HSK language-proficiency tests

The HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì) 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.

HSK certificate as a reference

The HSK test scores meet the various demands of different organisations and groups of people.

They 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.

HSK test levels

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 test registration & payment

Costs

Register with VBCI and receive a 50% discount:

Exam type & level Fee (inc GST)
HSK Levels 1 & 2 A$18 (was $35)
HSK Levels 3 & 4 A$28 (was $55)
HSK Levels 5 & 6 A$38 (was $75)

Test dates

Exam date Registration deadline Results released
18/08/2018 23/07/2018 18/09/2018
16/09/2018 20/08/2018 16/10/2018
14/10/2018 17/09/2018 14/11/2018
10/11/2018 15/10/2018 10/12/2018

Register

Step 1: Choose the test

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

Please use IE browser (above Version 6.0) or Firefox browser. Other browsers are not currently supported.

Step 2: Log in or Register

Log in with your User Name and Password.

If this is your first test:

  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

Payment

Pay online.