HSK 汉语水平考试

What is HSK?Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) 汉语水平考试, translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test or the Chinese Standard Exam, is China's only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese.

Background】 Development began in 1984 at Beijing Language and Culture University. In 1992 the HSK was officially made a national standardized test. By 2005, over 120 countries had participated as regular host sites and the tests had been taken around 100 million times. In 2011, Beijing International Chinese College became the first HSK testing center to conduct the HSK test online.

Purpose】 The HSK test approximates the English TOEFL, and an HSK certificate is valid without any limitation in China. The test aims to be a certificate of language proficiency for higher educational and professional purposes.

Format】 The HSK consists of a written test and an oral test, which are taken separately. This oral test is also known as the HSKK or 汉语水平口语考试. Detailed written test information can be found in wiki or below: