VBCI facilitates the international Chinese-language proficiency tests for non-native speakers of Chinese.

The tests are offered in two categories:

  • HSK language-proficiency tests: Mandarin for general use
  • YCT language-proficiency tests for primary and secondary school students

They are centralised and conducted through Chinese Test as a way of establishing the ability of non-native Chinese speakers for work or study.

HSK language-proficiency tests

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is an international standardised test to assess the Chinese-language proficiency of non-native speakers (foreigners, Chinese people living overseas and Chinese national minorities). It is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners.

HSK tests are held across the globe on a regular basis. Candidates who pass the test are awarded the relevant level of Chinese Proficiency Certificate. The VBCI is an authorised facilitator of the tests.

The results of the HSK tests are recognised by Chinese education institutions as an indication of proficiency-level in Mandarin. Passing a particular level of the HSK tests is a pre-requisite for many scholarships and fellowships (check with your Chinese host institution). 

We have concluded registrations for all 2022 tests and currently planning for the 2023 test plans. Please refer to the  VBCI Chinese Language Proficiency Test Plan 2023

  • 18 March 2023.
  • 11 June 2023 (registration opens on 3 April)
  • 16 September 2023.


  • 16 July 2023 (registration opens on 3 April).

The HSK test scores are accepted as an indication of Chinese-language ability by the following groups:

  • educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits
  • employers to employ, train and promote staff
  • Chinese learners to understand and improve their language skills
  • Chinese teaching and training organisations to evaluate teaching standards and effectiveness.

The tests are conducted at six levels, from beginner to advanced:

  • HSK - Level 1 - Beginners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate.
  • HSK - Level 2 - Beginners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion in their daily lives.
  • HSK - Level 3 - Beginners to intermediate learners who can use Chinese in their personal lives, studies and work, and can communicate most of their needs during a Chinese tour.
  • HSK - Level 4 - Intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and can communicate with Chinese speakers at a high standard.
  • HSK - Level 5 - Advanced learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and can write and deliver a long speech in Chinese.
  • HSK - Level 6 - Advanced learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and can smoothly express themselves in writing or speech.


HSK Levels Cost
HSK Level 1 & 2 AUD $35
HSK Level 3 & 4 AUD $55
HSK Level 5 & 6 AUD $75

Enquire today via email: [email protected] 


Step one: choose the test

On the Chinese Test website, choose the level of Chinese Proficiency Test.

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Step 2: Log in or register

Log in with your User Name and Password.

If this is your first time registering:

  1. Select 'New User'
  2. Fill in an account to create an account
  3. Submit
  4. Click 'register now'

Step 3: Choose the test centre

Re-select your test, and fill in the application form.

  • Under Continent: choose Oceania
  • Under Country: choose Australia
  • Under 'Test format': choose 'Paper-based format'
  • Under 'Test Center': choose 'Business Institute at Victoria University'
  • Under 'Test Date': select your preferred date


Pay online.

YCT Tests

Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardised test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses the primary and middle school students' abilities to use Chinese as second language in their daily and academic lives.

YCT is divided into writing and speaking tests, which are independent to each other.

The writing test consists of four levels: YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV).

The speaking test consists of two levels: YCT Speaking (Primary Level) and YCT Speaking (Intermediate Level). 

Two YCT tests scheduled in 2023 and registration opens on 3 April 2023. 

  • 11 Nov 2023

Learn more about YCT on the official website

Chinese Bridge Competition & Tours

Chinese Bridge is an international Chinese language and cultural competition. It provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their Chinese language and cultural skills through speeches and other diverse talents, such as dance or music.

VBCI provides free language coaching to successful applicants.

Register your interest

Students who win the preliminary rounds held in their countries qualify to go to China for the semi-finals and finals. Winners are offered scholarships for further study in China.


The competition is open to students who meet these criteria:

  • university student
  • aged between 18 and 30
  • born in a country other than China
  • first language is not Chinese.


Contact VBCI for more information.