The HSK Standard Course is one of the resources for learning and teaching Chinese that is authorized by Hanban. Hanban is a public institution that is committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching materials and services around the world. The HSK Standard Course is a joint effort of the Beijing Language and Culture University Press and the Chinese Testing International (CTI). It is an ideal material for Confucius Institutes in various countries, institutions that teach Chinese, and self-taught learners.
The primary materials used by this course are HSK test papers with scientific course designs, humorous styles and common topics. They match the HSK tests in all aspects including the content, form and levels. The course is also easy to learn as it combines testing and teaching as well as promoting learning and teaching by testing. The whole HSK Standard Course series is divided into six levels that match the HSK test. With a total of nine volumes, it allocates one volume for each level in levels 1-3, and two volumes for each level in levels 4-6. Each volume also includes a full-color textbook, a workbook, a teacher’s book and an audio CD.