About HSK Tests

You probably have heard about IELTS (the International English Language Testing System). Do you know that there are more and more people learning Chinese now and there is also an official Chinese language proficiency test called HSK?

What is HSK?

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is China’s national standardized test designed and developed by the Confucius Institute Head Quarter in Beijing to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The standard HSK test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) assesses the test takers’ ability to in listening and reading comprehension and is an important part of the Chinese testing system. These are standardized exams for Chinese language proficiency and are aimed at non-native Chinese speakers of all levels. HSK is a highly valued tool used in the assessing those with aspirations for study, research and employment in China.

Reasons to undertake HSK include:

  •       Evaluate your Mandarin abilities
  •       Receive official recognition for your language skills
  •       Results may be useful for study and work applications to China
  •       Expand vocabulary through the test preparation materials
  •       For Queensland school students, gain credit towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (Test levels 2 to 6, conditions apply).
    Study HSK courses with Cairns School of Chinese and pass HSK Level 2 or above tests can allow secondary students between years 11 and 12 in Queensland to gain credits for their language studies outside of the normal school curriculum. Cairns School of Chinese is the only organisation in Far North Queensland authorised by the Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland to deliver approved HSK courses leading to the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) recognised study. Different levels of the HSK tests are implemented by the Confucius Institute at the University of Queensland who are responsible for providing QCAA with the student’s successful results.

HSK Test Centre in Cairns

The University of Queensland has an HSK Test Centre in Cairns. The HSK test in Cairns is organised by our local Chinese language learning centre Cairns School of Chinese. All local inquiries regarding HSK can be directed to inquiries@csc.qld.edu.au or visit www.csc.qld.edu.au.