Our articles are created for students who are competent with or have passed the target HSK level. Each article will predominantly be constructed of words from the level and levels below. However, we have always maintained that our articles should introduce users to a range of words that are not covered by the HSK word listings. As such, users can expect to expand their vocabulary wider than the HSK word listings.
Additionally, we often introduce a small amount of words that are listed in higher level HSK word listings than the target level, as they are vital to tell the story. The nature of writing graded news in any language means that there will always be a certain amount of necessary vocabulary that exceeds the level, but we hope that through this our users are exposed to a wider range of usable vocabulary – it also allows us to write content on a wider range of topics to ensure we keep producing interesting and varied content!