The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi; 汉语水平考试) test of Chinese proficiency is the Chinese government's official system of certifying the Chinese language level of non-native speakers. The test, which has three levels, has been running for nearly three decades, and is available both within China and abroad. It serves as the standard means via which schools, employers and other agencies can assess whether a candidate has a sufficient level of Chinese language knowledge for what they are applying for.
|Test level||Score range||Candidate profile||Test Details|
|Chuji (Elementary)||1, 2, 3||Those whom have taken approximately 100 to 800 hours of Chinese classes, or whom are familiar with 400 to 3000 Chinese words and the corresponding grammar rules.||Three sections: listening, sentence structure and reading comprehension; all 145 questions are multiple choice; test duration is 135min.|
|Zhongji (Elementary/Intermediate)||3, 4, 5; 6, 7, 8||Learners whom have studied 400-2000 hours of Chinese classes, or whom are familiar with 2000 to 5000 Chinese words and the corresponding grammar rules.||Four sections: listening, sentence structure, reading comprehension and fill the blanks. Aside from the fill in the blanks section, the remainder of the 170 questions are multiple choice. Test duration: 145min.|
|Gaoji (Advanced)||9. 10, 11||Aims to determine actual proficiency among those whom have taken 3000 or more hours of Chinese, or whom know more than 5000 Chinese words and the corresponding grammar rules.||Three individually-timed subtests: a general written test (120 questions - listening, reading and fill the blanks), writing composition, and an oral. A variety of question types are used including multiple-choice, matching, fill the blanks and Chinese character writing.Test duration: 155min.|
Fees (within China, non-refundable): 200RMB (basic), 250RMB (intermediate), 400RMB (advanced)
Each test fee includes a 70RMB registration fee which can be used for a later test date if sufficient note and reason are given for being unable to attend a pre-booked test.
Registration requires two 30x40mm photos, as well as phot0-bearing ID. Candidates in turn will be given the HSK User Handbook and a ticket for admission on their test date.
For further information and to register visit: http://www.hsk.org.cn