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Introduction to HSK
2015-06-12 11:43  

HANYU Shuiping Kaoshi

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, also known as HSK or the Chinese Proficiency Test, is a national standardized test designed and developed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities. Supervised by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (also known as Hanban) under the PRC Ministry of Education, HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year.


The HSK measures the proficiency level of non-native speakers of standard Chinese and is used as a guideline for admission to colleges and universities in China and Southeast Asia. Test-takers are issued certificates when they meet the minimum level of proficiency required within each level of testing. Because the HSK has developed a prominent status in assessing Chinese language proficiency, it is commonly used as a reference standard in job recruiting, both within China and in countries around the world where Chinese language skills are necessary.

The new HSK consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test can be divided into six levels from HSK-Level 1 to HSK-Level 6. As a test of general language proficiency, HSK is differentiated by six new levels of difficulty, while the oral test can be divided into three levels of HSK (Basic), HSK (Elementary-Intermediate), HSK (Advanced), and the candidates’ on-site performance will be recorded.

HSK Levels:

I.HSK-Level 1:Examination candidate 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.

II.HSK-Level 2: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.

III.HSK-Level 3: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.

IV.HSK-Level 4:Examination candidate who reach HSK Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are able to communicate with native speakers.

V.HSK-Level 5: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.

VI.HSK-Level 6:Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese.

TEST Results

A month after the test date, students are eligible to go online to www.chinesetesting.cn (using Internet Explorer) to check their test results. They will need their 18 digit admission ticket number to check test results online. If you cannot see your score, you also check the grading progress and announcements onthechinesetesting.cnwebsite.

HSK Tests

Each listening, reading, and writing components of the HSK tests is worth 100 points. For HSK-Level 1 and 2 tests, the maximum possible score is 200 and students must attain at least 120 points to pass the tests. For HSK-Level 3, 4, 5, 6 tests, the maximum possible score is 300 and students must attain at least 180 points to pass these tests.

HSK Speaking Tests

The oral tests have a maximum score of 100. Students must have at least 60 points to pas


HSK Scholarship

The Chinese HSK Authorities have established the HSK Winner Scholarship to financially aid outstanding test-takers to study Chinese language, culture, history and philosophy at a Chinese university. Scholarship awards include tuition, lodging accommodation, textbooks, and a standard living allowance. International travel and medical care expenses are not included and are the responsibilities of the scholarship recipients.

Qualifications for the HSK scholarship:

1. At least age 13 and above (applicants under 18 must have a legal guardian)

2. Completed at least one of the Chinese Proficiency test

a. HSK

b. BCT

c. YCT

3. Recommendation letter from an authorized HSK testing center

For more information, please contact or visit:


The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban)

17th Floor, Fangyuan Mansion, B56 Zhongguancun South St.

Beijing 100044 P.R. China


Telephone: 86-10-88026295

Fax: 86-10-88026181


Chinese Government Scholarship

The Chinese Government is established to financially aid outstanding test-takers to study Chinese language, culture, history and philosophy at a Chinese university for one year. The scholarship includes tuition, accommodation, textbooks local travel and medical care. Recipients also receive a monthly living stipend accordingly to their class level (undergraduate, graduate). However, international travelling expenses will be their own responsibility.

Qualifications for a Chinese Government Scholarship are as follows:

1. Non-Chinese citizen

2. Native language is not Chinese

3. Has at least a high school diploma and meet respective age limit (please see website for additional information)

For more information, please contact or visit:

China Scholarship Council

Level 13, Building A3, No.9 Chegongzhuang Avenue

Beijing 100044 P.R. China


Fax: 0086-10-66093915http://www.csc.edu.cn