HSK courses and examinations

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Take your Chinese Proficiency Tests with us - we also offer bespoke HSK training courses for those who wish to get specialised learning and support before sitting their exams.

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.

HSKYCTBCT
HSK Test

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Please email us for more information.

HSK E-Test
HSKK 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.

Dates and Times

HSK Paper, E-Test, & HSKK Dates

For 2022, HSK Paper, E-test, and HSKK exams will all take place on the same dates.

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

Exam date Registration deadline for paper testRegistration deadline for E-testPaper test results date*E-test results date*HSKK results date
9 April 2022 13 March 2022 30 March 2022 9 May 2022 24 April 2022 Please contact us for more information.
14 May 2022 17 April 2022 4 May 2022 14 June 2022  29 May 2022
16 July 2022 19 June 2022 6 July 2022 16 August 2022 31 July 2022
16 October 2022 19 September 2022 6 October 2022 16 November 2022 31 October 2022
4 December 2022 7 November 2022 24 November 2022 4 January 2023 19 December 2022

All italicised dates above are tentative and are for illustrative purposes only. The final timetable will be published in due course. Please contact us if you have any questions. 

*The announcement of results may be delayed due to public holidays in China.

Fees

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. 

Fees Breakdown

HSK Paper & E-Test   HSKK
Level Fee Level Fee
Level 1 £10* Elementary £15*
Level 2 £20*
Level 3 £30* Intermediate £25*
Level 4 £40*
Level 5 £50* Advanced £35*
Level 6 £60*
*Fees for 2022 are to be determined. Please check back or contact us for more information.

Exams

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.