The content on this site is targeting the “old” HSK 2.0 test which is currently still in use for HSK level 5. We will add similar information for HSK 3.0 once available. For HSK 3.0 we do, however, already have a translated vocabulary list.
To quickly get you where you want to get, here are further pages for HSK 5 you might want to look at:
- HSK 5 Vocabulary List for HSK 2.0
- HSK 5 Youtube Video for HSK 2.0
- HSK 5 Vocabulary List for HSK 3.0
- HSK 5 Flashcards for HSK 2.0
- HSK 5 Flashcards for HSK 3.0
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
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.
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
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.
Questions 61-70: This section consists of a paragraph followed by four statements and you have to determine which of the statements fits best.
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
Questions 91-98: In each point you get a list of several words and need to construct a sentence using all words.
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. 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 Pinhok’s 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!
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:
- Confucius Institute of Manchester University
- Hanban / Chinesetest.cn
- Confucius Institute of Emory University
- China Education Center
HSK 5 books
In terms of books, there are plenty of books to choose from. For vocabulary books, you can go to our partner site Pinhok Languages to find their popular HSK vocabulary books. This should cover all vocabulary related needs you have.
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
To get an HSK 5 vocabulary list in book form, please you can go to our partner site Pinhok Languages to find their popular HSK vocabulary books. This should cover all vocabulary related needs you have.
You can also find all vocabularies for HSK 5 in our HSK 5 vocabulary list.
Finally, there’s also a Youtube video available containing all HSK 5 vocabularies so you can directly practice the pronunciation for all words.
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.