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HSK & HSKK tests

Introduction

The Chinese Proficiency Tests (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, or HSK) and Oral test(kouyu, or HSKK)

HSK is a standardized international Chinese language test to measure the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily lives, academic and working settings. The HSK consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test comprises of six levels from HSK-Level 1 to HSK-Level 6; while the oral test can be divided into three levels of HSK-Speaking (Basic), HSK-Speaking (Intermediate) and HSK-Speaking (Advanced), and the candidates' on-site performance will be recorded.

(picture above: students writing the HSK tests in 2011)

HSK Levels

  • HSK- Level 1 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 1 can understand and use simple words and sentences to fulfill specific communication needs and have a foundation for the further study of Chinese.
  • HSK- Level 2 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 2 can communicate simply and directly on daily topics they are familiar with. Level 2 have reached the advanced stage of beginner level.
  • HSK- Level 3 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 3 can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. If traveling in China, Level 3 can handle most communication tasks they encounter.
  • HSK- Level 4 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are able to communicate with native speakers.
  • HSK- Level 5 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 5 can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, appreciate Chinese films and television, and are able to write and deliver a full speech.
  • HSK- Level 6 Examination candidates who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese.

(picture above: students writing the HSK tests in 2012)

(picture above: students writing the HSK tests in 2013)

How to sign up for HSK tests

The test venue is in the labs in Arts Block, University Avenue, Upper Campus.

The Confucius Institute at UCT administers HSK tests twice a year. If you intend to take the test, please go to the site http://www.chinesetest.cn, create a user account and register. Please choose "the Confucius Institute at UCT" as your test site. After you successfully sign up online, you may pay the test fees at the Confucius Institute and receive your admission ticket for the test. Please pay the fees to Ms.Qiling Ying at 3.02 Masingene Building, Cross Campus Road, Rondebosch, UCT Middle Campus.

The test fees are:

  • Level 1: R150 Level 2: R250 Level 3: R350
  • Level 4: R450 Level 5: R550 Level 6: R650
  • HSKK Level 1: R200 Level 2: R300 Level 3: R400

Registration online starts two months before the test date. Registration is closed one month before the test date. After you successfully sign up online, you may pay the fees at the Confucius Institute, then the admission ticket is printed out for you.

Test dates in 2017 at The Confucius Institute at UCT

  • 20 May, Saturday; beginning 9:00a.m. & 13:30p.m.
  • 12 August, Saturday; beginning 9:00a.m. & 13:30p.m.
  • 15 October, Sunday; beginning 9:00a.m. & 13:30p.m.

If you need practice and preparation for the test, Ms.Qiling Ying from the Confucius Institute is willing to help. Schedules will be made after you contact her.

This is the official report of your HSK scores. It will be mailed to the Confucius Institute at UCT one month after the test date.

Please contact Ms.Qiling Ying 021-650-3039,Email: qiling.ying@uct.ac.za.The Confucius Institute at 3.02 Masingene Building, Cross Campus Road, Rondebosch, UCT Middle Campus.