ELI5: Explain Like I'm 5


HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) stands for the Chinese Proficiency Test. It is an international standardized exam which tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It is used by people all over the world to prove their level of Chinese skills. HSK has 6 levels, and each one is harder than the last. You start with level 1 to show you know basic Chinese words and phrases, and then you can move up to higher levels if you want to prove you know more advanced Chinese language skills.