School of Modern Languages

HSK Exam

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK/HSKK/YCT)

Overview

The HSK and YCT test is China's only official test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers.

The HSK and YCT test is the only Chinese language certificate accepted in mainland China. They consist 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.

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

*YCT is The Youth Chinese Test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students' ability.

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

2020 test dates

Test date        

Test         

Registration deadline

Date of results

9th February HSK 13th January 9th March
21st March

HSK

HSKK

23rd February 21st April
9th May YCT* 12th April 9th June
12th July

HSK

HSKK

15th June 12th August
6th December

HSK

HSKK

9th November 6th January 2021

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

  • your HSK permit (this can be provided by the test centre on the day)
  • 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. The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is an international standardised Chinese language test which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students' ability to apply Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. It has four levels of writing tests and two speaking levels.

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.

*YCT (primary and secondary school level)

Writing Tests

The written test is made up of four levels from YCT Level 1 to YCT Level 4.

YCT Level 1:

for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 80.  Passed examinees can understand and use very basic Chinese words and sentences, and able to study further Chinese.

YCT Level 2:

for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 150.  Passed examinees can understand and use very basic Chinese words and sentences, capable of very basic communication needs.

YCT Level 3:

for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 300.  Passed examinees can produce simple and direct communication of their familar day to day topic, reach the primary merit level of Chinese.

YCT Level 4:

for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 600 and above.  Passed examinees can carry out basic communication tasks of life, study and work.  They can answer most communication tasks during a visit to China.

Speaking Tests

The oral test includes YTC-speaking (basic) and YCT-speaking (intermediate).

YCT-Speaking (Beginner level)

is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for 1-2 semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week.  These students have mastered 200 commonly used words related grammar patterns.

YCT-Speaking (Intermediate Level)

is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for more than two semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week.  These students have mastered 400 commonly used words and related grammar patterns. 

Registration

Find out how to register.

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
YCT Level 1 £5
YCT Level 2 £10
YCT Level 3 £20
YCT Level 4 £25
YCT Speaking (Basic) £10
YCT Speaking (Intermediate) £10

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.