HSK/HSKK proficiency tests (all ages) | 汉语水平考试 / 汉语水平口语考试

HSK and HSKK (HSK Speaking) are open to all ages. Both paper-based and Internet-based tests require test-takers to be present physically at our Test Centre (in-person tests). Home-edition tests are undertaken at home but with remote video and audio monitoring from our Test Centre.


What is HSK/HSKK? The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is an international standardised Chinese language test to measure the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily lives, academic and working settings. 

The HSK/HSKK is also linked with the Confucius Institute Scholarships, for you to have an opportunity studying in China. 

There are three ways to take the tests, paper-based (in-person), Internet-based (in-person) and home-edition (Internet-based, at home).

Register HSK/HSKK Test with Us  

You can just register your test at our Centre, i.e. you MUST make a required test fee payment through the University Online Shop before the test deadline. 

Registration via chinesetest.cn is NOT enough, i.e. if you registered through chinesetest.cn, you still need to register with us through our University Online Shop.  

Please be sure to check whether you meet all the conditions before the test registration. If the test environment, equipment and other conditions are found insufficient after the registration and the payment, the test service fee will not be refunded.

With an aim to guarantee the safe operation of the test, test centres may ask for some personal details or documents, for example name, photo, or other information. Data will only be collected for the purposes of the test and in accordance with GDPR.

 HSK/HSKK Test in 2024   

Internet-based Test (In-person): Sunday 8 December 2024.

HSK (listening and written) and HSKK (Speaking) can be taken separately. The test is OPEN to ALL ages and we accept test takers from all places including those beyond Sheffield.

Test Time:

HSK1, HSK3 and HSK 5, at 13:30 (login onto the PC at 13:00).
HSK2, HSK4 and HSK 6, at 09:00 (login onto the PC at 08:30).
HSKK Basic, Intermediate & Advanced at 16:30 (login onto the PC at 16:00).

Test Venue: Computer Room 4, The Diamond, 32 Leavygreave Street, Sheffield S3 7RD. (The place is an iconic building at the University of Sheffield, one mile away from Sheffield Train Station.  )

Remember to bring the id document that you have specified on your registration form.

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Read more about i-HSK/HSKK (in-person)- PDF 650KB. 

Tests held in 2024 so far: 16th March 2024, 19th May 2024. 

Previous Tests held in 2023: 

  1. Internet-based Test (In person): 7 January 2023. Test Score Reports are ready to be collected at our office. 
  2. Internet-based Test (In person): 18 March 2023. 
  3. Home-Based Test (with remote monitoring) , Saturday 20 May 2023
  4. Internet-based Test (In person): 11 June 2023. 
  5. Internet-based Test (In-person): 3 December 2023.

Registration Fees at our Centre 

Make test fee payment at the University Online Shop when the Test is open. Go to https://onlineshop.shef.ac.uk/  search for "HSK".

Examination fee for HSK/HSKK (In-person, Paper-based and Internet-based):

  • HSK1: £10
  • HSK2: £20
  • HSK3: £30
  • HSK4: £40
  • HSK5: £50
  • HSK6: £60
  • HSKK Basic: £15
  • HSKK Intermediate: £25
  • HSKK Advance: £35

Examination fee for HSK/HSKK (Home-based): The test fee for the online test at home will be increased by 30% compared with the existing test fee standard. 

  • HSK1: £13
  • HSK2: £26
  • HSK3: £30 (must be taken with HSKK Basic)
  • HSK4: £40 (must be taken with HSKK Intermediate)
  • HSK5: £50 (must be taken with HSKK Advanced)
  • HSK6: £60 (must be taken with HSKK Advanced)
  • HSKK Basic: £15 (£19.5 on its own)
  • HSKK Intermediate: £25 (£32.5 on its own)
  • HSKK Advance: £35 (£45.5 on its own)

Exam Results Inquiries and HSK/HSKK Score Reports  

Home-based Tests: Test takers can use the information on the test admission ticket to log in via www.chinesetest.cn to inquire about the test result (10 days after the completion of HSK; 25 days after the completion of the HSKK). 

Print and Save your Score Report as pdf file by yourself.

Internet-based Tests: Test takers can use the information on the test admission ticket to log in via www.chinesetest.cn to inquire about the test result (14 days after the completion of HSK; 30 days after the completion of HSKK).

Exam Score Reports should be posted to the Test Centre 45 days after the exam, which can then be collected by individual test-takers, or scanned over to Test takers.

Paper-base Tests: Test takers can use the information on the test admission ticket to log in via www.chinesetest.cn to inquire about the test result (30 days after the completion of HSK/ HSKK).

Exam Score Report should be posted to the Test Centre 45 days after the exam, which can then be collected by individual test-takers, or scanned over to Test takers.

In addition: Test takers can apply for a printed Score Report to be mailed to them using the Extra Score Report service at chinesetest.cn (extra costs may be involved).

 Introduction to HSK Chinese proficiency test | 汉语水平考试

The HSK comprises six levels from HSK-Level 1 to HSK-Level 6: 

  • HSK-Level 1: Test takers 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. 
  • HSK-Level 2: Test takers 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.
  • HSK-Level 3: Test takes who reach HSK-Level 3 can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. If travelling in China, Level 3 can handle most communication tasks they encounter.
  • HSK-Level 4: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are able to communicate with native speakers.
  • HSK-Level 5: Test takers 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.
  • HSK-Level 6: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen, and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese.

The table shows the level of vocabulary expected, test duration and score:

  Vocabulary (words) Test duration (minutes) Total score Passing score
HSK Level 1 150 40 200 120
HSK Level 2 300 55 200 120
HSK Level 3 600 90 300 180
HSK Level 4 1200 105 300 180
HSK Level 5 2500 125 300 180
HSK Level 6 5000 140 300 180

 Introduction to HSKK speaking test |  汉语水平口语考试

HSKK can be divided into three levels of HSKK (Basic), HSKK (Intermediate and HSKK (Advanced). Test takers on-site performance will be recorded.

The table shows general correlations between HSK and HSKK, and test duration:

  General correlations to HSK Test duration (minutes) Total score Passing score
HSKK Basic 初级 HSK Level 1 and Level 2 20 100 60
HSKK Intermediate 中级 HSK Level 3 and Level 4 23 100 60
HSKK Advanced 高级 HSK Level 5 and Level 6 25 100 60

Test Syllabus, Sample Papers and Online Mock Tests | 网上资源

Test Syllabus and Sample test papers (考试大纲及真题) at chinesetest.cn

Online practice 网上模拟考试 at cnhsk.cn

The Official HSK Mock Platform at https://www.hskmock.com

More sample papers, transcripts, audio recordings and additional material are available to be consulted and borrowed at the Confucius Institute Resource Centre, which is hosted within the CI Office, 2-4 Palmerston Road, Sheffield S10 2TE. 

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