2016 February 25
by Jimmy

 Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK, or Chinese Proficiency Test) is an international standardized exam, administered by Hanban, that assesses and rates proficiency in Mandarin. The HSK focuses on listening, reading, and writing, without an emphasis on grammar, and can be taken either as a written exam or as a computer-based test. The HSK also holds an oral exam, separate from the normal HSK test. However, if not interested in the HSK’s oral proficiency test, it is possible to take an ACTFL OPI instead. For more information regarding ACTFL OPIs, please click here.

There are six levels to the written HSK test, HSK 1 (easiest) to HSK 6 (most difficult. There are also three HSK speaking tests: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.)

To learn about how to sign up for the HSK, please click here. Registering for the HSK costs approximately $20.

In 2015, the HSK is offered in the US on the following days:
September 13, 2015
October 17, 2015
December 6, 2015

In New York, the HSK is offered at the Confucius Institute at SUNY — College of Optometry, which is located at 33 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036. The Confucius Institute at SUNY — College of Optometry’s phone number is  212-938-101. Other testing locations in or around New York can be found here.

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