HSK/HSKK (Chinese Proficiency Test)

The Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (汉语水平考试), 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.

Questions?

Contact Ms. MA Yan, Program Lead, at yma19@ncsu.edu.
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 HSKK (Beginner), HSKK (Intermediate), HSKK (Advanced), and the candidates’ on-site performance will be recorded.

  • HSK Level 1: can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
  • HSK Level 2: 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.
  • HSK Level 3: can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when traveling in China.
  • HSK Level 4: can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
  • HSK Level 5: can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
  • HSK Level 6: can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

The new HSK retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

  • A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and granting students academic credits.
  • A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.
  • A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  • A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

HSK Test (Written)
HSK Vocabulary
Approximate Length of Studying
HSKK Test (Oral)
HSKK Vocabulary
Equivalent Chinese Courses
HSK Level 1 150 1 semester / 6 months HSKK
Beginner
200 1 to 2 semesters
HSK Level 2 300 2 semesters / 1 year
HSK Level 3 600 3 semesters / 1.5 years HSKK
Intermediate
900 1 to 2 years
HSK Level 4 1200 4 semesters / 2 years
HSK Level 5 2500 more than 2 years HSKK
Advanced
3000 3 years or more
HSK Level 6 5000+

HSK Test (Written)
Contents
# of ?’s
Lengths (mins)
HSKK Test (Oral)
Contents
# of ?’s
Lengths (mins)
HSK Level 1 Listening Comprehension 20 15 40¨ HSKK Beginner Repeat a sentence 15 4 17ª
Reading Comprehension 20 15 Answer a question 10 3
HSK Level 2 Listening Comprehension 35 25 55¨ Answer a question with at least 5 sentences 2 3
Reading Comprehension 25 20
HSK Level 3 Listening Comprehension 40 35 90¨ HSKK Intermediate Repeat a sentence 10 3 21˜
Reading Comprehension 30 25
Writing 10 15 Interpret a picture 2 4
HSK Level 4 Listening Comprehension 45 30 105¨
Reading Comprehension 40 40 Answer a question 2 4
Writing 15 40
HSK Level 5 Listening Comprehension 45 30 125¨ HSKK Advanced Repeat a paragraph 3 7 24˜
Reading Comprehension 45 40
Writing 10 40 Read aloud a paragraph 1 2
HSK Level 6 Listening Comprehension 50 35 140¨
Reading Comprehension 50 45 Answer a question written on the test 2 5
Writing 1 45

¨ total time includes 10 or 15 minutes of filling in the answer sheet at the end of the tests.
ª
total time includes 7 minutes preparation time.
˜ total time includes 10 minutes preparation time.

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 on the chinesetesting.cn website.

HSK Test (Written)
Contents
Max. Score
Passing Score
HSKK Test (Oral)
Contents
Max. Score
Passing Score
HSK Level 1 Listening Comprehension 100 200 120 HSKK Beginner Repeat a sentence 100 60
Reading Comprehension 100 Answer a question
HSK Level 2 Listening Comprehension 100 200 120 Answer a question with at least 5 sentences
Reading Comprehension 100
HSK Level 3 Listening Comprehension 100 300 180 HSKK Intermediate Repeat a sentence 100 60
Reading Comprehension 100
Writing 100 Interpret a picture
HSK Level 4 Listening Comprehension 100 300 180
Reading Comprehension 100 Answer a question
Writing 100
HSK Level 5 Listening Comprehension 100 300 180 HSKK Advanced Repeat a paragraph 100 60
Reading Comprehension 100
Writing 100 Read aloud a paragraph
HSK Level 6 Listening Comprehension 100 300 180
Reading Comprehension 100 Answer a question written on the test
Writing 100

  • Certifying the necessary proficiency to enter a Chinese college or university as a graduate or undergraduate student
  • Demonstration of competence in application for an HSK scholarship for support in academic studies
  • Certification of exemption from taking Chinese language courses
  • Admission to mainland companies for employment

HSK
Level 1 $20 Level 2 $30 Level 3 $40
Level 4 $50 Level 5 $60 Level 6 $70
HSKK
Beginner $20 Intermediate $30 Advanced $40
Payment

When registering online, you will be asked to pay via credit cards.

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.

Testing Date
HSK Levels Offered
HSKK Levels Offered
Registration Deadline
Test Result Available
Mar 19, 2017 (Sun.) 1-6 Beg, Int, Adv May 9, 2017 Apr 3, 2017 (HSK)
Apr 19, 2017 (HSKK)
May 20, 2017 (Sat.) 1-6 Beg, Int, Adv May 10, 2017 Jun 5, 2017 (HSK)
Jun 20, 2017 (HSKK)
Oct 15, 2017 (Sun.) 1-6 Beg, Int, Adv Oct 5, 2017 Oct 30, 2017 (HSK)
Nov 15, 2017 (HSKK)
Dec 3, 2017 (Sun.) 1-6 Beg, Int, Adv Nov 23, 2017 Dec 18, 2017 (HSK)
Jan 3, 2018 (HSKK)

For the General Public

Register online at: http://www.chinesetest.cn/index.do

Tests will be administered on NC State University campus (Raleigh, NC). Participants wishing to take the online test must register and pay the fee online before the posted deadline.

If you’re having difficulty registering online, follow our step-by-step guide.

For K-12 Schools

Schools that would like to have our Confucius Institute staff administer the internet-based HSK/HSKK to 10 or more students should contact Ms. Yan Ma at yma19@ncsu.edu.