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HSK and YCT Tests (Chinese Proficiency Tests)

Find out when you can take the HSK or YCT test at Newcastle University and how to apply.

Chinese proficiency examinations

The HSK and YCT tests are Chinese proficiency examinations. They are the only Chinese language certificates accepted in mainland China. They consist of a writing test and a speaking test.

The tests are used by educational institutions and potential employers.

The Confucius Institute at Newcastle University is a registered HSK test centre. You can take your test here.

HSK test

The HSK certifies that the holder has the required Chinese proficiency to enter Chinese educational institutions as an undergraduate or postgraduate student. They are also exempt from studying Chinese courses at certain levels.

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

YCT test

The YCT is The Youth Chinese Test. It examines non-native primary and secondary school students' ability in Chinese.

Test levels

Find out more about the various levels of the tests to see which one you should take.


2023/2024 test dates - Newcastle University

Test date


 Registration Open        

Registration deadline           

Date of results     

16th March 2024            


HSKK Primary-Advanced

18th January 2024

 18th February 2024       

16th April 2024

12th May 2024



YCT Speaking Primary & Intermediate


15th March 2024

15th April 2024

12th June 2024

19th May 2024


HSKK Primary-Advanced

22nd March 2024 22nd April 2024   19th June 2024


22nd June 2024




HSKK Primary-Advanced

26th April 2024

26th May 2024

22nd July 2024

21st July 2024


HSKK Primary-Advanced

24th May 2024

24th June 2024

21st August 2024

8th December 2024               


HSKK Primary-Advanced

11th October 2024

11th November 2024

8th January 2025


On the day of your 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.