HSK/HSKK (Chinese Proficiency Test)

The Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (汉语水平考试), also known as HSK or the Chinese Proficiency Test, is a national standardized test designed and developed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities. Supervised by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (also known as Hanban) under the PRC Ministry of Education, HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year.

The HSK measures the proficiency level of non-native speakers of standard Chinese and is used as a guideline for admission to colleges and universities in China and Southeast Asia. Test-takers are issued certificates when they meet the minimum level of proficiency required within each level of testing. Because the HSK has developed a prominent status in assessing Chinese language proficiency, it is commonly used as a reference standard in job recruiting, both within China and in countries around the world where Chinese language skills are necessary.

The new HSK consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test can be divided into six levels from HSK Level 1 to HSK Level 6. As a test of general language proficiency, HSK is differentiated by six new levels of difficulty, while the oral test can be divided into three levels of HSKK (Beginner), HSKK (Intermediate), HSKK (Advanced), and the candidates’ on-site performance will be recorded.

HSK Level 1: can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

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.

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 traveling in China.

HSK Level 4: can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

HSK Level 5: can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

HSK Level 6: can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

The new HSK retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

• A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and granting students academic credits.

• A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.

• A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.

• A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

For the General Public

Register online at: www.chinesetest.cn

Tests will be administered on Kong Zi Institute University of Malaya. Participants wishing to take the online test must register and pay the fee online before the posted deadline.

For K-12 Schools

Schools that would like to have our ong Zi Institute University of Malaya staff administer the internet-based HSK/HSKK to 10 or more students should contact Tel: +6017 369 9802 (Miss Lisa)