Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

HSK, known as hanyu shuiping kaoshi in Chinese, 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. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

The Confucius Institute at Presbyterian College serves as an HSK test center twice a year, one in each semester of a school year (usually in March and October, respectively). Those aspiring to study in China on the Confucius Institute scholarships will need to take the level of HSK in accordance with the requirements of the specific scholarship program.

Test Structure

The new HSK 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 HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

Test Levels

The levels of the new HSK correspond to the levels of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) as follows:

 

New HSK
Vocabulary
CLPS
CEF
HSK (Level VI) Over 5,000 Level V C2
HSK (Level V) 2500 Level V 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

HSKK (HSK Speaking Test)

The HSKK examines a test candidate’s verbal command of the Chinese language. It consists of three levels, namely Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Unlike HSK, which is conducted with paper and pens, the HSKK is carried out through a computer. The candidate would listen to the recordings of statements or questions in Chinese played on the computer and then repeat the statements or answer the questions accordingly, which will be recorded by the computer.

Some Confucius Institute Scholarship programs may also require applicants to have HSKK results besides HSK. The HSKK at Presbyterian College usually takes place on the same dates as the HSK.

Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

The Confucius Institute has entrusted Midlands STEM Institute in Winnsboro, SC with administering the  YCT (Youth Chinese Test). The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses primary and secondary school students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into four levels, namely, the YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The speaking test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level).

Test Levels

Writing Test
Speaking Test
YCT (Level IV) YCT (Intermediate Level)
YCT (Level III) YCT (Beginner Level)
YCT (Level II) YCT (Beginner Level)
YCT (Level I) YCT (Beginner Level)

Test Results

The results of the test can serve various purposes:

  1. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  2. A reference for Chinese language training in schools.
  3. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.
  4. A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

For more information about HSK/HSKK or YCT, please contact Mr. Xiaorui Du at xdu@presby.edu or call 864-833-7159.