HSK

HSK logo centeredHSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, “汉语水平考试”, Chinese Proficiency Test)

HSK (汉语水平考试,Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is an international standardised test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers.

HSKK(汉语水平口语考试,Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi) is an international test Chinese Proficiency Speaking Test for non-native speakers.

The test was developed by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University. It assesses the level of Chinese language proficiency for day-to-day, educational and professional purposes. The HSK test has been conducted internationally since 1992.

Why take Chinese proficiency test?

The test is designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners, overseas ethnic Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities). Attaining a Chinese language proficiency certificate facilitates:

  • enrolment / admission to educational institutions of China;
  • participation in scholarship competition to finance internships in China
  • employment with Chinese, Russian-Chinese joint-venture companies, or Russian organisations that cooperate with China;
  • skill upgrade and confidence in Chinese language skills.

Exam format

HSK (written test)

HSK consists of 6 levels: HSK1, HSK2, HSK3, HSK4, HSK5, and HSK6. HSK1 is the lowest level in terms of ability and HSK6 is the highest. The tests are made up of two or three sections depending on the level. Each section is broken down into a number of questions. Test-takers must achieve at least 60% of total score to pass the test.

Level

Words

Exam structure

Test time

HSK 1

>150

listening, reading

40 mins

HSK 2

>300

55 mins

HSK 3

>600

 

listening, reading, writing

1 hour 30 mins

HSK 4

>1200

1 hour 45 mins

HSK 5

>2500

2 hour 5 mins

HSK 6

>5000

2 hour 20 mins

Speaking test (HSKK)

HSKK only consists of 3 levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The exam structure depends on the level.

HSKK level

HSK level

Words

Exam structure

Test time

HSKK Beginner

 

HSK 1,2

 

>200

Listening and repeating the sentences; listening and giving a brief answer; reading questions and providing detailed answers

 

17 mins

HSKK

Intermediate

 

HSK 3,4

 

>900

Listening and repeating the sentences; describing pictures; reading questions and providing detailed answers

 

21 mins

HSKK

Advanced

HSK 5,6

>3000

Listening and repeating the sentences; reading aloud the passage; reading questions and providing detailed answers

24 mins

Exam fees

Level

Exam fee, roubles

HSK 1

2000*

HSK 2

HSK 3

3000*

HSK 4

HSK 5

4000*

HSK 6

HSKK Beginner

2000*

HSKK Intermediate

3000*

HSKK Advanced

4000*

*Additionally, you will be charged a 1,000-rouble registration fee by the Language Testing Centre at St Petersburg University for processing documents, checking and packaging exam materials for shipping, consulting services and live webinars for the candidates. This additional fee will be included in the cost of the exam.

Registration

Please note that HSK and HSKK are two different exams. If you plan to take both exams in one day, you will need to register for these exams separately.

Exam dates are presented below.

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

Exam dates

Type

Registration window

Results announcement

Sat 26 March

纸笔

26 January – 23 February

26 April

Sat 14 May

纸笔

14 March – 12 April

14 June

Sun 16 October

 纸笔  16 August – 14 September 16 November

Sun 4 December

 纸笔 4 October– 1 November 4 January 2023


HSK Speaking Test (
HSKK)

Exam dates

Registration window

Results announcement

Sat 26 March

26 January – 23 February

26 April

Sat 14 May

14 March – 12 April

14 June

Sun 16 October

16 August – 14 September

16 November

Sun 4 December

4 October– 1 November

4 January 2023

Please note that due to the fast-changing COVID-19-related regulations, you may register for the exam online.

The registration procedure is as follows:

  1. You will need to fill in the form

  2. Email the copies / scans of the following documents to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  1. Russian passport (the personal data page and place of residence page) / a copy of your birth certificate, and a copy of your legal guardian’s passport, if the candidate is under 18 y.o.

  2. International passport (its number will be stated in your certificate). Your certificate will not be accepted abroad unless you submit a copy of an international passport.

  3. Candidates who register for HSK 3-6 and/or HSKK are required to submit a recent black-and-white or colour ID photo.

All incoming applications are processed by the Language Testing Centre manually; therefore, the waiting time for a response is up to 2-3 days. If you have not received a reply to your application in good time, please contact us by phone: +7 (812) 325-11-24.

Note! After emailing the signed documents and the payment receipt to the Language Testing Centre, make sure to check your email box for the acknowledgement email confirming that we received all your documents. If you have not received the acknowledgement email within 2-3 business days, please contact us by phone: +7 (812) 325-11-24.

Contacts

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Telephone: +7 (812) 325-11-24

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