Contents: We’ve put together this short guide to Chinese students essential info about the HSK 4. There are also 3 quiz sheets which you can use to test your recall of this level’s vocabulary from English-to-Chinese (Pinyin & Hanzi) and Chinese-to-English. 

  1. HSK 4 Introduction
  2. How to Pass the HSK 4
  3. HSK 4 Vocabulary List
  4. Downloadable HSK 4 Vocab List + Quiz Sheets

1. Intro to the HSK 4 Test

The HSK 4 is the fourth stage of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, or Chinese Proficiency Test. It test test-takers’ knowledge of 1200 words in total, or 600 more than the HSK 3. 

The HSK 4 is the first of the six Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi levels be described as testing one’s language abilities to a high standard. That means you should be fairly comfortable in everyday conversation at this point. One thing to note is that unlike the HSK 3 or HSK 5, which have 10 writing questions, the HSK 4 has 15. That means you should be well-prepared to spend some time writing during this test. 

Once you’ve passed the HSK 4, you should be able to converse with Mandarin speakers about a large range of topics. 

To find out which apps you can use to speed up your Mandarin learning, check out this blog post.

2. How to Pass the HSK 4

Students often note that the path from HSK 3 to HSK 4 is a steeper slope than the previous levels. You’ll be required to learn 600 new words. Furthermore, many of these words aren’t used frequently in everyday conversation. For example, 流泪 (to shed tears) and 养成 (cultivate). 

According to official estimates, the learning to the HSK 4 level takes the equivalent of 4 university semesters, or two years of study. 

3. HSK 4 Vocabulary Full List

Below is the new HSK 4 Vocabulary List, and at the bottom of the page you can find the complete list.  

ABC
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ChinesePinyinEnglish
2
爱情àiqínglove
3
安排ānpáiarrange
4
安全ānquánsecurity
5
àndark
6
按时ànshíon time
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按照ànzhàoaccording to
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包括bāokuòinclude
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保护bǎohùprotect
10
保证bǎozhèngensure
11
bàohold
12
抱歉bàoqiànsorry
13
报道bàodàoreport
14
报名bàomíngsign up
15
bèitimes
16
本来běnláioriginally
17
bènstupid
18
笔记本bǐjìběnnotebook
19
毕业bìyègraduation
20
biàn(one/two) time(s)
21
标准biāozhǔnstandard
22
表达biǎodáExpression
23
表格biǎogéform
24
表扬biǎoyángpraise
25
饼干bǐnggāncookies
26
并且bìngqiěalso
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博士bóshìdoctor
28
不但bùdànnot only
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不过bùguòhowever
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不得不bùdé bùhave to
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不管bùguǎnno matter
32
不仅bùjǐnnot only
33
部分bùfèna part
34
wipe
35
cāiguess
36
材料cáiliàomaterial
37
参观cānguānvisit
38
差不多chàbùduōalmost
39
chángtaste
40
长城chángchéngGreat Wall
41
长江chángjiāngYangtze River
42
chǎngsite
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超过chāoguòexceed
44
chǎonoisy
45
成功chénggōngsuccess
46
成熟chéngshúmature
47
成为chéngwéibecome
48
诚实chéngshíhonest
49
乘坐chéngzuòride
50
吃惊chījīngbe amazed
51
重新chóngxīnagain
52
抽烟chōuyānsmoking
53
出差chūchāibusiness trip
54
出发chūfāset out
55
出生chūshēngbirth
56
传真chuánzhēnfax
57
窗户chuānghùwindow
58
词典cídiǎndictionary
59
从来cóngláialways
60
粗心cūxīncareless
61
答案dá'ànanswer
62
打扮dǎbàndress up
63
打扰dǎrǎodisturb
64
打印dǎyìnprint
65
打折dǎzhédiscount
66
打针dǎzhēninject
67
大概dàgàiprobably
68
大使馆dàshǐ guǎnembassy
69
大约dàyuēabout
70
dàiwear
71
代表dàibiǎorepresentative
72
代替dàitìreplace
73
大夫dàfūdoctor
74
dāngwhen
75
当地dāng dìlocal
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当时dāngshíat that time
77
dāoknife
78
导游dǎoyóuguide
79
dàoreach
80
到处dàochùeverywhere
81
到底dàodǐto the end
82
道歉dàoqiànapologize
83
得意déyìproud
84
等 (动)děng (dòng)wait (verb)
85
等 (助)děng (zhù)Etc.
86
bottom
87
地球dìqiúearth
88
地址dìzhǐaddress
89
diàofall
90
调查diàocháinvestigation
91
diūlose
92
动作dòngzuòaction
93
堵车dǔchētraffic jam
94
肚子dùzibelly
95
duànbreak
96
对话duìhuàdialogue
97
对面duìmiànOpposite side
98
dùnMeal
99
duǒclassifier of flower
100
érand
101
儿童értóngchildren
102
send out
103
发生fāshēnghappen
104
发展fāzhǎndevelopment
105
法律fǎlǜlaw
106
翻译fānyìtranslate
107
烦恼fánnǎoannoyance
108
反对fǎnduìopposition
109
反映fǎnyìngreflect
110
范围fànwéiRange
111
方法fāngfǎmethod
112
方面fāngmiànaspect
113
方向fāngxiàngdirection
114
访问fǎngwènvisit
115
放弃fàngqìgive up
116
放暑假fàng shǔjiàsummer vacation
117
分之fēn zhīpercent
118
fènshare (measure word)
119
丰富fēngfùrich
120
风景fēngjǐngscenery
121
否则fǒuzéotherwise
122
符合fúhéaccord with
123
rich
124
父亲fùqīnfather
125
复印fùyìnto copy
126
复杂fùzácomplex
127
负责fùzébe responsible for
128
改变gǎibiànchange
129
干杯gānbēiCheers!
130
干燥gānzàodry
131
感动gǎndòngbe moved
132
感觉gǎnjuéfeel
133
感情gǎnqíngfeeling
134
感谢gǎnxièMany thanks
135
gāndry
136
刚刚gānggāngjust
137
高级gāojísenior
138
various
139
个子gè ziheight
140
公里gōnglǐkilometre
141
工具gōngjùtool
142
工资gōngzīwages
143
共同gòngtóngcommon
144
gòuenough
145
购物gòuwùShopping
146
孤单gūdānalone
147
估计gūjìestimate
148
鼓励gǔlìencourage
149
鼓掌gǔzhǎngapplause
150
顾客gùkècustomer
151
故意gùyìdeliberately
152
guàhang
153
关键guānjiànkey
154
观众guānzhòngAudience
155
管理guǎnlǐAdministration
156
guānglight
157
广播guǎngbòRadio broadcast
158
广告guǎnggàoAdvertisement
159
guàngStroll
160
规定guīdìngRegulations
161
国际guójìinternational
162
果然guǒ ránSure enough
163
过 (动)guò (dòng)pass
164
过 (助)guò (zhù)Over
165
过程guòchéngprocess
166
海洋hǎiyángocean
167
害羞hàixiūShy
168
寒假hánjiàThe winter vacation
169
hànsweat
170
航班hángbānflight
171
好处hǎochùbenefit
172
好像hǎoxiàngBe like, seem
173
号码hàomǎnumber
174
合格hégéqualified
175
合适héshìappropriate
176
盒子héziBox
177
猴子hóuziMonkey
178
hòuthick
179
后悔hòuhuǐregret
180
后来hòuláilater
181
忽然hūránsuddenly
182
护士hùshìNurse
183
互相hùxiāngeach other
184
怀疑huáiyídoubt
185
回忆huíyìMemory
186
活动huódòngactivity
187
活泼huópōlively
188
huǒfire
189
获得huòdéGet
190
基础jīchǔBasics
191
激动jīdòngExcited
192
积极jījípositive
193
积累jīlěiaccumulation
194
极其jíqíextremely
195
集合jíhéaggregate
196
及时jíshítimely
197
即使jíshǐeven if
198
send
199
记者jìzhěReporter
200
计划jìhuàplan
201
既然jìránalthough
202
技术jìshùtechnology
203
继续jìxùContinue
204
家具jiājùfurniture
205
加班jiābānovertime work
206
加油站jiāyóu zhànGas station
207
jiǎfalse
208
价格jiàgéPrice
209
坚持jiānchíInsist
210
减肥jiǎnféiReduce weight
211
减少jiǎnshǎoreduce
212
将来jiāngláifuture
213
奖金jiǎngjīnbonus
214
降低jiàngdīreduce
215
jiāohand over
216
交流jiāoliúCommunication
217
交通jiāotōngtraffic
218
骄傲jiāo'àoProud
219
饺子jiǎoziDumplings
220
教授jiàoshòuprofessor
221
教育jiàoyùeducation
222
接受jiēshòuaccept
223
结果jiéguǒResult
224
节约jiéyuēsave
225
解释jiěshìexplain
226
尽管jǐnguǎnalthough
227
紧张jǐnzhāngNervous
228
进行jìnxíngin process of
229
禁止jìnzhǐprohibit
230
精彩jīngcǎiMarvellous
231
精神jīngshénspirit
232
经济jīngjìEconomics
233
经历jīnglìexperience
234
经验jīngyànexperience
235
京剧jīngjùBeijing opera
236
警察jǐngcháPoliceman
237
竟然jìngránUnexpectedly
238
竞争jìngzhēngcompete
239
镜子jìngziMirror
240
究竟jiùjìngexactly
241
举办jǔbànhold
242
拒绝jùjuérefuse
243
距离jùlídistance
244
开玩笑kāiwánxiàoMake fun of
245
看法kànfǎview
246
考虑kǎolǜConsider
247
Tree (measure word)
248
科学kēxuéscience
249
咳嗽késòucough
250
可怜kěliánPoor
251
可是kěshìhowever
252
可惜kěxíunfortunately
253
肯定kěndìngsure
254
空气kōngqìair
255
恐怕kǒngpàI'm afraid
256
bitter
257
kuānwide
258
kùnsleepy
259
困难kùnnándifficulty
260
扩大kuòdàExpand
261
pull
262
垃圾桶lèsè tǒngTrash
263
spicy
264
来不及láibujíThere's not enough time
265
来得及láidéjíIn time
266
lǎnlazy
267
浪费làngfèiWaste
268
浪漫làngmànromantic
269
老虎lǎohǔTiger
270
冷静lěngjìngcalm down
271
理发lǐfǎHaircut
272
理解lǐjiěUnderstand
273
理想lǐxiǎngideal
274
礼貌lǐmàopoliteness
275
厉害lìhàiFierce
276
力气lìqìStrength
277
例如lìrúfor example
278
liǎTwo
279
liáneven
280
联系liánxìcontact
281
凉快liángkuaiPleasantly cool
282
liàngbright
283
聊天liáotiānchat
284
另外lìngwàiin addition
285
liústay
286
留学liúxuéOverseas Study
287
流泪liúlèiShed tears
288
流利liúlìfluent
289
流行liúxíngPopular
290
luànchaos
291
律师lǜshīLawyer
292
麻烦máfantrouble
293
马虎mǎhǔCareless
294
mǎnfull
295
毛巾máojīnTowel
296
美丽měilìbeautiful
297
mèngdream
298
密码mìmǎPassword
299
免费miǎnfèiFree of charge
300
民族mínzúNation
301
母亲mǔqīnmother
302
目的mùdìobjective
303
耐心nàixīnpatience
304
难道nándàocould it be said that …
305
难受nánshòuUncomfortable
306
nèiwithin
307
内容nèiróngcontent
308
能力nénglìability
309
年龄niánlíngAge
310
农村nóngcūncountryside
311
nòngget, make
312
暖和nuǎnhuowarm
313
偶尔ǒu'ěroccasionally
314
排列páilièarray
315
判断pànduànjudge
316
péiaccompany
317
批评pīpíngcriticism
318
皮肤pífūskin
319
脾气píqìBad temper
320
piānpiece
321
piànfool
322
乒乓球pīngpāng qiúTable Tennis
323
平时píngshípeacetime
324
瓶子píngziBottle
325
broken
326
普遍pǔbiànuniversal
327
其次qícìSecondly
328
其中qízhōngamong
329
起飞qǐfēitake off
330
起来qǐláiget up
331
气候qìhòuclimate
332
千万qiān wànMust
333
签证qiānzhèngvisa
334
qiángwall
335
qiāoknock
336
qiáoBridge
337
巧克力qiǎokèlìChocolates
338
亲戚qīnqīRelative
339
qīnglight
340
轻松qīngsōngRelaxed
341
情况qíngkuàngSituation
342
请假qǐngjiàleave
343
请客qǐngkèTreat
344
qióngpoor
345
区别qūbiéDifference
346
take
347
全部quánbùwhole
348
缺点quēdiǎnshortcoming
349
缺少quēshǎoLack
350
quèbut
351
确实quèshíExactly
352
qúngroup
353
然而rán'érhowever
354
热闹rènàolively
355
人民币rénmínbìRMB
356
任何rènhéwhatever, any
357
任务rènwùtask
358
rēngthrow
359
仍然réngránstill
360
日记rìjìdiary
361
入口rùkǒuEntrance
362
ruǎnsoft
363
散步sànbùTake a walk
364
森林sēnlínForest
365
沙发shāfāSofa
366
商量shāngliángdiscuss
367
伤心shāngxīnSad
368
稍微shāowéislightly
369
社会shèhuìsociety
370
shēndeep
371
申请shēnqǐngApply
372
甚至shènzhìeven (..to the extent that)
373
生活shēnghuóLife
374
生命shēngmìnglife
375
shěngprovince
376
shèngLeft
377
失败shībàifail
378
失望shīwàngdisappointment
379
师傅shīfùmaster worker
380
湿润shīrùnmoist
381
狮子shīziLion
382
十分shífēnvery
383
实际shíjìactual
384
实在shízàireally
385
食品shípǐnfood
386
使用shǐyònguse
387
shìtry
388
市场shìchǎngmarket
389
适合shìhéFit
390
适应shìyìngAdapt
391
世纪shìjìcentury
392
shōucollect
393
收入shōurùincome
394
收拾shōushítidy (up something)
395
首都shǒudūcapital
396
首先shǒuxiānfirst
397
受不了shòu bùliǎocannot bear
398
受到shòudàosuffer
399
售货员shòuhuòyuánsalesperson
400
shūbook
401
熟悉shúxībe familiar with
402
数量shùliàngquantity
403
数字shùzìnumber
404
shuàihandsome
405
顺便shùnbiànincidentally
406
顺利shùnlìsmoothly
407
顺序shùnxùorder
408
说明shuōmíngexplain
409
硕士shuòshìmaster
410
die
411
速度sùdùspeed
412
塑料袋sùliào dàiplastic bag
413
suānsour
414
suàncount
415
随便suíbiàncasual
416
随着suízhealong with
417
孙子sūnzigrandson
418
所有suǒyǒutherefore
419
táiplatform
420
táilift
421
态度tàidùattitude
422
tántalk
423
弹钢琴dàn gāngqínplay the piano
424
tāngsoup
425
tǎnglie
426
tàngtrip
427
讨论tǎolùndiscuss
428
讨厌tǎoyànhate
429
特点tèdiǎncharacteristic
430
提供tígōngprovide
431
提前tíqiánin advance
432
提醒tíxǐngremind
433
填空tiánkòngfill in the blanks
434
条件tiáojiàncondition
435
停止tíngzhǐstop it
436
tǐngquite
437
通过tōngguòthrough
438
通知tōngzhīnotice
439
同情tóngqíngsympathy
440
tuīpush
441
推迟tuīchídelay
442
tuōtake off
443
袜子wàzisocks
444
完全wánquáncompletely
445
wǎngto, towards
446
往往wǎngwǎngusually
447
网球wǎngqiútennis
448
网站wǎngzhànwebsite
449
危险wéixiǎndanger
450
味道wèidàotaste
451
温度wēndùtemperature
452
文章wénzhāngarticle
453
握手wòshǒuhandshake
454
污染wūrǎncontaminated
455
nothing
456
无聊wúliáoboring
457
无论wúlùnno matter what
458
误会wùhuìmisunderstanding
459
西红柿xīhóngshìtomato
460
吸引xīyǐnattract
461
洗衣机xǐyījīwashing machine
462
xiánsalty
463
现代xiàndàimodern
464
羡慕xiànmùenvy
465
限制xiànzhìlimit
466
xiāngfragrant
467
相反xiāngfǎncontrary
468
详细xiángxìdetailed
469
xiǎngring
470
消息xiāoxīmessage
471
小说xiǎoshuōnovel
472
笑话xiàohuàjoke
473
效果xiàoguǒeffect
474
辛苦xīnkǔhard
475
心情xīnqíngmood
476
信任xìnrèntrust
477
信心xìnxīnconfidence
478
信用卡xìnyòngkǎcredit card
479
兴奋xīngfènExcitement
480
xíngOK
481
xǐngwake up
482
性别xìngbiégender
483
性格xìnggécharacter
484
幸福xìngfúhappiness
485
xiūrepair
486
许多xǔduōmany
487
xuèblood
488
压力yālìpressure
489
牙膏yágāotoothpaste
490
亚洲yàzhōuAsia
491
yaah
492
yánsalt
493
严格yángéstrict
494
严重yánzhòngserious
495
研究生yánjiūshēnggraduate student
496
演出yǎnchūshow
497
演员yǎnyuánperformer, actor
498
阳光yángguāngsunshine
499
养成yǎng chéngcultivate
500
样子yàngzione’s look
501
邀请yāoqǐnginvitation
502
钥匙yàoshikey
503
也许yěxǔperhaps
504
page
505
叶子yèzileaf
506
一切yīqièeverything
507
with
508
亿billion
509
意见yìjiànopinion
510
艺术yìshùart
511
因此yīncǐtherefore
512
饮料yǐnliàodrinks
513
引起yǐnqǐcause
514
印象yìnxiàngimpression
515
yíngwin
516
yìnghard
517
勇敢yǒnggǎnbrave
518
永远yǒngyuǎnforever
519
优点yōudiǎnadvantage
520
优秀yōuxiùexcellent
521
幽默yōumòhumor
522
yóufrom
523
由于yóuyúbecause
524
尤其yóuqíespecially
525
有趣yǒuqùinteresting
526
友好yǒuhǎofriendly
527
友谊yǒuyìfriendship
528
愉快yúkuàicheerful
529
于是yúshìtherefore
530
and
531
语法yǔfǎgrammar
532
语言yǔyánlanguage
533
羽毛球yǔmáoqiúbadminton
534
预习yùxípreview
535
yuáncircle
536
原来yuánláiOriginal
537
原谅yuánliàngForgive
538
原因yuányīnReason
539
约会yuē huìDate
540
阅读yuèdúRead
541
允许yǔnxǔallow
542
杂志zázhìMagazine
543
咱们zánmenWe
544
暂时zhànshítemporary
545
zàngdirty
546
责任zérènresponsibility
547
增加zēngjiāincrease
548
增长zēngzhǎngincrease
549
zhǎinarrow
550
招聘zhāopìnrecruit
551
着急zhāojíWorry
552
真正zhēnzhèngreal
553
整理zhěnglǐArrangement
554
整齐zhěngqíneat
555
正常zhèngchángnormal
556
正好zhènghǎoJust right
557
正确zhèngquèCorrect
558
正式zhèngshìformal
559
证明zhèngmíngProve
560
zhīof
561
支持zhīchíSupport
562
知识zhīshìknowledge
563
值得zhídéWorth
564
直接zhíjiēdirect
565
植物zhíwùBotany, plant
566
职业zhíyèOccupation
567
zhǐonly
568
只好zhǐhǎohave to
569
只要zhǐyàoas long as
570
质量zhìliàngquality
571
至少zhìshǎoat least
572
制造zhìzàoManufacture
573
中文zhōngwénChinese
574
重点zhòngdiǎnA key
575
重视zhòngshìimportance, attach importance to
576
周围zhōuwéiaround
577
zhūpig
578
逐渐zhújiàngradually
579
主动zhǔdòngactive
580
主意zhǔyìidea
581
祝贺zhùhèCongratulate
582
著名zhùmíngfamous
583
专门zhuānménspecialized
584
专业zhuānyèmajor
585
zhuànearn
586
zhuàngHit
587
准确zhǔnquèaccuracy
588
准时zhǔnshíon time
589
仔细zǐxìcareful
590
自然zìránnatural
591
总结zǒngjiésummary
592
rent
593
组成zǔchéngForm
594
组织zǔzhīorganization
595
zuǐmouth
596
最好zuì hǎoBest
597
最后zuìhòuLast
598
尊重zūnzhòngrespect
599
做生意zuò shēngyìDo business
600
zuòSeat
601
座位zuòwèiseat
602
作者zuòzhěauthor

4. Downloadable Vocabulary List + Quiz Sheets

You can download the Excel file of the complete HSK 4 list and randomized-order quiz sheets below. Quiz 1 is Chinese-to-Pinyin/English, Quiz 2 is Pinyin-to-Chinese/English, and Quiz 3 is English-to-Pinyin/Chinese.