I want to take an HSK exam
2012-05-23 15:40:00

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or the Chinese Proficiency Test, is the national standardized test designed and developed by the HSK Center to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities ).

The HSK is divided into three categories: beginning level (HSK Basic), elementary to intermediate level (HSK Elementary-Intermediate), and advanced level ( HSK Advanced ).

These three categories form a comprehensive testing system. As a test of general language proficiency, HSK is not based on any particular textbook or course of study. Therefore candidates may refer to any textbook in preparing for the test.

HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year. Certificates of HSK will be issued to those who have secured the required scores. HSK and the issuing of HSK Certificates are supervised by the State Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test under the Ministry of Education.

The functions of HSK Certificates

(1)to certify that the holder has acquired the required Chinese Proficiency to enter a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.

(2)to certify that the holder can be exempt from taking the Chinese language course depending on the level of certification.

(3)as a basis for the employers to evaluate the Chinese proficiency of the job applicants.
About Applicants of HSK 
HSK (Basic) applies to those learners with the basic Chinese proficiencies, namely, those who have taken 100 to 800 hours of regular modern Chinese learning (including those with the equivalent learning experiences). HSK (Elementary-Intermediate) is for those who are at the elementary and intermediate level in Chinese proficiency, i.e. those who have taken 400-2000 regular hours of modern Chinese courses (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard). The HSK (Advanced) is designed to measure the Chinese proficiency of those who are proficient in Chinese, i.e. who have taken 3000 regular hours or more modern Chinese learning (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard).

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