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What is the HSK?
The HSK or Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, translated literally as the “Chinese Proficiency Test”, is China’s only standardized test of Modern Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native Chinese speakers.
The HSK examination was first developed in 1984 and officially became the national standardized test in 1992 as an equivalent to TOEFL or IELTS testing for non-native English speakers worldwide.
The HSK tests writing, reading, speaking and listening in a nation-wide standardized testing model and in it’s revised format is broken down into three categories, HSK Elementary, HSK Intermediate and HSK Advanced, and 6 test “ranks” as shown below:
|HSK Advanced||Characters: 3000
|6||Advanced with Honors|
|HSK Intermediate||Characters: 2000
|4||Intermediate with Honors|
|HSK Elementary||Characters: 800
|2||Elementary with Honors|
The HSK is administered and regulated by the China National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (China Hanban).
Who can take the HSK?
The HSK is open to applicants at all levels of Mandarin Chinese. An HSK examination can be taken independently or in tandem with another CSA study program.
What can the HSK be used for?
The HSK recognized worldwide as the standard for judging Mandarin Chinese proficiency levels. By way of example, a score of HSK3 is required for entrance into Chinese Universities for any foreign student wishing to complete a local degree program taught in Chinese. In addition, when applying for jobs that require Mandarin Chinese both in China or abroad, one of the requirements may be a minimum level of HSK. The same applies for applying for Highly Skilled Migrants visas in countries, notably Hong Kong, which requires an HSK of level 3 or above.
How does one prepare for the HSK examination and where/when can you take it?
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