New HSK 7-9 Full Vocabulary List | Free Downloadable PDF

December 16, 2022

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Now that you have the HSK 7-9 vocabulary list, here are a few things you should know about the HSK 7-9 exam.

How many Chinese words do you need to know to pass the HSK 7-9?

You are required to know a total of 11092 words to pass the HSK 7-9, which is 5636 words on top of what you would have learned from HSK1-6 under the new HSK 3.0.

Here is a level-by-level breakdown of what the requirements will look like under the new HSK in comparison to the current HSK along with the corresponding skills:

HSK Level Current Vocabulary Requirement New HSK Vocabulary requirement Skills
HSK 1 150 500 Understand and use basic words and phrases
HSK 2 300 1272 Communicate simply on daily topics
HSK 3 600 2245 Communicate on most basic topics related to life, work, and study
HSK 4 1200 3245 Discuss a wide range of topics fluently in common situations
HSK 5 2500 4316 Read Chinese newspapers and magazines and watch Chinese TV and movies
HSK 6 5000 5456 Understand most of what you read and hear and can express yourself fluently
HSK7-9 - 11092 Communicate fluently on various topics, and conduct professional translation work

Why were the HSK 7-9 added to the new HSK 3.0

According to many linguists, the current HSK levels do not accurately reflect foreign language skills as defined by the Common European Framework or CEF levels.

For example, some sinologists argue that the most advanced level of the current HSK - HSK 6 - would fall somewhere between the B2 and C1 CEFR levels, but the new HSK7-9 will correspond more closely to the CEFR’s C1-C2 levels.

The new HSK will address this issue by redefining Chinese proficiency under 3 bands, each comprised of 3 levels, for a total of 9 levels:


What does the HSK 7-9 exam structure look like?

The HSK 7-9 exam includes 5 sections with 98 questions in total:

  • Listening: 40 questions
  • Reading: 47 questions
  • Writing: 2 questions
  • Translation: 4 questions
  • Speaking: 5 questions

Below is a chart detailing the contents of each section of the HSK 7-9 exam:

Test Section
(total questions)
Test Content Test Type Number of Questions
Part1 News reports, business negotiations, debates, interviews, speeches, lectures, documentaries, conference talks, etc. Right or Wrong 10
Part2 Choose of Fill in the correct answer 12
Part3 Choose of Fill in the correct answer 18
Part1 News reports, popular science articles, investigation reports, academic literature, Chinese culture, general situations, etc Choose the correct answers 28
Part2 Put the content in the correct order 5
Part3 Answer brief questions 14
Part1 Describe and analyze charts. Express and demonstrate your own perspective and opinions based on the given aspects Chart (200 words) 1
Part2 Topic (600 words) 1
Part1 Translate or interpret different genres of materials in foreign languages into Chinese such as expository essays, narrative essays, arguments, etc. Written 2
Part2 Spoken 2
Part1 Retell or express your own perspectives and opinions based on the given essays, including practical essays, narrative essays, and argumentative essays. Read and Speak 1
Part2 Answer questions based on the given materials 3
Part3 Express perspectives and opinions 1

How long is the HSK 7-9

The HSK 7-9 exam is about 210 minutes long in total. Each of the sections last:

  • Listening: 30 minutes
  • Reading: 60 minutes
  • Writing: 55 minutes
  • Translation: 41 minutes
  • Speaking: 24 minutes

Only one exam session has been held so far, which was arranged according to the following schedule:

Test Section Test Time
MORNING Listening 9:00 – 9:30
Reading 9:30 – 10:30
10 minutes break 10:30 – 10:40
Writing 10:40 – 11:35
Written translation 11:35 – 12:10
AFTERNOON Spoken translation and Speaking 14:00 – 14:30