At the Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow we usually only offer paper-based Chinese language exams for the HSK, HSKK, and YCT Chinese Language Certificates.

Whilst we are not currently offering these in-person at the University, exam applicants can register directly to the Chinese Proficiency Test UK Committee for the Online Home-Based Edition of the exams. To register please visit the Chinese Testing International website.

Please read the guidance notes carefully before applying and paying the test fee. 
HSK, HSKK, and YCT Online Chinese Test (Home Edition) 
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Please note: there are now new requirements for candidates taking HSK 3 and above that a HSKK exam must be taken on the same day. 

The next available 2022 dates for taking the Home Edition of the Online Chinese Proficiency Test are:

  • 27 February - registration deadline 13 February
  • 12 March - registration deadline 26 February
  • 23 April - registration deadline 9 April
  • 25 June - registration deadline 11 June

For descriptions of test levels and other useful information, please see further details below.

HSK Chinese Proficiency test

The new HSK Chinese Proficiency test was launched by the Centre for Language Education and Cooperation, UK (formerly Hanban) in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

HSK and HSKK test useful information

HSK Exam Duration, Vocabulary and Score

Level

Duration

Vocabulary(words)

Total Score

Passing Score

HSK Level 1

40 minutes

150

200

120

HSK Level 2

55 minutes

300

200

120

HSK Level 3

90 minutes

600

300

180

HSK Level 4

105 minutes

1200

300

180

HSK Level 5

125 minutes

2500

300

180

HSK Level 6

140 minutes

5000

300

180

 

HSKK (oral) Exam Duration and Score

Level

Duration

Total Score

Passing Score

HSKK Basic

17 minutes

100

60

HSKK Intermediate

21 Minutes

100

60

HSKK Advanced

25 minutes

100

60

 

Test Structure

 

The new HSK Chinese Proficiency test is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK Chinese Proficiency Test consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK Level 1, HSK Level 2, HSK Level 3, HSK Level 4, HSK Level 5, and HSK Level 6. There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK (beginner level), HSK (intermediate level), and HSK (advanced level). During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

Writing TestSpeaking Test
HSK (Level VI) HSK (Advanced Level) HSK (Advanced Level)
HSK (Level V)
HSK (Level IV) HSK (Intermediate Level) HSK (Intermediate Level)
HSK (Level III)
HSK (Level II) HSK (Beginner Level) HSK (Beginner Level)
HSK (Level I)

Test Levels

 

The different levels of the new HSK are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

New HSKVocabularyCLPSCEF
HSK (Level VI) Over 5,000 Level V C2
HSK (Level V) 2500 C1
HSK (Level IV) 1200 Level IV B2
HSK (Level III) 600 Level III B1
HSK (Level II) 300 Level II A2

HSK (Level I)

150 Level I A1

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
  • Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

Test Principles

 

The new HSK Chinese Proficiency Test follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”, bases the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbooks. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

The new HSK emphasizes the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluation and stresses the learners’ actual Chinese language abilities.

The new HSK sets clear test objectives to allow the test takers to be able to improve their Chinese language abilities in a systematic and efficient way.

Testing Purposes

 

The new HSK Chinese Proficiency Test retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

  1. A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and giving students academic credits.
  2. A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.
  3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

Results Certificate

Test takers can log in at www.chinesetest.cn to inquire about the test result (after 10 days for the HSK and YCT;
after 25 days for the HSKK).

An electronic score report will be available on the test website (www.chinesetest.cn).

The Chinese Proficiency Test UK Committee will post your certificate out to you to the address you have indicated on your registration form.