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60+ Practical HSK Prep Resources for Conquering Your Exam Goals

You’re about to take the HSK test to assess your Chinese skills, and you want to be well prepared.

As an HSK test taker, you’ll need to explore resources beyond the official Chinese testing site, which is where you can register for the HSK and check your score. 

We’d know because we’ve been there—our Chinese language team includes Chinese learners who’ve passed various HSK tests (to the point of even living in China now), plus our founder who’s fluent in Chinese. 

In this guide, we’ve pooled together the best HSK prep materials we could find.

We picked the resources based on several criteria: official resources compiled by Hanban first, but also the quality of the content, good customer reviews, and well-known publishers (like the Beijing Language and Culture University Press). 

With the 60+ HSK prep resources below, you’re all set to build a solid study routine and aim high with the HSK!

Contents

HSK Course Books

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Since the HSK tests your grammar, vocabulary, listening and other skills, it helps to have an HSK course book that you can use as a reference. Think of it as a checklist: are you comfortable with all of the concepts listed in the book?  

Resources:

HSK Word Lists and Flashcards

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To get a good score on the HSK, you’d want to know all of the vocabulary for your level, which is where HSK word and character lists come in. And if you need to learn new words, HSK flashcards are a great study tool.

Resources: 

  • HSK东西’s HSK Word Lists — This website lists down all of the words and even characters for each HSK level, with the option to download them on Skritter.
  • Huamake’s HSK Lists (with Definitions) — Click on any of the characters listed here, and you’ll be taken to a thorough dictionary entry, including the character’s radical components and words where it’s used. 
  • “Reading and Writing Chinese” — You’ll want to keep this reference textbook around because it covers all of the 2,000+ characters that are required from HSK 1 to 6. 
  • Chinese Flash Cards Kit (Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3) — If you prefer physical flashcards, these boxed sets might work well for you, with native-speaker recordings and a study booklet included. 
  • HSK Flashcards — Instead of making flashcards from scratch, you can practice with these online flashcards for all HSK levels. 
  • Memrise Memrise is a language learning app that includes several crowdsourced HSK decks for its Chinese program. 
  • FluentU — FluentU’s Chinese program comes in handy for listening and vocabulary practice. You can create your own flashcards based on the interactive subtitles from the native media clips or study through the premade HSK-themed decks, complete with pronunciation, definitions, example sentences and related video clips.
  • Chinese in Flow — This is a game that’s based on the vocabulary for HSK Levels 1 to 3. 

Chinese Grammar Resources

It’s said a lot that Chinese grammar is simple, but you’d know how tricky it actually gets if you’re taking the HSK.

These books feature detailed explanations of important grammar points in Chinese. They also include plenty of example sentences and exercises so you can absorb each grammar concept properly.

Resources:  

HSK Mock Tests and Sample Exams 

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One of the best ways to prepare for the HSK is to keep taking mock tests. Try doing a mock test before you dive into studying, and then use that as a benchmark.

The mock tests below cover all aspects of the HSK, including listening and writing, so there’s a lot to practice!

Resources: 

  • “Level 6 HSK: Real Test Collection of New Chinese Proficiency” — This collection of mock tests is available at all levels, and it’s published by Hanban itself. 
  • “Model Test for the New HSK” (Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6) — Each book includes five unique sample exams with answer keys, with a listening section that’s said to be tougher than in the HSK.  
  • “HSK in 30 Days” (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Level 6) — For a one-month study plan, you can test out your skills with these HSK prep books, which feature five tests each. 
  • My eChinese — You can take online HSK mock tests here, plus there are also specific exercises for reading, writing and listening. 
  • Silk Road — This informative website contains online HSK mock tests along with comprehensive information about the HSK, HSKK and other official Chinese language tests.   
  • Visual Mandarin — Choose your level (beginner, elementary, intermediate or advanced), then browse through the exercises for several HSK sample tests. 
  • China Education Center — In addition to HSK mock exams, you’ll find actual HSK tests from the past here. You can even select previous test questions for specific skills like writing or listening.  

Other Resources for HSK Prep

Aside from all the grammar resources and sample tests above, you’ll also benefit from practicing with graded readers, especially since half of the HSK test involves reading under time pressure.

The graded readers listed here range from beginner to advanced, so you’ll find at least one that suits your level. 

Beginner to Lower Intermediate: 

Upper Intermediate to Advanced:

 

And that’s it! We’ve come to the end of this guide. On top of these helpful HSK prep books and websites, you can also do on-the-go studying and practice with mock tests on your phone.

Thanks so much for reading, and good luck with your exam!

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