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HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)

Chinese Proficiency Test

China's Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, known as HSK or the Chinese Proficiency Test, is a standardized test at the state level designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers (foreigners, overseas Chinese, and students of Chinese national minorities). HSK consists of:

HSK (Basic, or Beginning) applies to those learners with basic Chinese proficiencies, namely, those who have taken 100 to 800 hours of regular modern Chinese learning (including those with equivalent learning experiences).

HSK (Elementary – Intermediate) is for those who are at the elementary and intermediate level in Chinese proficiency, i.e. those who have taken 400-2000 regular hours of modern Chinese courses (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard).

The HSK (Advanced) is designed to measure the Chinese proficiency of those who are proficient in Chinese, i.e. who have taken 3000 regular hours or more modern Chinese learning (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard).

Why is it important to get the HSK certificate?

  • to certify that the holder has acquired the required Chinese proficiency to enter a Chinese college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • to certify that the holder can be exempt from taking Chinese language courses, depending on the level of certification.
  • as a basis for employers to evaluate the Chinese proficiency of job applicants.

How can I take it?

The Confucius Institute will be offering the HSK twice in 2007!

Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Saturday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
The registration fee is $10
The test fees are: Basic/Beginning: $30, Intermediate: $40, Advanced: $50

How do I register?

In person, or by mail. Preparation sessions are coming up! Cost: $240 for eight sessions Saturdays and Sundays, April 21/22, April 28/29, May 5/6, May 12/13; 6-8 p.m. Register now!

For more information contact Rebecca McGinnis.

Confucius Institute at Maryland
0124 Taliaferro Hall
University of Maryland
College Park , MD 20742