HSK EXAM

HSK Exam in Chinese is Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试) literally meaning “Mandarin Level Test”.

The HSK exam is an official examination designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers from beginners to advanced Level (divided in levels 1-6). It is an internationally recognized standard in assessing your Chinese language level and the result can be used to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship (CIS). It is also accepted by universities in China as proof of Chinese proficiency. It is organized by Hanban (汉办) the part of the Chinese Ministry of Education also in charge of the Confucius Institutes (孔子学院).

The HSK Exam is administered by testing centres around the world, including private language schools, universities and Confucius institutes. Exam questions and dates are the same everywhere in the world, however not all testing centres choose to offer the HSK test every month.

Many students wish to take a HSK Exam for a number of reasons which range from finding their current level of Chinese, achieving a personal goal, or for future career progression.

The ABCI is a registered and authorised HSK Testing Centre from HSK 1 through to HSK 6.

Image

HSK TEST LEVELS

There are six HSK Levels overall. HSK 1 covers basic Chinese language through to HSK 6 which is outright fluency in all circumstances. The HSK exam is split into sections. Listening, Reading and Writing (from HSK 3-6). Each section is broken down into a number of questions to test your ability in all forms of Chinese. There is no speaking involved. You can actually take a Chinese speaking test, this is referred to as the HSKK Exam.

HSK-Level 1: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 1 can understand and use simple words and sentences to fulfil specific communication needs and have a foundation for the further study of Chinese.

HSK-Level 2: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 2 can communicate simply and directly on daily topics they are familiar with. Level 2 have reached the advanced stage of beginner level.

HSK-Level 3: Test takes who reach HSK-Level 3 can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. If travelling in China, Level 3 can handle most communication tasks they encounter.

HSK-Level 4: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are able to communicate with native speaker.

HSK-Level 5: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 5 can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, appreciate Chinese films and television, and are able to write and deliver a full speech.

HSK-Level 6: Test takers who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen, and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese.

HSK Level
Test Duration
Total Score
Passing Score
Vocabulary

Written Test

Words
(cumulative/new)
Characters
(cumulative/new)
ListeningReadingWriting
1
35 minutes
200
120
150
150
174
174

20 questions

15 min

20 questions

17 min

Not tested

2
50 minutes
200
120
300
150
347
173

35 questions

25 min

25 questions

22 min

Not tested

3
85 minutes
300
180
600
300
617
270

40 questions

30 questions

10 items

100 minutes
300
180
1200
600
1064
447

45 questions

40 questions

15 items

5
120 minutes
300
180
2500
1300
1685
621

45 questions

45 questions

10 items

6
135 minutes
300
180
5000
2500
2663
978

50 questions

50 questions

1 composition

HSK EXAM DATES 2020

The upcoming 2020 HSK exam dates are as follows:

Examination Date

Payment and registration deadline

 Online Results

Dec 6 (Sun)

November 9

January 6, 2021

HSK EXAMINATION FEES

The examination fees for each level are as follows:

HSK Exam Level

Fee (€)

Level 1

50,00

Level 2

60,00

Level 3

80,00

Level 4

100,00

Level 5

120,00

Level 6

130,00

The exam dates are always either on a Saturday or a Sunday. For HSK levels 2, 4 and 6 the exam starts at 9am and for HSK levels 1, 3 and 5 at 1:30pm.

HSK TEST Registration and Payment

Ι. To successfully register for the test, please follow the steps

01

Log into the website

www.chinesetest.cn
02

User Registration

Register as a Test Taker. If you don’t have an account, click on ‘New User’ to create one. Remember your Username and Password. Complete the gaps as required (name, date of birth, native language etc)
03

Test Registration

Select the test level, form (paper-based), test center and date.
04

Fill in your personal information

Fill in your name, nationality, information of your identity certificate etc.
05

Upload a photo

Upload a standard, 2-inch identification photo in a JPG format not larger than 100KB. Photo upload is required for HSK 4, 5 & 6. For Levels 1, 2 & 3 upload is optional.
06

Confirm the registration information

Select “Confirm and Submit”.
07

Pay the test fee

After registering online, pay the test fee before the registration deadline by direct deposit to the Athens Business Confucius Institute account at National Bank of Greece. You can do this at any National Bank branch, via an ATM or via web/mobile banking through your own bank. If there is no evidence of a money transfer before the registration deadline , then your registration is unfortunately invalid and you cannot take part in the examination. After you have paid, the test cannot be cancelled.

The name of the examinee should appear in the ‘Αιτιολογία’ field on the bank deposit slip or web/mobile banking transaction form.

You will need the following information for direct deposit and web banking:

Bank Name:  

Account holder: 

Account Number: 

IBAN:    

Transaction Purpose:   

National Bank of Greece

OPA / ELKE / Business Confucius Institute of Athens

110 / 4 8015 124

GR20 0110 1100 0000 1104 8015 124

The name of the examinee & HSK Level

08

Collect/Print the test Admission Ticket

Ten days before the exam date, log into www.chinesetest.cn and print your test admission ticket (Personal Information Center->Test Taker Information->Print). On the test date, you must bring and present your printed test admission ticket and identity certificate.

Click here to download a Reference Admission Ticket Sample.

II. Requirements for test takers’ photo 

Requirements for the photo are applicable mainly to HSK Levels 4‐6, HSKK, BCT and YCT oral test, and the test score report for other levels does not carry a photo.

Preparation for the photo and its usage should meet the following requirements:

Format requirements for the photo:

‐ Test takers’ recent photo for identification (in a standard, two‐inch form), and photos of daily life or landscape will not be accepted;

‐ No hat, scarf, headband or sunglasses are allowed to appear (except for special religious reasons);

‐ Both black‐and‐white and color photos are acceptable, and a white background is preferred.

To submit the photo, test takers may either log into the Chinese testing service website and upload the electronic photo in line with guidance from the website or bring the photo to teachers at the test center responsible for the registration and ask them to assist with the uploading.

 

III. Test admission ticket 

Information on the test admission ticket includes test takers’ name, nationality, gender, type and number of the identity certificate, test subject, test time, test center, test location and test rules, etc. After receiving the test admission ticket, test takers shall carefully check the accuracy of the information on it item by item. Such information as test takers’ name, gender, date of birth and identification number must be identical with that on his/her valid identity certificate; otherwise he/she will not be allowed to take the test.

If any incorrect information is found, please contact the test center to make appropriate modification; otherwise test takers’ test results will become invalid.

The test admission ticket is an important proof that test takers have got the admission to the test, and those who do not carry a test admission ticket will not be admitted to the test room to take the test.

After the test, test takers shall still keep their test admission ticket, which will be required before the receipt of the score report. To view the test results online or enjoying such value‐added service as applying for an additional score report, test takers also need to provide the number of his/her test admission ticket no.

Click here  to download a Reference Admission Ticket Sample. 

 

IV. How to change the test date 

After the registration and payment, test takers can apply to change the test date within the stipulated time, but cannot cancel the registered test; neither can the registered test center nor test level be changed.

To change the test date, test takers need to log into the Chinese testing service website (www.chinesetest.cn) and enter the Personal Center to make an application. The new test date shall be one at the same level and test center in the same year.

Deadline and charges for changing the test date are as follows:

  • Before the registration deadline (including the deadline): test takers can change the test date for free.
  • Between the registration deadline and 10 days before the test (including the 10th day): test takers need to pay an amount equal to 30% of the test fee before they can apply for the change during this period.
  • Within 10 days before the test (excluding the 10th day): No application for changes of this kind will be accepted.

For test takers to take the internet‐based test, the valid period for changing the test date for free is 27 days before the test, and other relevant rules are the same with the paper‐based test.

 

V. Test regulations 

 

  1. Articles Carried for the test

On the test date, test takers must bring the following articles to the test room:

‐ Test admission ticket;

‐ Identity certificate (copies are invalid) which is authentic, valid, identical with the registration information and carries a photo;

‐ 2B pencils (two or more) and eraser, in the event that it is a paper‐based test.

Other personal articles of test takers cannot be carried with them during the test but shall be placed in the depository or place designated by the test examiner. Do not bring any valuables to the test room; otherwise no compensation will be made for the loss.

Test takers who are unable to present the valid identity certificate and test admission ticket will not be permitted to take the test, nor will the test fee be refunded.

 

  1. Time of admission

Test takers shall arrive at the exam room half an hour before the start of the test, so as to avoid being late. After the admission, no test takers are allowed to leave the test room until the end of the Listening part.

Paper‐based test: Before the start of the Listening part, late test takers can enter the test room and take the test; after the Listening part has started, late test takers have to wait till its end before entering the test room to work on the Reading part, with no extra time added to make up for the delay; after the start of the Reading part, late test takers are not allowed to enter the test room to take the test.

Oral test: Before the start of the recording, late test takers can enter the test room and take the test; but after the recording has started, late test takers are not allowed to enter the test room to take the test.

 

  1. Test Methods

(1) Test takers shall take the test in line with the arrangements and instructions of the examiner(s).

(2) All the answers shall be provided by filling in the answer sheet with a 2B pencil.

(3) Answering of the oral test shall be in the form of live recording, and test takers shall complete the test with their own recording device separately in line with the instructions and arrangements by the examiner(s).

 

  1. Test regulations

(1) Test takers must sit in the assigned seats and have no right to choose seats.

(2) Test takers must follow instructions of the examiner(s), observe the test rules, and independently complete various parts of the test.

(3) No break will be set during the test. If, due to any special reason, test takers need to leave the exam room halfway, he/she shall first obtain the consent of the examiner(s) and then submit his/her test admission certificate and identity certificate to the examiner(s) before leaving the exam room. After his/her return, the examiner(s) will give back the test admission ticket and identity certificate.

(4) In the oral test, no test takers shall temporarily leave the room. If any test takers has to leave, then the departure means to withdraw from the test.

 

  1. Handling of emergencies

(1) In case of any unfair treatment of test takers due to mismanagement of the test room, such as insufficient test time and damage to the paper or test equipment, which makes test takers unable to complete the test, the Chinese Testing International will make timely arrangements for a new, free test for him/her, but it will not assume any indirect loss and the test site cannot be changed.

(2) In case of any force majeure, such as a natural disaster or accident, which makes test takers unable to complete the test, the Chinese Testing International will make timely arrangements for a new, free test for him/her or fully refund the test fee to him/her, but it will not assume any indirect loss.

 

  1. Absence from the test

If test takers fail to take the test on the test date due to certain reason that is not attributable to the test organizer, no test fee will be refunded.

 

  1. Violations and penalties

Test takers shall not open the paper in advance or write down the answer out of the right answering area, neither shall they tear, replace, copy the paper, nor take the paper or the answer sheet outside the test room. In case of any of such acts as cheat, substitution of the test taker, plagiarism, smuggled material, or disobedience to instructions of the examiner(s), the test results will be canceled.

 

VI. Test scores

 

  1. Score enquiry

One month after taking the test, test takers can log into the Chinese testing service website (www.chinesetest.cn) and enter his/her test admission ticket number as well as name to view the test scores.

  1. Score report

The printed official test score reports will be delivered to Athens Business Confucius Institute within 2 months after the test date, and test takers can get it there by presenting their test identity certificate and admission ticket.

Click here  to download a Score Report Sample. 

  1. Validity period of score report

The test result is a long term available, but the score report to be used for the application to Chinese universities and colleges is valid within two years (from the test date).

 

VII. Additional services concerning score report

 

  1. Delivery of an additional score report

For the purpose of helping test takers present their score reports of the Chinese test as a proof of their Chinese proficiency for college application, graduation, recruitment, promotion, etc., it’s available for test takers to apply for the delivery of an additional score reports via the Chinese testing service website (www.chinesetest.cn). For details of the application forms and fees, please visit the Chinese testing service website (www.chinesetest.cn).

  1. Modification of the score report

The HSK score report serves as an important proof of test takers’ Chinese proficiency. In view that some test takers may fail to carefully check the information as required during their registration online or at the test center or fail to carefully check the registration confirmation or the test admission ticket after the completion of the test registration, which may lead to discrepancy between the personal information on the score report and the real information, the Chinese testing service website (www.chinesetest.cn), in order to ensure the normal use of the report, allows test takers to apply for the modification of the score report.

Requirements for test takers’ application to modify the score report:

(1) An application to modify the information is limited to the following situations:

  • Misspelling of the name
  • Error of the nationality information
  • Error of the gender information

(2) Test takers must provide the relevant supporting certificates, such as his/her passport and identity card.

(3) The application shall be filed within the validity period of the test results report (i.e., within two years after the end of the test).

 

HSK Vocabulary and Tests

HSK Level 1

The HSK Level 1 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 1 can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

I. Test Target

The HSK Level 1 is intended for students who have studied Chinese for an academic year, with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.
 

II. Test Content

HSK Level 1 test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 40 items.

In the exam both Pinyin and Hanzi will be used. All the vocabulary, along with a test paper are attached in the PDF.

 

HSK Level 1 Vocabulary and Test

HSK Level 3

The HSK Level 3 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 3) 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.

I. Test Target

The HSK Level 3 is intended for students who have studied Chinese for three academic years, with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

II. Test Content

The HSK Level 3 test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 80 items.

 

HSK Level 2 Vocabulary and Test

HSK Level 5

The HSK Level 5 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 5 can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

I. Test Target

The HSK Level 5 is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-4 class hours per week for more than five academic years. These students have mastered 2,500 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

II. Test Content

The HSK Level 5 test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 100 items. The test taker will be required to write two (2) articles about 80 characters each long based on pictures and words provided.

 

HSK Level 5 Vocabulary and Test

HSK Level 2

The HSK Level 2 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 2 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.

I. Test Target

The HSK Level 2 is intended for students who have studied Chinese for two academic years, with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 300 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

II. Test Content

The HSK Level 2 test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 60 items.

In the exam both Pinyin and Hanzi will be used. All the vocabulary, along with a test paper are attached in the PDF.

 

HSK Level 2 Vocabulary and Test

HSK Level 4

The HSK Level 4 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 4 can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

I. Test Target

The HSK Level 4 is intended for students who have studied Chinese at least 2-4 class hours per week for four academic years. These students have mastered 1,200 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

II. Test Content

The HSK Level 4 test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing and contains a total of 100 test items.

 

HSK Level 4 Vocabulary and Test

HSK Level 6

The HSK Level 6 assesses test takers’ abilities in the application of everyday Chinese. Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Level 6 can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

I. Test Target

HSK Level 6 is intended for students who have mastered 5,000 or more commonly used words.

II. Test Content

The HSK Level 6 test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 101 items. The test taker will be required to read a narrative article (with title) of about 1,000 characters within 10 minutes, and then rewrite it into a shorter article of about 400 characters within 35 minutes. It is not required to express personal opinions.

 

HSK Level 6 Vocabulary and Test

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I know my HSK Level?

Your teacher will guide and assess your Chinese language level throughout your course with Athens Business Confucius Institute. They will tell you what your level is and what exam you should be aiming to take. You can then prepare for this accordingly.

Newsletter Registration

WHERE WE ARE

29, Evelpidon str. GR-11362, Athens Greece (5th Floor) - Offices and Classrooms

46 Kefallinias str., GR-11251 Athens (1st Floor) - Classrooms

Phone: +30 210 8226 735
Email: confucius@aueb.gr

© 2020 Business Confucius Institute Athens