HSK(Hanyu Shuiping kaoshi)

INTRODUCTION

HSK (Hanyu Shuiping kaoshi) or the Chinese proficiency test is an international standardized exam which tests and rates Chinese language proficiency.it assesses non-native Chinese speaker abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily,academic and professionals lives.The test was launched by HANBAN in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners.The test is the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplins including Chinese language teaching,linguistics,psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing. 

1:Test structure:

The new HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

2:Test levels:

The levels of the new HSK correspond to the levels of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) as follows:

New HSK

Vocabulary

CLPS

CEF

HSK(Level VI)

Over 5000

HSK V

C2

HSK(Level V)

2500

HSK V

C1

HSK(Level IV)

1200

HSK IV

B2

HSK(Level III)

600

HSK III

B1

HSK(Level II)

300

HSK II

A2

HSK(Level I)

150

HSK I

A1

 

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) 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.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) 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.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.   

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.   

3:Test principle

The new HSK follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”, bases the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbooks. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.      

4:Testing purpose

1. 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.                                           

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

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

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

5:Result Certificate

Test takers will receive the results for the new HSK issued by Hanban within one month after the test.