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A brief introduction to HSK

China's Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, known as HSK or the Chinese Proficiency Test is a standardized test at the state level designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) to assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers (foreigners, overseas Chinese and students of Chinese national minorities). HSK consists of the basic Chinese proficiency test (HSK Basic), the elementary and intermediate Chinese proficiency test (HSK Elementary-Intermediate) and the advanced Chinese proficiency test (HSK Advanced). HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year. Certificates of HSK will be issued to those who have secured the required scores.
  
The Chinese Ministry of Education has established China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) (CNCCPT). The Committee is the supervisor of HSK and the issuer of the Chinese proficiency certificates. CNCCPT has an office called Office of China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), which takes care of the HSK affairs together with the HSK Center of BLCU.


1. About Applicants of HSK
  HSK (Basic) applies to those learners with the basic Chinese proficiencies, namely, those who have taken 100 to 800 hours of regular modern Chinese learning (including those with the equivalent learning experiences). HSK (Elementary-Intermediate) is for those who are at the elementary and intermediate level in Chinese proficiency, i.e. those who have taken 400-2000 regular hours of modern Chinese courses (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard). The HSK (Advanced) is designed to measure the Chinese proficiency of those who are proficient in Chinese, i.e. who have taken 3000 regular hours or more modern Chinese learning (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard).

2. The functions of HSK Certificates
  (1) to certify that the holder has acquired the required Chinese Proficiency to enter a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  (2) to certify that the holder can be exempt from taking the Chinese language course depending on the level of certification.
  (3) as a basis for the employers to evaluate the Chinese proficiency of the job applicants.

3. HSK organizer and certificate issuer
  CNCCPT is the organizer of HSK.
  And the CNCCPT Office and the HSK Center of BLCU are both in charge of the HSK affairs.

4. Test Dates and Venues
  HSK is held regularly in Mainland China. The following is the time schedule of 2009 HSK tests.

Levels

Test Date

Enroll Date

Test Fee

HSK Basic

Apr.18th 2009, Morning

Mar. 16th–20th  

200RMB

Nov. 28th 2009, Morning

Nov.2nd-Nov.6th

200RMB

HSK Elementary-Intermediate

Apr.19th 2009, Morning

Mar. 16th–20th

250RMB

Jun.21st 2009, Morning

May 18th-22nd

250RMB

Oct.18th 2009, Morning

Sept.16th-23rd

250RMB

Nov. 29th 2009, Morning

Nov.2nd-Nov.6th

250RMB

HSK Advance

Apr. 18th, 2009, Morning

Mar. 17th-20th

400RMB

Oct.17th,2009, Morning

Sept.17th-23rd

400RMB


  HSK tests will be arranged in light of the actual local circumstances in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and other countries. For details about the time schedule please enquire at the local test center.





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