HSK & HSKK Chinese Proficiency Tests

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK):

HSK is an international standardized Chinese language test to measure the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily lives, academic and working settings.

HSK comprises of six levels from HSK-Level 1 to HSK-Level 6.


HSK Speaking Test (HSKK):

HSKK can be divided into three levels of HSKK (Basic), HSKK (Intermediate) and HSKK (Advanced), and the test taker’s on-site performance will be recorded.


Frequently Asked Questions:

HSK and HSKK Test Information 

  1. What is the HSK?
  • Answer: HSK is an international standardized Chinese language test to measure the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily  lives as well as academic and working settings. It is comprised of six levels, from HSK Level 1 to HSK Level 6. All of the tests include a listening and reading part, with Levels 3 and higher also including a writing section.
  1. What is the HSKK?
  • Answer: HSKK is a test for listening and speaking. It is split into three levels: HSKK (Basic), HSKK (Intermediate), and HSKK (Advanced). The candidate’s on-site performance will be recorded. The three levels of the test include different types of listening and responding questions as well as a reading section on the advanced level.
  1. Which level of the HSK or HSKK tests should I take?
  • Answer: First year students are recommended to select the HSK Level II and second year students may select the HSK Level IV. To confirm what level you should take, there are practice tests available on the website. http://www.chinesetest.cn/.
  1. How many tests are available in the year of 2016?
  • Answer: For URI students, the HSK and the HSKK are available on October 16th and December 4th for Fall 2016. The test schedule can also be accessed from the test website: http://www.chinesetest.cn/
  1. When is the registration deadline for a test?
  • Answer: URI only offers the Internet-based test in 2016, the registration deadline of which is 14 days before the test. For example, if the test is on October 16th, the deadline will be on October 2nd.
  1. How do I take the HSK and HSKK tests?
  • Answer: Log onto the following link as a new user: http://www.chinesetest.cn/, sign up, register, pay the test fee, confirm, collect/print Test Admission Tick and take the test. 
  1. How can I sign up as a new user?
  • Answer: Next to the Login button is a New User button that will lead you to a sign in page.  Provide necessary personal information including E-mail address, nationality, mother tongue, and date of birth on the sign-up page. From here, follow the rest of the instructions for sign-up.
  1. How do I register for the test?
  • Answer: Select the test level, test form(paper-based or Internet-based),  test center and date. Complete your personal information, upload a photo of yourself, pay the test and finally confirm your registration information.
  1. What kind of test should I take, a paper test or an Internet-based test?
  • Answer: As URI students, you will take an Internet-based test.
  1. What are the format requirements for my photo?
  • Answer:
    •  A 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.
  1. How can I pay for the test?
  • Answer: Accepted payment methods include PayPal, credit card, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Confucius Institute at the University of Rhode Island and drop it off  at Swan Hall 212. No cash will be accepted.
  • Please pay before the registration deadline; otherwise, the registration is invalid. After you pay the test fee, the test cannot be cancelled.
  1. How much is the test fee?
  • Answer: The price of the test depends on the level of the test:
    • For HSK:
      • Level 1  – $20
      • Level 2 – $30
      • Level 3 – $40
      • Level 4 – $50
      • Level 5 – $60
      • Level 6 – $70
    • For HSKK:
      • Level 1 – $20
      • Level 2 – $30
      • Level 3 – $40
  1. How can I confirm that my registration for the test is successful?
  • Answer: If you have filled in a valid email address, completed registration and payment, you will receive a registration confirmation 14 days before the test. If no confirmation is received, please contact the URI test center immediately.
  1. What should I take on the test date?
  • Answer: You should take your identity card and your test admission ticket, for which you can print by logging onto the Chinese testing service website (www.chinesetest.cn) or collecting it at the URI test center.
  1. What do my HSK and HSKK scores need to be in order for me to receive the scholarship?
  • 孔子学院奖学金 Confucius Institute  Scholarship
    奖学金类别Categories of Scholarship HSK要求达到Required Scores of HSK HSKK要求达到Required Scores of HSKK
    四周研修生Four-week Trainee HSK required and Official Transcript of HSK required to submit
    一学期研修生One Semester Trainee 二级120分Level Two – 120 初级40分Primary Level – 40
    一学年研修生One Academic Year Trainee 三级180分Level Three – 180 初级60分Primary Level – 60
    汉语国际教育专业硕士Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of  Other Languages 五级180分Level Five – 180 中级50分Intermediate Level – 50
  1. How long does it take for me to receive my test scores back?
  • Answer: One month after taking the test, you can log into the Chinese testing service website and enter your test admission ticket number as well as your name to view the test scores.
  • The printed official test score reports will be delivered to the URI test center within 2 months after the test date, and you can get it there by presenting your test admission ticket.
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