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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 Hanban, a non-government organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the Chinese government.

As of October 2011, The Confucius Institute at the University of Manchester is an official HSK Test Centre for the HSK Department of the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language of the People's Republic of China (Hanban).

New for 2017/18 - we now offer PC based testing in our HSK Test Centre at 180 Waterloo Place. Keep an eye on this webpage for news of the next PC-based test dates. Please note we can only offer 22 places for PC-based testing (11 for HSK Levels 1,3,5 and 11 for Levels 2,4 and 6) 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 2018

Our next set of paper based/online examinations will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday 19 May
  • Sunday 16 September
  • Sunday 2 December 2018 

Saturday 19 May HSK Test

  • Paper-based exam registration deadline: 19 April 2018, 5pm
  • Payment deadline: 30 April 2018, 5pm
  • Online exam registration deadline: 9 May 2018, 5pm
  • Payment deadline: 11 May 2018, 5pm 

A total of 9 places for HSK 1,3 and 5 are available for online tests on 19 May (pm). You are advised to register as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The time and venue of the test will be confirmed by email once your Hanban registration and payment have been received. 

IMPORTANT: Please note when creating your profile on 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. 

LevelStart TimeDuration (minutes)Total ScorePassing Score


1.30pm 40 200 120
HSK 2 9:30am 55 200 120
HSK 3 1.30pm 90 300 180
HSK 4 9:30am 105 300 180
HSK 5 1.30pm 125 300 180
HSK 6 9:30am 140 300 180
HSKK Beginner 4.00pm 17 100 60
HSKK Intermediate 4.00pm 21 100 60
HSKK Advanced 4.00pm 25 100 60

Exam candidates for paper based exams will have the option to take a free mock examination (subject to availability). These sessions will be held one or two weeks before the exam. We apologise that these sessions cannot be rescheduled if you are unable to attend.