HSK courses and examinations


Looking to register for HSK testing?

To register for our HSK tests, please navigate to the 'How to Register' section, where you can find the links to the registration & payment pages. Please follow the instructions provided carefully.

Welcome to Goldsmiths Confucius Institute's Chinese Testing portal - HSK, YCT and BCT

As an official HSK Testing Centre, Goldsmiths Confucius Institute is also proud to be London's ONLY e-Testing Centre from HSK, YCT and BCT, offering frequent testing sessions throughout the year in various formats (paper, e-Test, speaking). We also offer additional classes and training to support your journey to HSK accreditation, meaning that you can not only pass your Chinese tests, but pass with a practical and comprehensive standard of Chinese.

What are HSK, YCT and BCT?

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi HSK test (or Chinese Proficiency Test), administered by Hanban, is China’s only standardised test of standard Chinese language proficiency or Mandarin language proficiency for non-native speakers. It approximates to the English equivalent which is the TOEFL.

Under the Chinese Testing umbrella, there is also YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and BCT (Business Chinese Test) testing. YCT focuses on Chinese language for children, whereas BCT focuses on Chinese language for use in business scenarios. These both follow a similar testing system to HSK, as they are also administered by Hanban.

Aside from these tests, we also offer Spoken Chinese testing in HSKK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi Kouyu), and YCT Oral Tests.

Bespoke training courses

We also offer bespoke HSK training course for those who wish to get specialised learning and support before sitting your exam. These classes are taught with HSK testing in mind, and are a good way to prepare for an upcoming HSK exam.

Find out more information here.

How to Register

Please refer to these steps to register for HSK:

Step 1: Register online at at the Chinese Test website and send the confirmation email to:

confucius-chinesetests (@gold.ac.uk)

Step 2: Make the payment for exam via the relevant eventbrite page:

Step 3: On Eventbrite, select your test date and payment (and any postage fee) and complete the transaction

Step 4: You will receive an email confirmation of payment and registration. Please keep a copy of your eventbrite confirmation as receipt of payment and double check your details and status on the Chinese Test website. 

For any questions regarding HSK, please email confucius-chinesetests (@gold.ac.uk) or call 0207 717 2524.


In addition to the exam fees below, there is an administration fee of £10. 

If you wish your certificate to be posted to you, then there is a postage fee of £3 (UK) or £10 (International) 

The exam fees are as follows:

Level Exam Fee Level Exam Fee Level Exam Fee
Level 1 £10 Elementary £15 Level 1 £5
Level 2 £20 Level 2 £10
Level 3 £30 Intermediate £25 Level 3 £20
Level 4 £40 Level 4 £25
Level 5 £50 Advanced £35 Oral £10
Level 6 £60


All the fees are non-refundable.

Any changes (level and exam date) before the official (HSK) deadline can be processed. However we can only change level and/or exam date ONCE without extra charge.

No changes can be processed after the registration deadline. 

HSK - Dates and Times

HSK tests for levels 2/4/6 will start at 9am.

HSK tests for levels 1/3/5 will start at 1:30pm.

Students can come to our office up to 15 minutes in advance.

Location: 17 Laurie Grove, New Cross, London SE14 6NH

Dates and times 2017

Find your deadlines for regestration and payment as well as the results announcement dates for the following exam dates below.

Exam date

Registration deadline

E-test results date**

Paper test results date**


Paper Test

Sat 11th November 2017

31st October 2017

14th October 2017

27th November 2017

11th December 2017

Sun 3rd December 2017

22nd November 2017

5th November 2017

18th December 2017

3rd January 2018

Sat 20th January 2018

9th January 2018

23rd December 2017

5th February 2018

27th February 2018*

Sun 11th February

31st January

14th January

5th March*

18th March*

Sat 24th March

13th March

24th February

9th April

24th April

Sun 22nd April

11th April

25th March

7th May

22nd May

Sat 19th May

8th May

21st April

4th June

19th June

Sun 10th June

30th May

13th May

25th June

10th July

Sat 14th July

3rd July

16th June

30th July

14th August

Sat 18th August

7th August

21st July

3rd September

18th September

Sun 16th September

5th September

19th August

1st October

16th October

Sun 14th October

3rd October

16th September

29th October

14th November

Sat 10th November

30th October

13th October

26th November

10th December

Sun 2nd December

21st November

4th November

17th December

2nd January 2019

*The result announcement will be delayed by one week due to Spring Festival Holiday

HSKK - Dates and Times

Dates and times late 2017/2018

Exam date

Registration & payment deadline

Results announcement date**

Sun 3rd December 2017

5th November 2017

3rd January 2018

Sun 11th February 2018

14th January 2018

18th March 2018*

Sat 24th March

24th February

24th April

Sat 19th May

21st April

19th June

Sat 14th July

16th June

14th August

Sun 14th October

16th September

14th November

Sun 2nd December

4th November

2nd January 2019

YCT - Dates and Times

Dates and times late 2017/2018

Exam date

Registration deadline

E-test results date**

Paper test results date**


Paper Test

Sat 18th November 2017

7th November 2017

21st October 2017

18th December 2017

18th December 2017

Sat 3rd Februrary 2018

23rd January 2018

6th January 2018

26th Feburary 2018*

10th March 2018*

Sat 24th March

13th March

24th February

9th April

24th April

Sun 22nd April

11th April

25th March

7th May

22nd May

Sat 12th May

1st May

14th April

28th May

12th June

Sat 25th August

14th August

28th July

10th September

25th September

Sat 17th November

6th November

20th October

3rd December

17th December

*The result announcement will be delayed by one week due to Spring Festival Holiday

YCT Oral - Dates and Times

Dates and times 2018

Exam dates Registration & payment deadline Results announcement date**
Sat 12th May 14th April 12th June
Sat 17th November 20th October 17th June

BCT - Dates and Times

Dates and times 2018

Exam dates

Registration & payment deadline

Results announcement date**



Paper Test

Sun 11th February

31th January

14th January

18th March*

Sun 8th  April

28th March

11th March

8th May

Sun 10th June

30st May

13th May

10th July

Sun 5th August

25th July

8th July

5th September

Sun 4th November

24th October

7th October

4th December

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How do I register for HSK/HSKK/YCT test successfully?

Please follow the steps under the "How to Register" section above and complete all the actions. Once all of them are complete, you wil have registered successfully. 

2. How do I find out the dates and deadlines for the exams?

All the dates and deadlines for the exams are displayed above. All tests are on a weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) Paper test and e-test now have the same deadline for registration. 

3. What’s the difference between paper test and e-test?

The difference between them is that the former is done on paper while the computer-based one is conducted on the computer. If you choose the e-test, when you finish one part, you can’t go back to see it or change the answer again

Candidates taking the computer based test should keep in mind that, although rare, system failures may sometimes happen. The e-testing sytem is hosted on an external server which isn't under the direct control of our team, but in the event of a system failure we will do our best to solve the issue with minimal disruption to the candidate.

4. Is there a Pinyin input method in the computer?

Yes, there is. When you need to input Chinese characters during the exam, it will show you the input methods on the website which you can choose one you prefer.

5. What do I need to bring to the exam?

You need to print your admission ticket within 3 days before the test date, and bring your ID or passport, the same one you used to register for HSK. Candidates who are going to take the paper test, please bring pencils and eraser.

6. What should I do after registering on the website?

 You should send an e-mail to confucius-chinesetests@gold.ac.uk telling us that you have registered. After registering you will still need to pay for your exam before the registration deadline to sit your requested exam.

7. Could I change the exam date after the registration?

 You can change the exam date only before the registration deadline.

8. What’s the price of HSK/ HSKK/ YCT test?

You can find the prices for all tests on the HSK page above. 

9. How do I pay for HSK/ HSKK/ YCT test?

To pay, you need to go to the relevant eventbrite page and pay for the test and date you wish to sit the exam. you can also pay for any postage of your certificates at the same time. 

10. Can I get a refund if I can’t take the exam?

 All the fees are non-refundable.

11. What time do I need to arrive at the test room?

On the exam day, please come to our office about 15 minutes earlier than the test time and then we will lead you to the test room. Our office is located at 17 Laurie Grove, New Cross, SE14 6NH, London

12. What will happen if I am late for the test?

If you are late by more than 15 minutes, your examination will be cancelled.

13. When will I receive my results? 

Results for HSK e-test and HSK paper test will be pulished separately two weeks (e-test) and one month (paper test) after the exam date. All your results can be checked on www.chinesetest.cn . You just need to log in and type in your admission ticket series number and then you will be able to see your result.

14. When will I receive my certificate?

Normally your certificate arrives in our office two months after the exam you sit. When it arrives in our office, you can either collect from our office (17 Laurie Grove) or we can post this to you. UK postage fee is £3 and International is £10.