The HSK was developed and run by the Beijing Culture and Language University, and it is widely used in the admissions process by Chinese universities.

Test Structure
The HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK (beginner level), HSK (intermediate level), and HSK (advanced level). During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

HSK is a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

  1. A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning student admissions.
  2. A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.
  3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.