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What topics are the reading passages on?

HSK Reading Topics


Knowing the most common types of reading topics is a good idea for HSK test takers. The reason is that most of the “extra-HSK” vocabulary (vocabulary not *officially* on the HSK reading test but truly appears on the test) is vocab you can prepare for.


Although the HSK reading passages are supposed to be broad, my own personal experience of looking at hundreds of full HSK reading passages tells me that there are a few main topics that appear again and again on the HSK reading section. In no particular order, they are the following:

  • Scientific topics (zoology, technology, etc.)
  • Chinese cultural topics (history, customs, etc.)
  • Business topics (finance, careers, etc.)


So, if you want to practice reading some non-HSK reading passages, these are the areas on which you are best to focus.

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Quinn Cash
Quinn Cash
Quinn Cash is a contributor to HSK Tests Online and a Chinese/English translator.

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