On the verge from beginner to intermediate level this test requires around 120 hours of instruction and the knowledge of around 1200 vocabularies. It assesses your listening, reading and writing skills with a dedicated section each. The total duration of the test is 105 minutes.
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 or derived from chinaeducenter.com. On this website you can find further information, the outline of the 1200 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 4 Vocabulary Guide
This book contains the current list of HSK 4 words last updated in 2012. It covers HSK vocabularies 601 to 1200. 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.