With March 2022 having come and gone, one burning question is on all Chinese learners’ lips: did the new HSK 3.0 come out as it was supposed to? Short answer: Yes, sort of, but only for the higher levels. And also no, for the HSK 1-6. Dive in, learner, because this is juicy.
Early last year, in 2021, the Chinese Testing Center sent the Chinese learning world into a frenzy.
They announced there would be a new HSK 3.0. 9 new HSK levels instead of the 6 existing ones, a full revamp of the content in each level, and a whopping addition of 3,000 words to learn. The new HSK 3.0 promised to bring with it a lot of changes for Chinese learners everywhere.
A key date in the introduction of the new HSK 3.0 was: March 2022.
What was supposed to happen to the HSK in March 2022?
In March 2022, as we wrote here, testing for the higher levels (HSK 7, HSK 8, and HSK 9) would officially start.
But… April 1st went by, and this was no April fool’s joke: there was nothing new regarding the new HSK 3.0. Higher-level tests had definitely not started. The most advanced HSK level was still HSK 6.
Granted, Covid and the pandemic have put a foil on everyone’s plans and delayed many things. So, quite understandably, March 2022 was a deadline that wasn’t met.
Fast forward to now (November 2022), and the situation is pretty much the same. Almost. Things are slowly changing. Finally!
Update on HSK 3.0 November 2022: Mostly nothing new for HSK 1-6 BUT some news
So far, there has been no news on a possible new release date for HSK 3.0 for levels 1 through 6.
No official testing material, no official lists aside from what was released last year as part of the “Standard” for learning.
So don’t believe all the sites that say they have an update: there’s none. Or, actually, that’s the update. HSK 1 to 6 will remain exactly the same as they are now.
I repeat: no changes to come in the next 2 to 3 years regarding the HSK 1-6. They will remain exactly the same.
What does that mean?
This means the HSK 2.0 is still the most up-to-date system of Chinese proficiency tests. HSK 1 through HSK 6 tests won’t be changing, and HSK 1-6 learning content won’t be modified.
That’s the official word: no HSK 3.0 in sight, for now, for levels HSK1 to 6. In 2 to 3 years, there’ll be a “gradual adaptation of the HSK 1-6 levels to meet the new “Standards”. No deadline has been given for that, either. Wait and see, people, wait and see.
Of course, we’ll keep monitoring the situation. So in the meantime, relax. Keep on studying as you have been.
We will be the first to let you know if anything changes on that HSK 3.0 front. In a couple of years.
Testing begins for HSK 7, HSK 8 and HSK 9
There’s finally news regarding the new advanced HSK 7 to 9 levels.
The very first HSK 7-9 “test” test is said to have taken place! On November 26th, 2022, to be precise.
Yes, test singular, since it’s one single test for all three new levels. Then, based on your results, you’re told which new HSK level you belong to.
Here’s an official description of the HSK 7 to 9 test’s goals (link in Mandarin Chinese), and more info about the test format.
That’s all we know so far.
What else is new HSK? (April 2022 update)
That doesn’t mean, though, that nothing else is new in the HSK World!
What’s new (since the end of 2021) is that you can take your HSK test at home, from the comfort of your own living room. That’s, of course, if you don’t have an HSK testing center nearby. For details and calendar dates of upcoming HSK Tests, read this.
Lastly, we’re also very proud to announce that you can now prepare for the complete HSK 6 on NInchanese! Wet finished adding the very last HSK 6 content, and it’s all there for you to study!
The Nincha Team