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 at our Centre. Home-edition tests have remote monitoring from our test centre.

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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. 

HSK Preparation Classes are held on Wednesday evenings during the University semester dates, and are free to attend if you have registered the test with us.

Next round of HSK/HSKK test is Home-Based on Saturday 25th June 2022.  The Tests are OPEN now.

Test eligibility and requirements, and registration can be found here. 

PLEASE NOTE: There are now new requirements for candidates taking Home-based HSK 3 and above that a HSKK exam must be taken on the same day. These rules only apply to the Home-based exam, they do not apply to in-person exams.

HSK 3 - HSKK Beginners

HSK 4 - HSKK Intermediate

HSK 5 and 6 - HSKK Advanced

2022 Home-based HSK/HSKK Test on Saturday 25th June:  

HSK/HSKK exams will take place on Saturday 25th June 2022. The registration deadline is Thursday 9th June 10:00AM. If you do not make the required payment by this date/time, we will not be able to register you for the exam.

Test times:
HSK Level 1, 3 and 5:   13:30 (log in at 12:30)
HSK Level 2, 4, 6:   09:00 (log in at 08:00am)

HSKK Basic:   15:40 (log in at 14:40)
HSKK Intermediate:   11:25 (log in 10:25)
HSKK Advanced:   16:30 (log in 15:30)

Before registration, please make sure that your system and environment meet the test requirements.

The test takers are required to prepare a computer and a mobile phone/tablet. The computer will be used to type the answers and the mobile phone/tablet will be used to invigilate the test.

1. A computer running Windows 7/10. 

(1) Mac OS operating systems are not supported, and Mac computers/laptops are not recommended. 

(2) Screen resolution should be 1366*768 or above.

(3) High-definition PC camera (built-in or external; 300,000 pixels or above); the room should be well lit to ensure clear images.

(4) The device should be equipped with wired earphone, which the sound is clear and the sound insulation effect is good. For HSK speaking test, the earphone should be equipped with a microphone with clear sound playing, good sound insulation and reception effect.

Note: The test itself cannot be conducted on mobile devices such as mobile phones, tablets, etc. Bluetooth devices, external USB storage devices, such as USB drives and wireless receivers, are not allowed during the test.

2. Mobile phone with camera: Invigilation software- Google Meet should be downloaded onto the phone as directed by the test centre.

(1) The test taker should enter the designated meeting room one hour before the test starts, placing the mobile phone one meter behind them and slightly to the left or the right, so that the invigilator can see both the computer screen and the test taker.

(2) The invigilator will undertake a 360-degree inspection of the test environment through the invigilating software.

(3) The test taker should ensure his or her mobile phone is connected to WiFi and turn on flight mode.

(4) The mobile phone should be fully charged to ensure normal operation for the full duration of the test.

3.Network bandwidth should be 20M and speed 150KB/s or above. During the test, please close other unrelated applications and use the direct connection network to enter the test.

4.The test should be undertaken in a closed, separate room to ensure there is no disturbance. The test may not be taken in any open environment, for example parks, Internet cafes, or restaurants. All hardware and equipment that will be used for the test should be placed in plain sight on the desk. This should include no item that is not being used for the test. No other people may enter the test room during the test. The test result shall be rendered invalid if the test taker is seen to violate any of these regulations.

5.Cross-border registration is not allowed. For instance, test takers who register for the online test with a test center in the U.S. must connect from the U.S. on the day of the test.

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

(1) It is not allowed to record the test questions, either on paper and/ or in any other way.

(2) 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 all relevant data protection laws.

(3) The test fee for the online test at home will be increased by 30% compared with the existing test fee standard. Test fees for in-person exams remain the same.

Test admission tickets will be issued to test takers ten days prior to the test. 

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 work days after the completion of the HSK; 30 work days after the completion of the HSK Oral Test).

Test takers can also apply for a printed result report to be mailed to them or their institutions using the Extra Score Report service.

Registration and Fees

Register:  make test fee payment at Onlineshop.shef.ac.uk  when the Test is open.

Examination fee for HSK (written test):

  • HSK1: £10 (for home-edition, £13)
  • HSK2: £20 (for home-edition, £26)
  • HSK3: £30 (for home-edition, £39)
  • HSK4: £40 (for home-edition, £52)
  • HSK5: £50 (for home-edition, £65)
  • HSK6: £60 (for home-edition, £78)

Examination fee for HSKK (oral test):

  • HSKK Basic: £15  (for home-edition, £19.5)
  • HSKK Intermediate: £25  (for home-edition, £32.5)
  • HSKK Advance: £35  (for home-edition, £45.5)

HSK Chinese proficiency test | 汉语水平考试

The New 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 communcate with native speaker.
  • 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.

HSK test information

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

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.

HSKK 包括 HSKK (初级), HSKK (中级) and HSKK (高级), 考试采用录音形式。

HSKK test information

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 HSK Level 1 and Level 2 20 100 60
HSKK Intermediate HSK Level 3 and Level 4 23 100 60
HSKK Advanced HSK Level 5 and Level 6 25 100 60

Test syllabus, sample papers and online practice | 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

More sample papers, transcripts, audio recordings and additional material are available to borrow at the Confucius Institute Resource Centre, which is hosted within the CI Office. 

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