Chinese Proficiency Test
Shraya Singh, 07 Dec 2018
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Chinese Test: Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - The Chinese Proficiency Test or the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an internationally-recognized test in Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers and users of the Chinese language. This is commonly known as the Chinese test and is a standardized test which leads to an international certification in Chinese and is used by individuals for professional, academic as well as personal purposes. There are six HSK levels based on the level of proficiency in Chinese. Apart from HSK, the other standardized and internationally-recognized Chinese proficiency tests which are offered as Chinese tests include the HSKK or the HSK Speaking Test, the Youth Chinese Test or YCT and the Business Chinese Test or BCT. Details regarding the various Chinese proficiency tests provided by Chinese tests have been provided for prospective candidates.


HSK Test Registration

The HSK test registration process for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is to be carried out online by prospective Chinese test candidates. The steps involved in the HSK test registration process are:

  • Candidates need to create a Chinese test login ID in order to complete HSK test registration for any of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) levels.

  • The candidate must choose the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) level which he or she would like to appear for as well as the Chinese test format i.e. paper-based or internet-based.

  • Upon Chinese test level and format selection, the candidate will be able to select the desired Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) test center as well as test date from the dates available for the given center. 

  • Upon selection of the Chinese test specifics, the candidate will need to fill out a few required personal and other details. 

  • The candidate must also upload a 2-inch photograph in the JPG format to the Chinese test login ID at the time of HSK test registration. The size of the photograph must not exceed 100KB. 

  • Subsequent to HSK test registration, the candidate will need to make the fee payment for the Chinese test via either online or offline payment methods according to the payment requirement at the specific Chinese test center. 

  • Candidates who have completed the HSK test registration can download various resources using the Chinese test login ID including HSK test sample papers and questions.

  • After successful HSK test registration, the candidate will receive an HSK test registration confirmation email within 10 days at his or her registered email address. In case the the candidate does not receive the confirmation, then he or she should contact the respective test center.

  • The candidate can collect the admit card for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) from the test center or print it through his or her Chinese test login ID. The candidate must carry the admit card on the day of the Chinese test along with requisite stationery.

Click here to register for the Chinese Proficiency Test!


HSK Test Centers

There are 12 different centers for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in India. Some of these test centers also offer other Chinese tests whereas others offer only the HSK 1-6 tests. The Chinese test is offered in the paper-based test mode at a majority of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) test centers. There is one center in India where the Chinese test is offered in the online or internet-based testing format. The various centres have been listed below.

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HSK Test Centers

Test City

State

Test Center Name

Test format

Gwalior

Madhya Pradesh

Space Computer and Training Academy

Paper-based

Gwalior

Madhya Pradesh

Space Computer and Training Academy (internet-based test)

Internet-based

Kannur

Kerala

Ceeco International Consultancy and Training Center

Paper-based

Hyderabad

Telangana

Arise Medical Academy

Paper-based

Gandhinagar

Gujarat

Safalya International Educare Pvt. Ltd.

Paper-based

Calicut

Kerala

Malabar Aviation Academy

Paper-based

Kolkata

West Bengal

The School of Chinese Language

Paper-based

New Delhi

Delhi

Langma School of Languages

Paper-based

Mumbai

Maharashtra

Confucius Institute, University of Mumbai

Paper-based

Mumbai

Maharashtra

K. J. Somaiya Center for Buddhist Studies

Paper-based

Vellore

Tamil Nadu

Chinese Language Center of VIT

Paper-based

New Delhi

Delhi

Learn from the Best, SHF India Office

Paper-based


HSK Test Dates

The Chinese Proficiency Test or HSK test dates are released throughout the year for prospective students who want to appear for the Chinese tests. The dates for 2019 have been announced and are common for all the HSK test centers around the world. These dates are also dependent upon test center availability and therefore are announced 8-10 times in a year for specific test centers on a rolling basis and therefore, candidates can only select their preferred date according to the availability for the nearest or preferred test center. 


HSK Test Dates 2019 

Test date

Test format

Registration deadline

Score announcement

PBT

IBT

PBT

IBT

January 12

PBT + IBT

December 16, 2018

January 2

February 19

January 28

February 24

PBT + IBT

January 28

February 14

March 24

March 11

March 10

IBT

-

February 28

-

March 25

March 23

PBT + IBT

February 24

March 13

April 23

April 8

April 14

PBT + IBT

March 18

April 4

May 14

April 29

May 11

PBT + IBT

April 14

May 1

June 11

May 27

May 26

IBT

-

May 16

-

June 10

June 16

PBT + IBT

May 20

June 6

July 16

July 1

June 29

IBT

-

June 19

-

July 15

July 13

PBT + IBT

June 16

July 3

August 13

July 29

July 21

IBT

-

July 11

-

August 5

August 17

PBT + IBT

July 21

August 7

September 17

September 2

September 22

PBT + IBT

August 26

September 12

October 22

October 14

October 13

PBT + IBT

September 16

October 3

November 13

October 28

October 26

IBT

-

October 16

-

November 11

November 16

PBT + IBT

October 20

November 6

December 16

December 2

December 1

PBT + IBT

November 4

November 21

January 1, 2020

December 16


The various HSK test dates in India and the test centers at which the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) will be offered for the given date have been mentioned below.

HSK Test Dates and Center Availability

HSK test centers

HSK test dates

Available Chinese test

Space Computer and Training Academy (internet-based test)

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

March 10, 2019

March 23, 2019

Space Computer and Training Academy 

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

March 23, 2019

The School of Chinese Language

January 12, 2019

HSK 2, HSK 3

February 24, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

March 23, 2019

HSK 2, HSK 3

K. J. Somaiya Center for Buddhist Studies

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

March 23, 2019

Confucius Institute, University of Mumbai

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

HSK 2

March 23, 2019

HSK 2

Chinese Language Center of VIT

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

March 23, 2019

Safalya International Educare Pvt. Ltd.

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

March 23, 2019

Ceeco International Consultancy and Training Center

January 12, 2019

HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5, HSK 6

February 24, 2019

March 23, 2019


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Levels

There are a total of six different levels for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) which range from HSK 1 to HSK 6. These six proficiency levels correspond to the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages  or CEFR. HSK 1 is the most basic level of language proficiency for the Chinese tests and HSK 6 is the highest level of Chinese test proficiency which is equivalent to the language proficiency of a near-native speaker. 

  • HSK 1

The HSK 1 test attests a candidate’s basic proficiency in everyday Chinese and this chinese test is equivalent to the A1 level on the CEFR scale. It is understood that candidate who pass the HSK 1 test are able to meet the basic requirements for communication in Chinese. 

Language required: 150 commonly used words and basic grammar. 

Total test duration: 40 minutes


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - Level I

Chinese test section

Number of questions

Duration

Listening

Part I

5 items

20

Approx. 15 minutes

Part II

5 items

Part III

5 items

Part IV

5 items

Time provided for filling in answers for the listening comprehension

3 minutes

Reading

Part I

5 items

20

17 minutes

Part II

5 items

Part III

5 items

Part IV

5 items

Total

40 items

35 minutes


  • HSK 2 

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) level 2 is for basic Chinese and is considered equivalent to the A2 level of on the CEFR scale. Candidates who successfully clear the Chinese test for HSK 2 are considered to have an excellent command over basic Chinese. 

Language required: 300 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

Total test duration: 55 minutes


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - Level II

Chinese test section

Number of questions

Duration

Listening

Part I

10 items

35

Approx. 25 minutes

Part II

10 items

Part III

10 items

Part IV

5 items

Time provided for filling in answers for the listening comprehension

3 minutes

Reading

Part I

5 items

25

22 minutes

Part II

5 items

Part III

5 items

Part IV

10 items

Total

60 items

50 minutes


  • HSK 3

The HSK 3 level of the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is considered equivalent to the B1 level of the CEFR scale. Candidates who successfully clear this Chinese test are considered to have an understanding of the language which allows them to carry out basic conversations in the academic, personal and professional environment.

Language required: 600 commonly used words and associated grammar patterns.

Total test duration: 90 minutes


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - Level III

Chinese test section

Number of questions

Duration

Listening

Part I

10 items

40

Approx. 35 minutes

Part II

10 items

Part III

10 items

Part IV

10 items

Time provided for filling in answers for the listening comprehension

5 minutes

Reading

Part I

10 items

30

30 minutes

Part II

10 items

Part III

10 items

Writing

Part I

5 items

10

15 minutes

Part II

5 items

Total

80 items

85 minutes


  • HSK 4

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) level 4 test is considered equivalent to the B2 level of the CEFR scale. Candidates who clear this test are considered to have the ability to converse in Chinese in a wide array of topics and be able to maintain conversations with native Chinese speakers. 

Language required: 1,200 commonly used words and associated grammar patterns.

Total test duration: 105 minutes


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - Level IV

Chinese test section

Number of questions

Duration

Listening

Part I

10 items

45

Approx. 30 minutes

Part II

15 items

Part III

20 items

Time provided for filling in answers for the listening comprehension

5 minutes

Reading

Part I

10 items

40

40 minutes

Part II

10 items

Part III

20 items

Writing

Part I

10 items

15

25 minutes

Part II

5 items

Total

100 items

Approx. 100 minutes


  • HSK 5

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) level 5 is considered equivalent to the C1 level of the CEFR scale. Candidates who successfully clear this test are considered proficient in Chinese and watch Chinese movies, read newspapers and books in Chinese and even give full-length speeches in the language. 

Language required: 2,500 commonly used words and related grammar patterns. 

Total test duration: 125 minutes


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - Level V

Chinese test section

Number of questions

Duration

Listening

Part I

20 items

45

Approx. 30 minutes

Part II

25 items

Time provided for filling in answers for the listening comprehension

5 minutes

Reading

Part I

15 items

45

45 minutes

Part II

10 items

Part III

20 items

Writing

Part I

8 items

10

40 minutes

Part II

2 items

Total

100 items

Approx. 120 minutes


  • HSK 6

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) for level 6 is considered equivalent to the C2 level of the CEFR scale and is the highest level of proficiency which individuals can obtain. Candidates who successfully clear this Chinese test are considered to have a near-native proficiency in Chinese and can effectively communicate, both in the oral and written format, in Chinese.

Language required: 5,000 or more commonly used words and associated grammar patterns.

Total test duration: 140 minutes


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) - Level VI

Chinese test section

Number of questions

Duration

Listening

Part I

15 items

50

Approx. 35 minutes

Part II

15 items

Part III

20 items

Time provided for filling in answers for the listening comprehension

5 minutes

Reading

Part I

10 items

50

50 minutes

Part II

10 items

Part III

10 items

Part IV

20 items

Writing

Prose writing

1 item

10

45 minutes

Total

101 items

Approx. 135 minutes


HSK Test Registration Fees

The requisite fees for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) levels varies depending upon the rate of conversion at the time of test registration. The fees for the Chinese tests also may be dependent upon the individual test center at times. As the Chinese test fees are subject to frequent changes, the requisite fee structure is provided to the students upon registration for the specific Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) as well as using the candidate’s Chinese test login ID.


In order to help candidates understand the approximate fees that may be required for the Chinese tests, the fee structure for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) 2018 has been provided below for candidates residing in India:

 

HSK Test Registration Fees 2018

Chinese test level

Chinese test fees 

HSK 1

INR 1,500

HSK 2

INR 2,500

HSK 3

INR 3,500

HSK 4

INR 4,500

HSK 5

INR 5,500

HSK 6

INR 6,500


HSK Test Sample Tests

The Chinese Proficiency Test or HSK test sample questions and answers as well as practice papers are available for download for candidates who have created a Chinese test login ID. the HSK test sample questions are a helpful study and practice resource for prospective Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) candidates. 


HSK Test Result

The test results for the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) are provided to the student approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the date of the Chinese test. These results report the section-wise scores, the maximum score (in each section and overall) as well as the candidate’s total score. The candidate must obtain a score above the passing score in order to clear the concerned Chinese test and earn the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificate for the specific HSK level. The score requirement varies for different levels of the Chinese test.


  • For HSK 1-2

As there are only two sections in HSK 1 and HSK 2 which are listening and reading, the reported scores include the reading score, the listing score and the total score. The various scores for the Chinese test are:


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Result (HSK 1 and HSK 2)

Chinese test section

Maximum score

Listening 

100

Reading 

100

Total

200


Candidates are required to obtain a minimum score of 120 on the HSK 1 and HSK 2 in order to pass the Chinese test and earn the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificate.


  • For HSK 3-6

There are three sections in HSK 3-6 which are listening, reading and writing. Therefore, the reported score comprises the listening score, the reading score, the writing score and the total score. The various scores for the Chinese test are:


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Result (HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6)

Chinese test section

Maximum score

Listening 

100

Reading 

100

Writing 

100

Total

300


Candidates are required to obtain at least a total score of 180 in order to successfully clear the Chinese test and subsequently earn the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificate. 


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) Validity

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) certificates are essentially valid for an indefinite amount of time and have no definitive expiration date. Despite this, if an individual intends to use the Chinese test certificate for professional or academic purposes such as pursuing a program at a Chinese university or a job in a Chinese firm or company, then employers and evaluators often prefer that the language Chinese test certification is recent and not more than 2 years old. Therefore, in the professional and academic context, the Chinese test certificate can be considered to have a validity of two years. 


Chinese Test Center Contact Information 

In case the HSK test registration confirmation email is not received by any of the Chinese test candidates or any other issue with HSK test registration or testing arises, then candidates can contact their respective test center for assistance. The contact numbers and email addresses for the various Chinese test centers in India have been listed in the table below.


Chinese Test Center Contact Details

Chinese test center name

Phone number

Email address

Space Computer and Training Academy

91-751-4018259 

[email protected]

Ceeco International Consultancy and Training Center

0091-460-2200121

0091 8136934666

0086 15778411369

[email protected]

[email protected]

Arise Medical Academy

00917680929292

[email protected]

Safalya International Educare Pvt. Ltd.

91-92275-12756

[email protected]

Malabar Aviation Academy

00917025361771

[email protected]

The School of Chinese Language

0091-7596011785

0091- 9433019114

[email protected]

[email protected]

Langma School of Languages

(+91) 9650928449

(+91) 9810117094

[email protected]

Confucius Institute, University of Mumbai

0091- 22 - 26543567

0091-9619804984

0091-9594494171

[email protected]

[email protected]

K. J. Somaiya Center for Buddhist Studies

0091-22-67283252

[email protected][email protected]

Chinese Language Center of VIT

+91-416-2202798

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected] 

Learn from the Best, SHF India Office

+91 7042693803

+91 7503442252

[email protected] 

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