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HSK (Chinese language proficiency test) courses and exams

The HSK exam

HSK is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency.

There are different test levels and test takers who pass the six HSK exams will be able to progress from being able to master simple Chinese phrases to effectively express themselves both orally and on paper.

HSK exams in 2014 will take place on the following dates:

Level I – Level VI

15 Feb, 15 March, 12 April, 10 May, 14 June, 12 July, 13 September, 11 October, 8 November, 6 December

Oral test: beginner – advanced

15 March, 10 May, 11 October, 6 December

Please note that registration generally ends 30 days before the test date.

Download the HSK Timetable

Why take the HSK exam?

HSK is the only Chinese test for adult learners recognised internationally.

It is a transferable qualification, which is recognised by businesses and academic institutions world-wide.

HSK examines many of the most common words and grammatical structures, which are immediately applicable in both everyday and professional situations.

Test Structure

The HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other.

There are six levels of writing tests and three levels of speaking tests.

Writing Test Speaking Test
HSK (Level VI) HSK (Advanced Level)
HSK (Level V) HSK (Intermediate Level)
HSK (Level IV) HSK (Beginner Level)
HSK (Level III)
HSK (Level II)
HSK (Level I)

Test Levels

This is what you will be able to achieve by passing the HSK exams:

HSK (Level I) – 150 characters: you will be able to understand and use very simple Chinese phrases and meet basic needs for communication.

HSK (Level II) – 300 characters: you will be able to deal with simple tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

HSK (Level III) – 600 characters: you can communicate in Chinese at a basic level and talk about your daily, academic and professional life. You will be able to manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.

HSK (Level IV) – 1,200 characters: you are now able to converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

HSK (Level V) – 2,500 characters: you can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

HSK (Level VI) – over 5,000 characters you can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express yourself both orally and on paper.

Test takers with outstanding results can win a scholarship for short term language study in China!

Find out about upcoming HSK classes


HSK Teachers

Han Yang

Wang Qiao

Lan Cheng

Bing Liu

Jianfeng Shen

Di Tian


Booking and payment

To book a place on one of our HSK courses or exam, email ci4tcm@lsbu.ac.uk with your name, address, telephone number and the course you require or Buy and Book Online

All courses should be paid for in advance – you can also pay in person at the Cash Office (Cash or Card) between the hours of 10am – 4pm, Mon – Fri, where you will be given a receipt.

About Online Booking

On the booking page click ‘Add to Basket’ on any of our courses to show a choice of Level (1-3) and then Class Time. You will be sent an e-mail confirmation when the booking has been made successfully.