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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.


2022/2023 test dates - Newcastle University

Test date


 Registration Open        

Registration deadline           

Date of results     

18th March 2023            


HSKK Primary-Advanced

19th January 2023

 19th February 2023       

18th April 2023

13th May 2023



YCT Speaking Primary & Intermediate


16th March 2023

16th April 2023

13th June 2023

14th May 2023


HSKK Primary-Advanced

17th March 2023  17th April 2023   14th June 2023


11th June 2023




HSKK Primary-Advanced

15th April 2023

15th May 2023

11th July 2023

16th July 2023


HSKK Primary-Advanced

19th May 2023

19th June 2023

16th August 2023

3rd December 2023               


HSKK Primary-Advanced

6th October 2023

6th November

3rd January 2024


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.