Information About HSK and HSKK Tests

Overview of HSK & HSKK

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or Chinese Proficiency Test is an internationally standardized test that assesses and evaluates Chinese language proficiency. The HSK test measures the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to use the Chinese language in daily life, academics, and professional settings. Developed in 1984, the first HSK test was administered abroad in 1991. Since then, Chinese language testing centers have spread worldwide.

The HSK Speaking Test (HSKK) evaluates the oral Chinese language skills of test participants. The HSKK is divided into three levels: Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. The HSKK test is conducted in the form of audio recordings.

Purpose of the HSK Test

The HSK test serves as a general (or universal) Chinese language proficiency test for adult learners. Test results can be used for several purposes:

  1. As a reference for educational institutions in making decisions about student recruitment, class placement, and academic grading;
  2. As a reference for employers in making decisions about hiring, training, and promoting test participants;
  3. As a method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their Chinese proficiency;
  4. As a method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate their training outcomes for students.

Purpose of Obtaining the HSK Certificate

  1. To serve as a reference when applying for positions that require a certain level of Chinese language proficiency;
  2. To provide a benchmark for Chinese language learners to predict and improve their performance in Chinese language studies;
  3. To certify that the individual has acquired the necessary Chinese language proficiency to enter a Chinese college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.

2024 HSK & HSKK Exam Schedule

HSK Exam Dates:

  • June 22 (Saturday): Levels 1-6, including Oral (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)
    • Results Announcement: July 22
  • September 7 (Saturday): Levels 1-6, including Oral (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)
    • Results Announcement: October 15
  • December 7 (Saturday): Levels 1-6, including Oral (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)
    • Results Announcement: January 8, 2025

HSKK Exam Dates:

  • The HSKK exam dates align with the HSK test dates, and candidates can choose the level of Oral exam based on their HSK level registration.

HSK & HSKK Registration Fees

In Singapore, the registration fees for the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) exams in 2024 are as follows:

  • HSK Level 1: S$150
  • HSK Level 2: S$160
  • HSK Level 3 (including Oral Beginner): S$250
  • HSK Level 4 (including Oral Intermediate): S$260
  • HSK Level 5 (including Oral Advanced): S$280
  • HSK Level 6 (including Oral Advanced): S$300
  • HSK Oral Test (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced): S$110

These prices include GST. Note that starting from 2023, candidates registering for HSK Level 3 and above must also take the corresponding oral test (HSKK)​.

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