HSK Chinese Proficiency Test

The HSK is an international exam for foreigners and non-native speakers which assesses proficiency in Chinese Language and Culture. It is offered twice a year at the Confucius Institute in Auckland and has written and oral components.

HSK Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to those HSK frequently asked questions click here

Exam Details 2017

Exam Type and Level Register and pay by: Exam date Date results announced
HSK Levels 1-6 26 March 2017 22 April 2017 May 2017
HSK Speaking 23 April 2017 20 May 2017 June 2017
HSK Levels 1-6 18 Sept 2017 15 Oct 2017 Nov 2017


Exam Type and Level Fee (all fees include GST) Exam Type and Level Fee (all fees include GST)
HSK Levels 1 & 2 NZ$35 HSK Speaking Beginner NZ$35
HSK Levels 3 & 4 NZ$55 HSK Speaking Intermediate NZ$55
HSK Levels 5 & 6 NZ$75 HSK Speaking Advanced NZ$75




Exam Registration & Payment

Step 1   Registration
Register at the Hanban Chinese Test website

Step 2  Payment
Complete the online payment below where it says 'Click here'. Credit card only.

Cheques and cash are accepted only if received during office hours at the Confucius Institute  - Level 6, Room 622, The Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Road. Receipts will be given.
All payments MUST be received by the deadline date to sit the exam.

Click here to make a payment for HSK Level 1-6 Exams 22 April 2017

Click here to make a payment for HSK Speaking Exams, Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, 20 May 2017

Click here to make a payment for HSK Level 1 - 6 Exams, 15 October 2017

Step 3 Admission Ticket
Print your Admission Ticket from Hanban Chinese Test website www.chinesetest.cn which will be available one week before the exam. You will need this to sit the exam.

Exam results:

Exam results will be available on the Hanban website one month after the exam and your certificate will be posted out two months from the exam date.

Enquiries: please Contact Us. Tel: (09) 923 1916 (Monday-Tuesday only)

Participants with outstanding results have an opportunity to attend a camp in China.

General Information

The HSK is an international standardised test to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (foreigners, overseas Chinese and Chinese national minorities).

The HSK is designed and organised by Hanban, including HSK (Basic), HSK (Elementary - Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced).

HSK is held both at home and abroad on a regular basis, and a candidate whose result reaches the stipulated standard may acquire the relevant level of Chinese Proficiency Certificate.

Hanban introduced a new HSK test in November 2009 in order to satisfy the demand for adequate Chinese language tests in foreign countries. 

Hanban consulted with a large number of both foreign and national experts in language teaching, linguistics, educational evaluation and psychology to assess standards of Chinese language testing abroad.

Test Structure

The  HSK is directed at examining students’ capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work.

The examination consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test.

The written test is at HSK-Levels 1-6 while the oral test is at HSK (Elementary), HSK (Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used.

Written Test Oral Test
HSK- Level 6 HSK (Advanced)
HSK- Level 5  
HSK-Level 4 HSK (Intermediate)
HSK- Level 3  
HSK- Level 2 HSK (Elementary)
HSK- Level 1  

Test Grades

The direct comparison between the new HSK test and Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and The Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) is as follows:

HSK Level(s) Vocabulary Chinese Language Proficiency for Speakers of Other Languages Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF)
HSK Level 6 Over 5000 Grade Five C2
HSK Level 5 2500
HSK Level 4 1200
Grade Four B2
HSK Level 3 600 Grade Three B1
HSK Level 2 300
Grade Two A2
HSK Level 1 150 Grade One A1

HSK- Level 1
Designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, preparing them for continuing their Chinese studies;

HSK- Level 2
Designed for elementary learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion in their daily lives;

HSK- Level 3
Designed for elementary-intermediate learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during their Chinese tour;

HSK- Level 4
Designed for intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard;

HSK- Level 5
Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese;

HSK- Level 6
Designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form;

Click here for HSK Level 1 - 6 sample papers and vocabularly lists

Test Principles

Following the principle of “combing, testing and teaching”, the test is designed in line with international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of “promoting teaching and learning through examinations”.

The HSK test stresses objectivity and accuracy, and also focuses on developing and testing an examinees’ ability to apply Chinese in practical, real-life situations.

The HSK test also sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals.

Test Functions

The HSK test is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners. The test scores meet the various demands of different organisations or groups of people as follows:

A. Offers a reference for educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits;

B. Offers a reference for employers to employ, train and promote employees;

C. Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese;

D. Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organisations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training.  


Test Score Report

Within three weeks after the test, examinees can access their test scores on the internet and have their ‘Score Report’ issued by Hanban.