, mushy, soft

M


Noun: abuse
Verb: to abuse, to curse
麦克风mài kè fēngNoun: microphone
馒头mán touNoun: steamed bun

N


哪怕nǎ pàConjunction: even if
难怪nán guàiExpression: no wonder (that)
难免nán miǎnAdjective: hard to avoid, unavoidable

O


偶然ǒu ránAdverb: accidentally, by chance
欧洲Ōu zhōuNoun: Europe

P


pàiNoun: school, group, pi (π)
Verb: to send, to assign
pāiVerb: to clap, to slap, to take (a photo)
盼望pàn wàngVerb: to hope for, to look forward to

Q


期待qī dàiNoun: expectation
Verb: to look forward to
启发qǐ fāNoun: inspiration, enlightenment
Verb: to inspire, to enlighten
气氛qì fēnNoun: atmosphere, mood

R


燃烧rán shāoVerb: to burn, to kindle
ràoVerb: to wind, to coil (around), to go around
热爱rè àiVerb: to love ardently, to adore

S


Verb: to sprinkle, to spray
嗓子sǎng ziNoun: throat, voice
色彩sè cǎiNoun: colour, colouring, tint

T


太极拳tài jí quánNoun: shadowboxing, Taiji
台阶tái jiēNoun: stairs, step
太太tài taiNoun: wife, Madame, Mrs.

W


wāiAdjective: crooked, devious
外公wài​ gōngNoun: maternal grandfather
外交wài jiāoNoun: diplomacy, foreign affairs

X


Noun: system, department
细节xì jiéNoun: detail, particulars
戏剧xì jùNoun: drama, play, theatre

Y


牙齿yá chǐNoun: tooth
押金yā jīnNoun: deposit, down payment
延长yán chángVerb: to prolong, to extend

Z


灾害zāi hàiNoun: calamity, disaster
在乎zài huVerb: to care about, to mind, to be determined by
再三zài sānAdverb: again and again

Taking the test

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 5 specific:

HSK 5 scores

There are 100 points for each of the three parts available, 100 points for listening, 100 points for reading and 100 points for writing. Therefore, a score of 300 would be maximum points. 180 points are needed to pass HSK 5.

HSK 5 exam dates

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).

How much does HSK 5 cost?

Fees for HSK tests vary depending on country and test centre. When writing this article (March 27, 2019), the fee for HSK 5 at the Confucius Institute in Nebraska was USD 60, at Hong Kong University it was HKD 760. So costs do vary and will probably change over time, simply contact your test centre or teacher for more information.

Can I take HSK 5 online?

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.

Where can I take the HSK 5 test?

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.

How can I register for HSK 5?

You can either register online on Chinesetest.cn or directly at the test centre closest to you.

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