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Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese Proficiency Test

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota offers HSK testing that is open to anyone. This page provides general information about the HSK, including the six new levels of the writing test, three new levels of the oral test, the University of Minnesota testing dates, fees, and registration procedures.


What is the HSK?

The HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers. The HSK tests students’ ability to apply Chinese language in their studies, personal life, and work.

What makes the new HSK different?

The new HSK test stresses objectivity and accuracy, and also focuses on developing and testing an examinees’ ability to apply Chinese in practical, real-life situations. The new HSK test sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals.

The new examination consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. There are six levels to the written test and three levels to the oral test.

Written Test

 

Oral Test

HSK- Level 6

 

HSK (Advanced)

HSK- Level 5

 

HSK- Level 4

 

HSK (Intermediate)

HSK- Level 3

 

HSK- Level 2

 

HSK (Elementary)

HSK- Level 1

 

The new levels of the HSK written test were developed to match the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and The Common European Framework Reference for Language. A comparison of these measurements:

New HSK

Number of Characters

Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages

The Common European Framework Reference for Language,CEF

HSK- Level 6

Over 5000

Grade Five

C2

HSK- Level 5

2500

C1

HSK- Level 4

1200

Grade Four

B2

HSK- Level 3

600

Grade Three

B1

HSK- Level 2

300

Grade Two

A2

HSK- Level 1

150

Grade One

A1

How do I know which level to take?

The six levels of the exam are described below. A study guide with a sample exam is available for HSK Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 (see below).

A free online self-assessment tool is available that features condensed versions of HSK Level 3 and HSK Level 6 exams. Potential HSK test takers can assess their readiness by taking the condensed tests and see their results immediately. Registration on the online self-assessment website is required. Additional online practice tests are available at www.chinesetesting.cn/gosimexam.do and english.chinese.cn/onlinelearning/node_23207.htm

HSK- Level 1

Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies. The exam is 40 minutes in length and includes a listening section and a reading section. Sample exam [PDF].

HSK- Level 2

Designed for elementary learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion in their daily lives. The exam is 55 minutes in length and includes a listening section and a reading section. Sample exam [PDF].

HSK- Level 3

Designed for elementary-intermediate learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies, and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks required during a visit to a Chinese-speaking country. The exam is 90 minutes in length and includes a listening section, a reading section, and a writing section. Sample exam [PDF]. Sample listening text [PDF].

HSK- Level 4

Designed for intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard. The exam is 105 minutes in length and includes a listening section, a reading section, and a writing section. Sample exam [PDF]. Sample listening text [PDF].

HSK- Level 5

Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films, and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese. The exam is 120 minutes in length and includes a listening section, a reading section, and a writing section.

HSK- Level 6

Designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form.  The exam is 135 minutes in length and includes a listening section, a reading section, and a writing section.

What are HSK test scores used for?

Test scores are used by different organizations and groups of people. The exam

Registration

For K-12 Schools

Schools that would like to have Confucius Institute staff administer the paper-based or internet-based HSK to 20 or more students the week of May 13, 2015 should contact Emily Hanson at hans0996@umn.edu. Registration for the paper-based HSK is required by March 27, 2015. Registration for the internet-based HSK is required by April 17, 2015.

For the general public

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
December 6, 2014 November 26, 2014
March 28, 2015 March 18, 2015
October 17, 2015 October 7, 2015

 

The Confucius Institute only offers online exams. We no longer offer paper-based HSK exams to the public.

Tests will be administered on the University of Minnesota campus. Participants wishing to take the online test must register and pay the fee online before the posted deadline. To register, please follow the instructions at: http://www.chinesetest.cn/index.do. If you're having difficulty registering online, follow our step-by-step guide.

Fees

Written Test:

HSK Level 1 $20
HSK Level 2 $30
HSK Level 3 $40
HSK Level 4 $50
HSK Level 5 $60
HSK Level 6 $70

Oral Test:

HSK Elementary $20
HSK Intermediate $30
HSK Advanced $40

Fees and registration for the HSK are NON-REFUNDABLE. If an applicant cancels his/her registration more than 48 hours in advance of the test date, the registration and fees may be applied to a test date in the same calendar year, if available. Any registrations cancelled after the 48-hour deadline will not be rescheduled and all fees will be forfeit.

NOTE: The HSK is only available in Simplified Chinese characters. There is no Traditional Chinese version of the test.

Test results

Online Test

Examinee's answers will be uploaded to the Confucius Institute Headquarters website automatically and can be accessed thirty days after the exam. Official paper score reports are typically mailed in 6 - 10 weeks following the exam date.