School of Modern Languages

HSK Exam

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK/HSKK)

Overview

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test is China's only official test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers.

The HSK is the only Chinese language certificate accepted in mainland China. It consists of a writing test and a speaking test.

The test is used by educational institutions and potential employers.

It certifies that the holder has the required Chinese proficiency to enter Chinese educational institutions as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, and can be exempt from studying Chinese courses at certain levels.

It also provides a reference point for employers recruiting non-native Chinese staff.

The HSK Test Centre was set up by the Confucius Institute at Newcastle University in March 2014.

2017 test dates

Test date

Registration deadline

Date of results

12 February (HSKK only) 15 January 12 March
19 March 20 February 19 April
15 July (HSK only) 18 June 11 August
3 December 6 November January

When you come for the test, you will need to bring:

  • your HSK permit
  • your personal ID or passport
  • 2B pencils
  • an eraser 

No dictionaries or other written materials are allowed in the room where the test takes place.

The test paper will be in Simplified Character format, unless otherwise requested upon application.

Levels

The HSK has six levels of writing tests and three levels of speaking tests.

Writing tests

HSK (Level I) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for a semester (half an academic year) and have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.

HSK (Level II) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for two semesters (an academic year), with two to three class hours in each week. These students have mastered 300 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

HSK (Level III) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for three semesters (one-and-a-half academic years), with two to three class hours in each week. These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

HSK (Level IV)

This is for students who have studied Chinese for four semesters (two academic years), with two to four class hours in each week. These students have mastered 1,200 commonly used words.

HSK (Level V) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for two to four class hours per week for more than two academic years. These students have mastered 2,500 commonly used words.

HSK (Level VI) 

This is for students who have mastered 5,000 or more commonly used words.

Speaking tests

HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for two to three class hours per week for one to two semesters. These students have mastered about 200 commonly used words.

HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for two to three class hours per week for one to two academic years. These students have mastered about 900 commonly used words.

HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) 

This is for students who have studied Chinese for two to three class hours per week for more than two academic years. These students have mastered about 3,000 commonly used words.

Registration

Find out how to register for the HSK test.

1. Complete the registration form

Complete the registration form (Word: 14KB).

Find two recent passport-sized photographs of you and write your name on the back.

Return the form and the photographs to the Confucius Institute Office.

2. Pay the test fee

You can pay your test fee online, or by cheque made payable to 'Newcastle University'. The fees are outlined below:

Level

Fee

HSK Level 1 £10
HSK Level 2 £20
HSK Level 3 £30
HSK Level 4 £40
HSK Level 5 £50
HSK Level 6 £60
HSKK Beginner Level £15
HSKK Intermediate Level £25
HSKK Advanced Level £35

3. Register on chinesetest.cn

Visit http://www.chinesetest.cn/index.do and register for the appropriate test.

4. Collect your HSK permit

You will be issued with an HSK permit and directions to the test centre after we have processed your completed registration form, photographs and fees. You will need to come to the Confucius Institute Office to collect it.