Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)


Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). HSK includes Paper-based test and Internet-Based Test.

HSKiBTInternet-Based Test

The HSK Internet-Based Test is authorized by Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) . it is a new form of test, technologically one step up from the original Paper-based test. It includes listening, writing, and oral segments. The test is distributed to test takers and answers are submitted electronically.

Three Advantages of the HSK Internet-Based Test

●Extended registration period

The preparation time for the test is shortened. Because there is no printing and mailing involved, the registration deadline is pushed forward to ten days prior to the test, offering the best convenience for test takers during the registration process.

Better audio quality by the earset

The earset is provided to test takers to perform their listening test, avoiding distraction from background noise and ensuring audio quality.

Key in answers

Due to the fact that test takers key in Chinese in their daily practice, the HSK Internet-based test conveniently assesses test takers’ typing skills.

Test Regulations

1. Test Time and Registration Time

HanBan / Confucius Institute Headquarters will publicize at the end of each year the schedule of Chinese test centers all over the world, and the test date of each center may be slightly different. Before the registration, please access  to see the schedule of each test center or consult the test center you are to choose. The beginning date of registration for each test shall be at least one month prior to the test date, and the registration shall be ended 10 days prior to the test.

2. Test Admission Ticket

After the successful registration, the test taker can print the test admission ticket at the exam outlet where he/she gets registered around 5 days prior to the test date.

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 has 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..

3. 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

The test taker must not carry the following articles:

Paper, pen, mobile phone, smartwatch, ecorder, camera, dictionary, MP3, Beep-pager, laptop, notebook, textbook or other articles irrelevant to the 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.

4. Entry Time and Entry Certificates

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 could allowed to leave the test room until the end of the Listening part.

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.

When entering the test room, the test taker should show his/her own test admission ticket and the stipulated ID certificate provided during his/her registration. The name on the ID certificate must be fully consistent with that on the test admission ticket; the photo on the certificate must be the recognizable test taker himself/herself, i.e. the photo should be identical with the appearance of the test taker.

After entering the test room, the test taker should put the test admission ticket and the ID certificate at the top left corner of the table so as to facilitate the examiner and proctor to conduct inspection at any time.

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.

5. Test Room 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.

6. Emergency Handling

(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.

7. 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.

8. Violation and Punishment

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.

9. Score enquiry and Report

Around two weeks after taking the test, test takers can log into the Chinese testing service website ( and enter his/her test admission ticket number as well as name to view the test scores.

Test taker registered in mainland China, please apply for delivery service of analysis report and score report online which could be sent to any designated address after the score issues(Apply for the Score Reports).

10. 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 ( For details of the application forms and fees, please visit the Chinese testing service website (