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HSK Test - Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or Chinese Proficiency Test is an internationally recognized exam that assesses the proficiency of non-native Chinese speakers. Here are some key points to know about the HSK test:


New HSK Test 3.0: The new HSK test 3.0 is scheduled to launch in March 2022. It will be divided into three levels and nine bands, with the advanced level (band 7-9) being introduced. However, the current HSK levels 1-6 test will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future.


HSK Test 2.0: The current version of the HSK test is known as HSK test 2.0. It consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test has six levels (HSK levels I-VI), and the speaking test has three levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced).


HSK Test Levels: The HSK test is divided into six levels, ranging from HSK Level I to HSK Level VI. Each level assesses different language skills and abilities. The higher the level, the more advanced the language proficiency required.


HSK Speaking Test: The HSK Speaking Test is conducted separately from the writing test and assesses the test takers' oral communication skills. It has three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.


HSK Test Fees: The test fees for the HSK test may vary depending on the country and test center. Test takers need to contact the test centers directly to inquire about the fees. The fees can be paid in the local currency (e.g., RMB in Beijing and Shanghai):

Level

Writing Test

Speaking Test

1

150

200 (Beginner Level)

2

250

200 (Beginner Level)

3

350

300 (Intermediate Level)

4

450

300 (Intermediate Level)

5

550

400 (Advanced Level)

6

650

400 (Advanced Level)


Registration: Test takers can register for the HSK test online through the official website, www.chinesetest.cn. The registration process may require providing personal information and selecting the desired test level.


Testing Principles and Purposes: The HSK test follows the principle of "test-teaching correlation" and aims to promote learning and training through testing. It serves as a reference for educational institutions in making decisions regarding student placement, course exemptions, and credits. It is also used by employers to assess job applicants' Chinese language proficiency and by learners to self-assess and improve their skills.


Results and Certificates: Test takers receive their HSK test results within three weeks after the test. The results are issued in the form of a certificate, which can be used as a reference for educational institutions, employers, and learners themselves to evaluate language proficiency and training effectiveness.


The HSK test is continuously updated and improved to meet the needs of Chinese language learners worldwide. It plays a crucial role in assessing and promoting Chinese language education and proficiency on an international scale.

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