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 organisation 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).

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 2020

We will be holding home-based PC exams on 12 December 2020. The below information will be updated as soon as details are confirmed and registration opens. 


Our next set of HSK exams will be held on the 9 May 2020. We will hold PC-based exams ONLY on this day. Please note that we have limited places for the PC based tests so places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please also note that regulations have changed for this year and it will no longer be possible to complete the writing section of the PC-based test using handwriting, everything must be typed. 

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

Registration is now open for these exams and the registration and payment deadlines are below. 

PC-based HSK Exams: 23 April

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 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. 

LevelStart TimeDuration (minutes)Total ScorePassing Score


1.30pm 40 200 120
HSK 2 9.00am 55 200 120
HSK 3 1.30pm 90 300 180
HSK 4 9.00am 105 300 180
HSK 5 1.30pm 125 300 180
HSK 6 9.00am 140 300 180
HSKK Beginner 4.30pm 17 100 60
HSKK Intermediate 4.30pm 21 100 60
HSKK Advanced 4.30pm 25 100 60