Some time ago, I passed HSK3 (score: 297/300), so I would like to prepare for HSK4. I already have word lists and grammar books, but my question is specifically about the listening part of HSK4.

HSK4's listening part is considerably more difficult than in HSK3, not just because is assumes more grammar and vocabulary, but also because each dialogue is played only once (as opposed to two times in HSK3).

Are there any recommendations on how to prepare for this, especially from people who have passed HSK3?

不久前我通过了HSK3考试(得到了297分,满分300分),所以我想准备HSK4考试。我 已经有词汇和语法书,但我的问题主要在HSK4的听力部分。 HSK4的听力部分明显比HSK3的(听力部分)难,不仅因为有更多的语法和词汇,而 且每段对话只放一遍(HSK3是放两遍)。 有哪些好的建议来更好地准备考试吗,尤其是那些已经通过HSK4考试的人的建议?

(Note: I am not asking for descriptions of the HSK test — I already know the Hanban website etc. and I have already taken HSK3 — or word lists.)


Chinese HSK Level 4 is intended for those who can easily communicate in Mandarin across all aspects of their daily lives. The test time is 105 minutes. Learners will be introduced to many social and informal situations and learn up to 1200 words and some basic grammar points for listening, speaking and writing. Students should be able to converse easily with native Chinese speakers at this level.

You only need learn up to 600 words for HSK3, but HSK 4 requires 1200 words, so vocabulary is a big problem. You should spend more time to learn Chinese vocabulary.

HSK 4 includes listening, reading and writing parts. The skills and tips of gap filling, picture writing, make sentences with words and sort words are very important, they can save you time and tell you how to prepare and practice HSK 4 more effective. I recommend you some free videos to get these tips for HSK4.

HSK 4 listening part practice and skills

HSK 4 writing part-make sentences with words

HSK 4 writing part- picture writing

HSK 4 reading part- gap filling

  • Thanks for the effort, but your answer completely misses the point: I am not asking for a general description of HSK, but just for resources to practise listening skills. – user800 Jul 29 '16 at 10:28
  • In general, there are two types of listening resources available, in this case textbooks or native sources (such as CCTV, radio, Chinese YouTube counterparts, etc.). Textbook audio goes nice and slow and you'll have a script to read along with; online resources are more convenient and more suitable for higher level students. I recommend this link, you can find 6 free resources to practice listening skills. onlinechineselearning.com/resource/… – greglow Aug 4 '16 at 9:17

HSK (abbreviation of Hàn yǔ Shuǐ píng Kǎo shì) is a standardized test for non-native speakers to calculate their Chinese proficiency ability. It can be divided into 6 levels with corresponding requirements in the quantity of Chinese vocabulary and influency. Today, we are going to talk about hsk 4 like what hsk level 4 is, hsk 4 vocabulary list, and hsk 4 preparation.

  1. What is HSK 4?

HSK 4 (also named Chinese hsk level 4) is the fourth level of HSK text. It requires you master at least 1,200 Chinese words and can communicate with native Chinese fluently. In recent years, it is gradually considered as the passport and prerequisite to study in China and apply for scholarship of Chinese universities. Besides, you are more likely to get promotion and raise salary in the international company if you achieved hsk 4 certificates.

  1. What is HSK 4 Scoring System?

HSK 4 exam consists of listening, reading and writing three parts. 100 questions in total. You have to finish these questions in one hour and forty five minutes. To pass the exam, you have to achieve the a score more than the baseline of each parts, like listening 29-37 scores, grammar 28-36 scores, reading 30-38 scores and the comprehensive part 28-36 scores. The higher, the better.

  1. HSK 4 Vocabulary List

The number of Chinese vocabulary for HSK 4 is set at 1,200. Download the vocabulary list from the Internet and practice them like pronunciations, writing and meanings. I’m sure you can find them easily. If you can’t find hsk level 4 vocabulary list, you can message me you email and I will send you the vocabulary list document.

  1. How to Prepare HSK 4 Test?

To figure out how to prepare HSK 4 exam, you need to make it clear what HSK 4 will test like the vocabulary, hsk 4 grammar, and understanding the sentence. I suggest you practicing with the help of HSK 4 mock test and previous HSK 4 test paper. Actually it’s not difficult to find some either. You can download documents or pdf from the Internet or you can buy some.

  • This answer does not answer the question. In fact, the question explicitly says, "I am not asking for descriptions of the HSK test". – user800 Jan 27 '18 at 18:38

So you are looking for recommended methods and resources to prepare for the listening part of HSK4?

In my opinion, this is a very difficult task for most people who are not familiar with the Chinese language yet. It is best to take the knowledge slowly and bit by bit than to absorb 1.200 words in a short time… last option will be more difficult keep remembering the words.

Several websites provide suitable Mandarin Chinese packages per HSK. I found the following for HSK 4 that you are looking for:

**Hanban or Chinesetest website Of course the official HSK website from Hanban is also providing materials and tests online for HSK 4.

HSK Chinese language package HSK 4 HSK Survival packages including up-to-date words list, pinyin pronunciation, example sentences and official HSK exams including audio tracks. Find here: HSK4 Survival Package (https://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/template/BZCBT/)

**HSK official vocabulary books 4 ** HSK 3 vocabulary, you may buy some book on synonyms for example www.amazon.cn

Online HSK 4 exams Try to find online HSK 3 exams. Unfortunately, most don’t have the important AUDIO track. HSK4 Chinese Exam including Audio & Answers # HSK H41001 All HSK mock tests for HSK 4 are here including audio and answers (http://www.allbusinesstemplates.com/topic/LAYZZ/)

HSK 3 flashcards online Great for online Flashcards, also for HSK 3 www.hskflashcards.com

HSK Academy online HSK 4: 600 vocabulary words in hanzi, pinyin, www.hsk.academy/en/hsk_4

**eChineseLearning.com ** Online tutoring service, suitable for additional classes online.

So many options available for HSK 4, which will definitely require practice to keep the level up.

  • Thanks for your answer. You write, "a difficult task for most people who are not familiar with the Chinese language yet". My question pointed out that I have already taken HSK3. – user800 Jul 19 '17 at 12:50

here are some tips and advice in working though the HSK 4 exercises. and here are the videos about how you can prepare for the hsk 4 exams in every part, it will very helpful for you: http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/course/demo/hsk_4

Section 1- True or false questions based on given phrases.

In the HSK4 Listening part, there are four sections. The first section is a True or False questionnaire based on 10 recordings. All the recordings consist of one phrase, but be careful because the length of the sentence varies. So it’s very important to catch the key word(s) that will alter the meaning of the sentence, for example, "可是/不过/但是", "并且/而且", "不但...而且", "否则", and "还是" etc. To handle these items, you will be required to be very familiar with the vocabulary of HSK-4, and be able to understand these phrases and relation with the sentence given in the question. Further, conjunction words will help you clear the confusion and make the right judgment. You should first read the sentence and get a general understanding. Then listen to the recordings and capture the key words.

Be very familiar with the vocabulary of HSK 4, and be able to understand these phrases and relation with the sentence given in the question. And these conjunction words will help you clear the confusion and make the right judgment. You should firstly read the sentence given and get a general understanding of them in their mind. Then listen to the recordings and capture the keywords. Section 2- Listen to the recordings and choose the right answer.

The second section of HSK-1 Listening is choosing the correct answer from three selections based on 15 recordings. The contents of the listening are dialogues consisting of two sentences. To handle these, you need to understand the question being asked after the dialogue. Normally, there will be these types of questions:

  1. 关于男的/女的,可以知道什么?(What can we know about the man/woman?)
  2. 根据对话,可以知道什么?(What can we learn from the conversation?)
  3. 男的/女的是什么意思?(What does the man/woman mean?)
  4. 他们最可能在哪里?/ 做什么?(Where are they the most possible?)

Basically, the second section is to test your ability to understand the main idea of the dialogue. So you should try your best to catch the verb(s) in the dialogue, which normally carry the main meaning of the sentence. Section 3- Choose the right answer based on the given dialogue.

The third section of HSK-4 Listening is choosing the correct response from four choices based on 20 recordings. The contents of the listening are dialogues consisting of five sentences.

Before the third section of the HSK4 Listening begins, you should carefully observe the four answers to know beforehand what the question will be like. For instance:

  1. If the answers are name of places and the question is about ‘在哪里?/ 去哪里?’, then you should pay special attention when they talk about the place. 2.If the answers are abstract nouns and the question is about the topic of the dialogue, then you should listen carefully to what are they mainly talking about and write some words you have heard and find the connection.
  2. If the question is about the details and the question should be asking the time, accompany, feeling of the people, etc.
  • Thanks for your answer. However, I wrote in my question that "I am not asking for descriptions of the HSK test". I just want resources to practice listening skills. That familiarity with vocabulary is required is obvious. – user800 Jul 19 '17 at 12:54

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