Information on the HSK Test

Test Information | Registration Information | HSK Written Test Information | HSKK Chinese Proficiency Oral Test Information

HSK-Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi is an international Chinese proficiency written exam for non-native Chinese speakers (six levels) and HSKK-Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi is a standardized Chinese language oral test (Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels).  Applicants for Confucius Institute scholarships require a minimum score of 180 on the new HSK – Level 3 test and 60 on the HSKK – Elementary test.



Sunday, October 13, 2019


East Building 129
George Mason University, Fairfax campus
Click here for driving directions to Mason Fairfax campus

Registrations Begins July  17, 2019
Paper-Based registration ends September 13, 2019
Internet-Based registration ends October 3, 2019

If you have difficulty registering or paying online, contact our office for assistance.

Orientation Session (optional):
Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Confucius Institute at George Mason University
East Building, Room 129
4400 University Drive, MS 6D9
Fairfax VA 22030

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To register online for the HSK and/or HSKK tests at George Mason University,

  1. Go to the Chinese Testing website (you will be instructed on how to log in):
  2. Input your data, upload your photo, and pay by credit card*

Note: if you have any problems registering, please call us at 703-993-7780 and we will be happy to walk you through the process.

* if your credit card payment will not go through online, you may send a check made payable to “George Mason University” with your completed registration form to:

Confucius Institute at Mason
East Building, Room 129
4400 University Dr., MS 6D9
Fairfax, VA 22030



Level Test Description Vocabulary
HSK1 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 1 can understand and use simple words and sentences to fulfill specific communication needs and have a foundation for the further study of Chinese. (40 minutes) 150
HSK2 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 2 can communicate simply and directly on daily topics they are familiar with. Level 2 have reached the advanced stage of beginner level. (55 minutes) 300
HSK3 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 3 can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. If traveling in China, Level 3 can handle most communication tasks they encounter. (90 minutes) 600
HSK4 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are able to communicate with native speakers. (105 minutes) 1,200
HSK5 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 5 can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, appreciate Chinese films and television, and are able to write and deliver a full speech. (125 minutes) 2,500
HSK6 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese. (140 minutes) 5,000+



HSKK (hanyu shuiping kouyu kaoshi) Chinese Oral Proficiency Test is a standardized exam for evaluating the spoken Chinese language ability of an individual whose first language is not Chinese.  Three levels of the HSKK test are offered:

Level Test Description Duration
HSKK-Elementary Examination candidates should know a minimum of 200 vocabulary words 17 minutes
HSKK-Intermediate Examination candidates should know a minimum of 900 vocabulary words 21 minutes
HSKK-Advanced Examination candidates should know a minimum  of 3,000 vocabulary words 24 minutes

All applicants for the one-year Confucius Institute scholarship or Chinese Government scholarship are required to take both the HSK and HSKK tests.  A minimum score of 180 on the new HSK-Level 3 written test and 60 on the HSKK-Elementary oral test are required for consideration.

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