Best HSK preparation books

A selection of the best preparation material for the Chinese tests

Best Reference Book for HSK

To start with, a must: the complete lists of official words for the HSK tests. 5,000 terms in Chinese, properly indexed for each list, with pinyin, main meaning and related HSK level from 1 to 6. An all-in-one essential book to keep with you at anytime.

Content for each of these books:

  • HSK level 1 vocab list (150 new words)

  • HSK level 2 vocab list (150 new words)

  • HSK level 3 vocab list (300 new words)

  • HSK level 4 vocab list (600 new words)

  • HSK level 5 vocab list (1,300 new words)

  • HSK level 6 vocab list (2,500 new words)

  • Index (5,000 words in total)

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HSK Graded Stories

Read stories which only contain HSK words of your target level. This book is 100% certified to contain only Chinese characters from the HSK 1 Vocabulary list. As a bilingual book, it also offers the pinyin and the English translation. Ideal to learn and practice faster.


Best mock exams books for HSK

This selection of books is 100% dedicated to the HSK test for a specific level. They offer a great simulation of the actual tests. Authors are experienced TCSL teachers who follow the requirements of the New Chinese Proficiency Test HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) managed by Hanban. The proposed tests are identical to those used in preparation classes and participants to the tests have reported enhanced success to their examination thanks to this collection.

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Best Books for learning Chinese Vocabulary & Grammar

If you need more fundamental training for the HSK, for learning grammar or building up your vocabulary for instance, we recommend the very practical books of Zhou Xiaogeng (周晓更), one of the most skilled experts and author of bestsellers for foreign learners of Mandarin Chinese.

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Best Book for real beginners who do not know how to read Chinese

You are not ready for the HSK, because you are just beginning with learning Chinese? The first approach may be to demystify your fear about the complexity of Chinese characters, and we know this book can help you see your first Chinese characters in a complete different way.