Converting Old HSK Grades
Even though the new HSK does not test nearly as much as the old HSK did (read: the new HSK is much easier), Hanban, the creators of the HSK have made a set of equivalences between the two tests, so that takers of the old HSK can reinterpret their grades in terms of the new standard.
If you cannot understand the above chart, the conversion goes like this:
- You scored 2 or below on the old HSK: Not stated*
- You scored 3 to 5 on the old HSK: You passed level 4 of the new HSK
- You scored 6 to 8 on the old HSK: You passed level 5 of the new HSK
- You scored 9 or above on the old HSK: You passed level 6 of the new HSK
*Although it is not listed what happens if you got a 2 or below on the old HSK, I would estimate a 2 being equivalent to a 3 on the new HSK. And a 1 on the old HSK is probably equal to a 1 on the new HSK.
If applying to a university or employer, you may want to emphasize that you took the old HSK for two reasons:
- The old HSK was harder
- The old HSK is old, implying that your Chinese has likely improved since that time.