Information on the HSK Test

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


George Mason University is no longer an HSK/HSKK testing cite. Please visit this website to determine your closest HSK/HSKK testing location. http://www.chinesetest.cn/index.do

HSK-Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi is an international standardized exam used to determine the proficiency of Chinese language skills. This 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.

 

View sample tests:
http://www.chinesetest.cn/userfiles/CItest_HSK2014.jsp
http://www.chinesetest.cn/userfiles/CItest_HSKK2014.jsp

 

HSK & HSKK REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

Register online for the HSK and/or HSKK,

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

 

HSK WRITTEN TEST INFORMATION:

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 has 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  CHINESE PROFICIENCY ORAL TEST:  

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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