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1. The HSK Test

The HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. It is China’s official, standardized international Chinese language proficiency test for non-native speakers. This category includes Maltese, other nationalities, overseas Chinese and Chinese national minorities. HSK is a Chinese acronym for “Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi,” which means “Chinese Proficiency Test.”


The HSK test consists of a writing test and a speaking test. There are six levels of writing tests, running from 1-6. And there are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK Beginner Level, HSK Intermediate Level, and HSK Advanced Level. During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded. Please see the detailed information sheet outlining the examination standard for each level using the PDF links below.

  • The HSK (Level I) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese for a semester (half an academic year). These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and basic grammar patterns.
  • The HSK (Level II) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese for two semesters (an academic year), with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 300 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.
  • The HSK (Level III) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese for three semesters (one and a half academic years), with 2-3 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.
  • The HSK (Level IV) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese for four semesters (two academic years), with 2-4 class hours in each week. These students have mastered 1,200 commonly used words.
  • The HSK (Level V) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese for 2-4 class hours per week for more than two academic years. These students have mastered 2,500 commonly used words.
  • The HSK (Level VI) [PDF] is intended for students who have mastered 5,000 or more commonly used words.
  • The HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for 1-2 semesters. These students have mastered about 200 commonly used words.
  • The HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for 1-2 academic years. These students have mastered about 900 commonly used words.
  • The HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) [PDF] is intended for students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for more than 2 academic years. These students have mastered about 3,000 commonly used words.

 

2. Why should I take an HSK exam?

HSK is the only official Chinese language certificate accepted in mainland China. It is used by educational institutions and potential employers to:


2.1  A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and giving students academic credits.


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


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

 

3. What is the exam entry fee?

  • HSK (Level I) € 10
  • HSK (Level II) € 20
  • HSK( Level III) € 30
  • HSK( Level IV) € 40
  • HSK( Level V) € 50
  • HSK( Level VI) € 60
  • HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) € 20
  • HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) € 40
  • HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) € 60

 

4. How do I find out which level of the test should I take?

First consider the general guidelines given and of course, consult your Chinese language tutor. Institute teaching staff can also help you to decide what level of exam you should sit for.

 

5. Registration

Tests are scheduled once yearly in Malta.  In 2017, we will be offering the test on Saturday 20th May 2017 and the registration is available at the Confucius Institute from Wednesday 29th March 2017 to Friday 21st April 2017.   If you would like to register for an HSK test, kindly contact the Confucius Institute at the University of Malta, from Monday to Friday, between 0900hrs and 1200hrs and from 1400hrs to 1600hrs.


6. General Contact Details

Confucius Institute at the University of Malta
Room 207, Ġużé Cassar Pullicino Building
Msida
MSD 2080
Malta

T:   +356 2340 3407

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Last Updated: 3 April 2017

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