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HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) Chinese Proficiency Test

The Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University offers online HSK Testing, open to anyone. This page provides general information about the HSK, including the new six levels of the writing test, three new levels of the oral test, the Stony Brook University testing place, fees, and registration procedures.

  • What is the HSK?
  • What makes the new HSK different?
  • How do I know which level to take?
  • What are HSK test scores used for?
  • Test dates
  • Fees
  • How do I register?

What is the HSK?

The HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers. The HSK tests students’ ability to apply Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work.

What makes the new HSK different?

The new HSK test stresses objectivity and accuracy, and also focuses on developing and testing an examinees’ ability to apply Chinese in practical, real-life situations. The new HSK test also sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals.
The new type of examination consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. There are six levels to the written test and three levels of the oral test.

Written Test Oral Test
HSK - Level 5, Level 6 HSK (Advanced)
HSK - Level 3, Level 4 HSK (Intermediate)
HSK - Level 1, Level 2 HSK (Elementary)


The new levels of the HSK written test were developed to match the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and The Common European Framework Reference for Language. A comparison of these measurements:

New HSK Number of Characters Chinese Language Proficiency Scales
for Speakers of Other Languages
The Common European Framework
Reference for Language
, CEF
Level 6 Over 5000 Grade Six C2
Level 5 2500 Grade Five C1
Level 4 1200 Grade Four B2
Level 3 600 Grade Three B1
Level 2 300 Grade Two A2
Level 1 150 Grade One A1

How do I know which level to take?

Descriptions of the six levels of the exam are provided below. Sample exams are available at the following link http://www.cnhsk.org/hsk-intro

HSK - Level 1

Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies. The exam includes a listening section and a reading section and is 40 minutes in length. 

HSK - Level 2

Designed for elementary learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion in their daily lives. The exam includes a listening section and a reading section and is 55 minutes in length.

HSK - Level 3

Designed for elementary-intermediate learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during a visit to China. The exam includes a listening section, a reading section and a writing section and is 90 minutes in length. 

HSK - Level 4

Designed for intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard. The exam includes a listening section, a reading section and a writing section and is 105 minutes in length. Sample Practice Test Level 4

HSK - Level 5

Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese. The exam includes a listening section, a reading section and a writing section and is 120 minutes in length. Sample Practice Test Level 5

HSK- Level 6

Designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form. The exam includes a listening section, a reading section and a writing section and is 135 minutes in length. 

What are HSK test scores used for?

Test scores are used by different organizations and groups of people. The exam:

  • Is the requirement of applying for all kinds of Confucius Institute Scholarships.
  • 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 educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits;
  • Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training.

Test Dates

All levels of the online version of HSK test will take place on the Stony Brook University campus, Melville Library, PC Classroom C1640A and C1640B. Participants wishing to take the online test must register and pay the fee online no later than 10 business days prior to the test date at http://www.chinesetest.cn

Fees

HSK Level Registration/Test Fee
Level 1 $20
Level 2 $30
Level 3 $40
Level 4 $50
Level 5 $60
Level 6 $70

Note: Fees and registration for the HSK are NON-REFUNDABLE.

How Do I Register?

Click here for HSK Registration Manual for step-by-step instructions
Click here for test schedule

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