The HSK exam is used as the worldwide standard in assessing Mandarin speaking ability. This page contains information on exam dates, registration fees, and examination locations.
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The new HSK consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. The written test is comprised of HSK Level 1, HSK Level 2, HSK Level 3, HSK Level 4, HSK- Level 5 and HSK- Level 6, while the oral test is comprised of HSK (Elementary), HSK (Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used.
|Written Test||Oral Test||Vocabulary||CEF*|
|HSK Level 6||Advanced||5000||C2|
|HSK Level 5||Advanced||2500||C1|
|HSK Level 4||Intermediate||1200||B2|
|HSK Level 3||Intermediate||600||B1|
|HSK Level 2||Elementary||300||A2|
|HSK Level 1||Elementary||150||A1|
*The CEF (Common European Framework Reference for Language) is used as a direct comparison between the new HSK test and European language level.
Here is a description of each of the levels of the HSK exam, and a guideline for the level required at each stage:
HSK Test Functions
Taking its orientation from the old HSK test, the new HSK test is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners. The test scores meet the various demands of different organizations or groups of people as follows:
- Offers a reference for educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits;
- Offers a reference for employers to employ, train and promote employees;
- Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese;
- Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training.
Test Score Report
Within three weeks after the test, examinees can access their test scores on the internet and have their ‘Score Report’ issued by Hanban.