HSK courses and examinations


We also offer bespoke HSK training course for those who wish to get specialised learning and support before sitting your exam.

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) 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.

How to register

Step 1: Register online at the Chinese test website and send the confirmation email to confucius-chinesetests (@gold.ac.uk).

Step 2: Make the payment for the exam via the relevant Eventbrite page links below.

If you would like to book for a BCT examination, please contact the department first.

HSK Test YCT Test BCT Test
HSK E-Test YCT E-Test BST E-Test
HSKK Test YCT Oral Test  

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) 

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 the level and/or exam date once without extra charge. No changes can be processed after the registration deadline. 

HSK Fees

Level 1 - £10
Level 2 - £20
Level 3 - £30
Level 4 - £40
Level 5 - £50
Level 6 - £60

YCT Fees

Level 1 - £5
Level 2 - £10
Level 3 - £20
Level 4 - £25
Oral - £10


Elementary - £15
Intermediate - £25
Advanced - £35


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

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.

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

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

Results for HSK e-test and HSK paper test will be published separately for 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. 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. 

Dates and Times


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

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

*The result announcement will be delayed by one week due to public holidays

Exam date Registration deadline for paper testRegistration deadline for E-testPaper test results date*E-test results date*
22 September 2019  16 September 2019  3 October 2019  13 November 2019 28 October 2019
26 October 2019   16 October 2019   11 November 2019
16 November 2019 20 October 2019 6 November 2019 16 December 2019 2 December 2019
1 December 2019 4 November 2019 21 November 2019 1 January 2020 16 December 2019



Exam date

Registration & payment deadline

Results announcement date*

Sunday, 13 October 2019

16 September 2019

13 November 2019

Sunday, 1 December 2019

4 November 2019

1 January 2020


Exam dateRegistration deadline for Paper Test Registration deadline for E-test Paper Test results date*E-Test results date*
17 Auguest 2019 21 July 2019   17 September 2019   
21 October 2019 22 September 2019 9 October 2019 19 November 2019  4 November 2019 
17 November 3019 21 October 2019 7 November 2019 17 December 2019 2 December 2019

*The result announcement will be delayed by one week due to public holidays

YCT Oral

Exam dates Registration & payment deadline Results announcement date**
Saturday 11 May 2019 14 April 2019 11 June 2019
Sunday 17 November 2019 21 October 2019 17 December 2019


Please note, we are not running BCT exams this year.

Exam datesRegistration & payment deadline for E-test Registration & payment deadline for Paper testResults announcement date*
18 August 2019 8 August 2019 22 July 2019 18 September 2019
17 November 2019  7 November 2019 21 October 2019 17 December 2019