This test is still for beginners with about 90 hours of instruction and a knowledge of over 600 vocabularies. It does, like HSK 1 and 2, contain a listening and reading part, but for the first time also short writing exercises. Overall it takes 90 minutes to finish the test.
Part 1: Listening
Part 2: Reading
Part 3: Writing
Scoring SystemThe maximum score for this test is 300 with 180 required to pass. The three sections listening, reading and writing account for 100 points each.
More InformationThe sample pictures above as well as the information where taken from chinaeducenter.com. On this website you can find further information, the outline of the 600 vocabularies as well as a mock test with mp3 needed for the listening (as part of the outline vocabulary download package). Have a look at this, it might be very helpful in the course of preparing for the test.
HSK 3 Vocabulary Guide
This book contains the current list of HSK 3 words last updated in 2012. It covers HSK vocabularies 301 to 600. All words in this book come with Pinyin, English translation and at least one example sentence helping you to not only learn the word but also understand the way it's used within sentences.