Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)
The Chinese Proficiency Test

The Confucius Institute at Arizona State University is an authorized testing center in Arizona for the Hanban Chinese Language Proficiency Exams.  that take place several times throughout the year.  Tests are held in the ASU Tempe Campus. 

 

Next online HSK & HSKK tests

Date: Saturday, October 14th 2017

Registration Deadline: October 10th, 2017

Place: Arizona State University Tempe Campus

Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi /HSK & HSKK

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is an international standardized test to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers engaged in daily life and social activities. The HSK is required when applying to study in Chinese universities. 

The HSKK (Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi) is a Chinese Oral Proficiency Test to measure Chinese learners’ speaking skills at all levels.

Registration: Click here for registration directions  

To register, click http://www.chinesetest.cn to sign up for an account and then register. All HSKK oral test applicants and HSK written test (level 4-6) applicants MUST submit a passport-style photo to register for the test. Students should prepare the following materials in advance: 1) a passport size photo; 2) an official ID (passport number of valid student ID); 3) HSK test level; 4) credit card for test fee. 

Questions: Contact ysong105@asu.edu. View testing fee here.

 

Information about the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

  1. What is the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)?
  2. Who is the host organization of HSK?
  3. How many levels in HSK?
  4. What are the content and time limits of HSK?
  5. How many categories in HSK (speaking)?
  6. What are the content and time limits of HSK (speaking)?
  7. What is YCT?
  8. Information and Sample Tests of the HSK?
  9. What are the fees for HSK and YCT?

1. What is the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)?

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is a series test to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. It assesses the examinees' ability to use the Chinese language in communicative activities and understanding in the environment of studying in educational institutions, enterprises and other organizations. The HSK is the abbreviation of Chinese Pinyin: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi.

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2. Who is the host organization of HSK?

The Chinese Ministry of Education established the State Committee for the Chinese Proficiency Test (SCCPT). The Committee fully supervises the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) and is the host organization inside and outside of China. All HSK tests are designed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University located in Beijing, China. The Center's entire work, from making tests to issuing certificates, is supervised by the National Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test under the Ministry of Education of China. All HSK certificates are issued by the National Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test, which is under the Ministry of Education of China.

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3. How many levels in HSK?

The HSK test is divided into six levels:

  • HSK Level 1 is appropriate for beginning learners. Students who have taken two to three Chinese classes per week for one semester and have mastered approximately 150 common vocabulary and relevant grammar are suggested to take Level 1.
  • HSK Level 2 is appropriate for beginning learners. Students who have taken two to three Chinese classes per week for two semesters and have mastered approximately 300 common vocabulary and relevant grammar are suggested to take Level 2.
  • HSK Level 3 is appropriate for intermediate learners. Students who have taken two to three Chinese classes per week for three semesters and have mastered approximately 600 common vocabulary and relevant grammar are suggested to take Level 3.
  • HSK Level 4 is appropriate for intermediate learners. Students who have taken two to four Chinese classes per week for four semesters and have mastered approximately 1200 common vocabulary and relevant grammar are suggested to take Level 4.
  • HSK Level 5 is appropriate for advanced learners. Students who have taken two to four Chinese classes per week for at least four semesters and have mastered approximately 2500 common vocabulary and relevant grammar are suggested to take Level 3.
  • HSK level 6 targets at students who have mastered at least 5000 common Chinese vocabulary.

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4. What are the content and time limits of HSK tests?

4.1 Relationship between HSK and CLPS (Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages)?

HSK test

Vocabulary

CLPS

HSK (Level 6)

5000 min

Level 5

HSK (Level 5)

2500

HSK (Level 4)

1200

Level 4

HSK (Level 3)

600

Level 3

HSK (Level 2)

300

Level 2

HSK (Level 1)

150

Level 1

4.2 Content and time limits

Level 1

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

5

20

App. 15

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

5

Reading

 

Part I

5

20

15

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

5

Copying your answer to the answer sheet

5

Total

N/A

40

App. 35

Level 2

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

10

35

App. 25

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

5

Reading

 

Part I

5

25

20

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

10

Copying your answer to the answer sheet

5

Total

N/A

60

App. 50

Level 3

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

10

40

App. 35

Part II

10

Part III

10

Reading

Part I

10

30

25

Part II

10

 

Part III

10

Writing

Part I

5

10

25

Part II

5

Copying your answer to the answer sheet

10

Total

N/A

80

App. 85

Level 4

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

10

45

App. 30

Part II

15

Part III

20

Reading

Part I

10

40

35

Part II

10

Part III

20

Writing

Part I

10

15

25

Part II

5

Copying your answer to the answer sheet

10

Total

N/A

100

App. 100

Level 5

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

20

45

App. 30

Part II

25

Part III

15

Reading

Part I

15

45

40

Part II

10

Part III

20

Writing

Part I

8

10

40

Part II

2

Copying your answer to the answer sheet

10

Total

N/A

100

App. 120

Level 6

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

15

50

App. 35

Part II

15

Part III

20

Reading

Part I

10

50

45

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

20

Writing

Essay

1

45

Copying your answer to the answer sheet

10

Total

N/A

101

App. 135

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5. How many categories in HSK (speaking)?

HSK speaking tests have three categories: basic, intermediate and advanced.

Basic is appropriate for students who have Chinese for one to two semesters. Students are expected to have mastered approximately 200 common vocabularies.

Intermediate is appropriate for students who have Chinese for one to two academic years. Students are expected to have mastered approximately 900 common vocabularies.

Advanced is appropriate for students who have Chinese over two years. Students are expected to have mastered approximately 3000 common vocabularies.

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6. What are the content and time limits for HSK (speaking)?

6.1 Relationship between HSK speaking and other tests.

Written test

Speaking test

Vocabulary

<CLPS (Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages)?

HSK (Level 6)

HSK (Advanced)

App. 3000

Level 5

HSK (Level 5)

HSK (Level 4)

HSK (Intermediate)

App. 900

Level 4

HSK (Level 3)

Level 3

HSK (Level 2)

HSK (Basic)

App.200

Level 2

HSK (Level 1)

Level 1

6.2 What are the content and time limits of HSK speaking tests?

Basic

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Part I

Listen and repeat

15

4

Part II

Listen and answer

10

3

Part III

Answer questions

2

3

Total

27

10

Intermediate

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Part I

Listen and repeat

10

3

Part II

Picture telling

2

4

Part III

Answer questions

2

4

Total

14

11

Advanced

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Part I

Listen and repeat

3

7

Part II

Read aloud

1

2

Part III

Answer questions

2

5

Total

6

14

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7. What is YCT?

The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is appropriate for young learners of Chinese under the age of 15. Level 1 is appropriate for those who have had 3 months of learning Chinese; Level 2 is appropriate for those who have had one semester of learning Chinese; level 3 is appropriate for those who have had two semesters of learning Chinese is and level 4 is appropriate for those who have had more than two semesters of learning Chinese.

7.1 Relationship between YCT and other tests.

HSK

YCT

Vocabulary

CLPS

HSK (Level 6)

 

5000 min

Level 5

HSK (Level 5)

 

2500

HSK (Level 4)

 

1200

Level 4

HSK (Level 3)

YCT (Level 4)

600

Level 3

HSK (Level 2)

YCT (Level 3)

300

Level 2

HSK (Level 1)

YCT (Level 2)

150

Level 1

 

YCT (Level 1)

80

 

7.2. Contents and time limits of YCT

Level 1

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

5

20

App. 10

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

5

Reading

Part I

5

15

15

Part II

5

Part III

5

Copying your answers to the answer sheet

5

Total

N/A

35

App. 30

Level 2

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

5

20

App. 15

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

5

Reading

Part I

5

20

25

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

5

Copying your answers to the answer sheet

5

Total

N/A

35

App. 45

Level 3

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

10

35

App. 20

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

5

Reading

Part I

5

25

25

Part II

5

Part III

5

Part IV

10

Copying your answers to the answer sheet

10

Total

N/A

35

App. 55

Level 4

Content

Number of questions

Time (min)

Listening

Part I

10

40

App. 30

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

10

Reading

Part I

5

30

25

Part II

10

Part III

10

Part IV

5

Writing

Part I

5

10

15

 

Part II

5

Copying your answers to the answer sheet

10

Total

N/A

80

App. 80

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8.Information and Sample Tests for the HSK

Visit http://www.chinesetesting.cn/gosimexam.do

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9.What are the fees for HSK and YCT?

 

HSK fees

  A B
1 HSK levels Fees
2 HSK (level 1) $20
3 HSK (level 2) $30
4 HSK (level 3) $40
5 HSK (level 4) $50
6 HSK (level 5) $60
7 HSK (level 6) $70

 

YCT fees

A B  
1 YCT levels Fees
2 YCT (level1) $10
3 YCT (level2) $15
4 YCT (level3) $20
5 YCT (level4) $25

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