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What is the HSK testing?

The HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. As the Chinese equivalent of the TOEFL, it is China’s official, standardized international Chinese language proficiency test for non-native speakers. HSK is a Chinese acronym for “Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi,” which means “Chinese Proficiency Test.”  The test takers passing the HSK Test can obtain certification to teach Chinese at K-12 schools in the U.S.

The HSK test assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The HSK test consists of a writing test and a speaking test. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK Level I, HSK Level II, HSK Level III, HSK Level IV, HSK Level V, and HSK Level VI. There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK Beginner Level, HSK Intermediate Level, and HSK Advanced Level. During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level I can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level II have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level III can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level IV can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level V can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level VI can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

The Confucius Institute Headquarters announces the test schedule at the end of each year all over the world. The test date of each center may be slightly different. Before the registration, please access to http://www.chinesetesting.cn to see the schedule of each test center or consult the test center you are to choose. The beginning date of registration for each test shall be at least one month prior to the test date, and the registration shall be ended 20 days prior to the test.

Test takers will receive the results for the HSK test issued by the Confucius Institute Headquarters within three weeks after the test.