Frequently Asked Questions about HSK Test (1)

1. What is HSK?

HSK (or in Chinese Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is a standardized international Chinese language proficiency test for non-native Chinese speakers.
The new HSK consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test. The written test comprises of six levels from HSK-Level 1 to HSK-Level 6; while the oral test can be divided into three levels of HSK (Basic), HSK (Elementary-Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced).


2. Why do people take HSK test?

HSK test can be taken by all interested people who are non-native Chinese speakers. The Chinese learners take the HSK test on purposes of academic pursuit, daily and working environment Chinese application.
The HSK test scores can be used as a reference for educational institutions to recruit students, grant credits, train and promote employees, apply for Confucius Institute scholarship and so on.

3. Where can I take the HSK test?

There are generally two ways you can take an HSK Test – in person or online. By “online”, I don’t mean that you can take the HSK Test at home – these are still administered in test centers, except you take an online version of the HSK instead of a paper based HSK test.
One reason why you might prefer the online test is that you can type answers – it might be appealing for those who have trouble remembering how to write characters, or prefer to type because it’s faster.
Either way, you can use the online registration to register for the tests – it’s really convenient.

4. Will the HSK certificate expire?

The HSK certificate is like a diploma and it is valid permanently. However, if you plan to use your HSK scores to apply for admission to a college or university in China, your scores are valid for only two years from the date you take the test.

New Concept Mandarin has many years of experience in helping learners pass HSK tests. Our instructors will customize the HSK test preparation course contents to meet the specific requirements of the students. We also offer you free learning materials of HSK test to download.

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