HSK (Chinese proficiency test)

Find out more about the HSK Chinese proficiency test and how to register to take the test.

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test is China's only official test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. It is open to foreign students, overseas Chinese, and members of ethnic minority groups in China, and provides the global standard for Chinese language proficiency from beginner to advanced level.

It also provides a concrete demonstration of your ability to prospective employers, foreign institutions and other international organisations.

The test is administered by Chinese Testing International Co Ltd (CTI), a professional international Chinese education and examination service that is affiliated with the Center for Language Education and Cooperation and a member of Chinese Plus. 

In October 2011, The Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester became an official Test Centre for paper-based and PC based HSK tests. Since the COVID-19 outbreak we are currently only offering online PC-based testing that you will take at home. Please note we can only offer 20 places per level for home-based PC testing and these places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The New HSK comprises six levels:

  • Levels 1, 2 and 3 are entrance-level examinations that correspond to our basic level courses (Comprehensive 1-4, Conversational 1-4).
  • Levels 4, 5 and 6 correspond to our intermediate and advanced level courses.

HSK examinations 2022

We will hold online HSK home-based PC exams ONLY on Saturday, 25 June 2022

HSKK Exams (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced) will also be held on this day.

Registrations are now OPEN and will close Thursday 2 June 2022. More information about registering is available on our Registration page.

The payment deadline is Thursday 9 June 2022

Places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis. Within 7 days of registering you will receive an email with further information, including how to pay. Your place will only be confirmed once payment has been received. Before registering to take the test, please read the full information and ensure you are able to meet the requirements before making payment.

Please note that regulations have changed and it will no longer be possible to complete the writing section of the PC-based test using handwriting; everything must be typed.

From January 2022, for all home-based tests at HSK 3 level and above, it is now a requirement that the exam candidate also take a HSKK (oral) exam on the same day. HSK 3 candidates must take a Beginner HSKK exam, HSK 4 candidates must take an Intermediate HSKK exam and HSK 5 & 6 candidates must take an Advanced HSKK exam. Please email confucius@manchester.ac.uk if you have any queries about this. 

IMPORTANT: Please note when creating your profile on chinesetest.cn that you must double-check all of your personal details are correct (full name, ID type etc) as it is very difficult to make changes. 

Further details can be found in the table below. 

Level

Duration (minutes)

Total Score

Passing Score

HSK 1

40

200

120

HSK 2

55

200

120

HSK 3

90

300

180

HSK 4

105

300

180

HSK 5

125

300

180

HSK 6

140

300

180

HSKK Beginner

17

100

60

HSKK Intermediate

21

100

60

HSKK Advanced

25

100

60