New HSK Test

2020 HSK & HSKK Home-based Online Exams

Introduction to New HSK Test

In order to better satisfy the demand for adequate Chinese language tests in foreign countries, Hanban has consulted a large number of both foreign and national experts in language teaching, linguistics, educational evaluation and psychology to assess the standard of Chinese language testing abroad. Based on their investigations and some new understandings regarding the shortcomings of Chinese language testing today, Hanban has applied the latest research methodology in foreign-language testing to develop a new HSK test, which will be launched in November 2009. The test is designed for Chinese language learners who are based overseas.

Test Structure

The new HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, taking non-native speakers as its object, and directed at examining students' capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work. The new type of examination consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. The written test is comprised of HSK Level 1, HSK Level 2, HSK Level 3, HSK Level 4, HSK- Level 5 and HSK- Level 6, while the oral test is comprised of HSK (Elementary), HSK (Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used.

Written Test Oral Test
HSK Level 6 Advanced
HSK Level 5
HSK Level 4 Intermediate
HSK Level 3
HSK Level 2 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) is as follows:

New HSK Vocabulary CLPS CEF
HSK Level 6 Over 5000 Grade Five C2
HSK Level 5 2500 C1
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

* CLPS: Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages
** CEF: The Common European Framework Reference for Language

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

b. 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;

c. 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;

d. 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;

e. 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;

f. 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.

Test Principles

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

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

Test Functions

Taking its orientation from the old HSK test, the new HSK test is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners. The test scores meet the various demands of different organizations or groups of people as follows:

  • Offers a reference for educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits;
  • Offers a reference for employers to employ, train and promote employees;
  • Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese;
  • Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations 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.

HSK online exam

HSK & HSKK Home-based Online Exams


Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and in order to prevent the spread of the virus and protect the lives and health of examinees and test center staff, some overseas offline Chinese tests have been postponed or cancelled. However, in order to meet the needs of students in taking such tests, Chinese Testing International has launched a home-based online test of Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK, HSKK). (In case there are inconsistencies between the Chinese and English notifications, please refer to the Chinese version.Click)


The relevant arrangements and requirements for the tests are as follows:


I. Time arrangement and inquiries


Exam time: October 31st, 2020 (Beijing time)

Deadline for registration: October 16th, 2020 (Beijing time)

Inquiries email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


II. Application requirements:


1. Examinees should have access to the following for the duration of the exam:
a.   Computer

b.   Internet

c.     One of the following: mobile phone/iPad/Android tablet/other electronic equipment containing a camera

d.     Related software that meets the test requirements;

2. A separate room that meets the requirements of the test;

3. Full acknowledgement and acceptance of the home-based online test rules.

4. Complete registration on the Chinese test service website as required, and obtain an admission ticket for the above test date;

5. During the test, the examinees’ data will be recorded and collected by the online testing system. The use of data is limited to the purpose of the test, and examinees participating in the test are deemed to have granted permission to the test organizers to record and collect this data.


III. Registration


1. Examinees should confirm that the equipment and test environment meet the requirements:

Before registering for the exam, examinees should check in advance whether their electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, iPad, and software configurations and internet meet the exam requirements.


          Computer: Windows (7/8/10) operating system, recommended screen resolution is 1440*900 or higher (the minimum setting is 1366*768)

          Computer software: download and install Online Chinese Test Application.

          Mobile phones, iPad and other electronic devices with cameras should download the video software designated by the local test center in advance: Tencent Meeting (download URL: Examinees should familiarize themselves with log-in and other operations of the Chinese Online Test Application and Tencent Conference Application (Voov) prior to the test.

          Internet: Ensure that the internet speed meets the requirements for video recording and transmission.

          Camera: HD (300,000 pixels or above), the exam room should be well lit, and the video images should be clear.

          Headphones: clear and undisrupted audio effects.

          Microphone (required for HSKK speaking test): clear recording, noise free.

          Test environment: The test should proceed in a safe, isolated and interruption-free room. It is strictly prohibited to take the test in public places such as parks, internet cafes, and restaurants. Computers, keyboards and other equipment for testing must be placed on the desktop. During the test, other people are prohibited from entering and staying the room. There should be no prohibited items in the test room.


Important note:

          No paper is needed for the Home-based Online Test of Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK, HSKK). During the test, it is prohibited to copy and record exam questions with notes or electronic equipment; desktop for the test should be tidy without any items irrelevant to the test.

          In order to ensure the validity of test operations, the official Chinese Test Center or third-party Chinese test centers may collect and verify test-related information of you. This information may include your name, photo, I.D. information, audio and video recordings taken during the test. We will only collect and use the above information as permitted by law and for the legitimate purposes of Chinese Test Center International (such as maintaining exam security).


2. Registration and payment

Log in to to register, complete the online registration according to the following instructions, and then complete the payment online or by contacting the test center for payment instructions.





Important Note:

          HSK and HSKK applicants must upload an electronic version of photos according to the test requirements. These are as follows:

          Recent ID photo (within 6 months before the test date) (standard two inches), passport photo only.

          Hats, headscarves (except for those worn according to religious beliefs), hair bands, and sunglasses are not permitted in the photo;

          Both black/white and color photos are acceptable, preferably with a white background as shown below:





Test fee




Written test

Fee (Euro)

Oral test

Fee (Euro)

Level 1




Level 2


Level 3




Level 4


Level 5




Level 6



     Online payment Link:


Important Note:

          Registration fee must be paid prior to October 21th 2020, otherwise it will be deemed as a waiver of registration.

          The fee is non-refundable.


3. Registration confirmation and admission ticket

After the applicants have completed the registration and paid the fee, they should log in to the Chinese Testing Website to query/print the test admission ticket at least 3 days before the test. They also need to confirm personal information based on the test admission ticket, such as name, nationality, gender, I.D. type and number, and test information including test subjects, test time, test center name, test center instructions, etc.


IV. Preparation before the exam


1. Admission time

          One hour before the start of the test, use the designated video software to enter the designated meeting room ("Tencent Meeting Application”, the meeting room link will be sent to the examinee through the examinee’s registered mailbox before the test), and then place the mobile phone/iPad/other electronic device one meter behind to examinee’s left or right (approximately 45 degree angle) (as shown in the figure below), so that the examiner can view the computer screen, desktop and the examinee;



          The examiner will inspect the examinee's examination environment and ID documents through designated software;

          Examinees need to connect mobile phone/iPad/other electronic device to the WIFI network.

          Electronic devices used for video recording must have sufficient battery to ensure that they will not switch off for the duration of the test.


2. System login

          Examinees should log in to the system prior to commencement of the test to prepare - ideally 30 minutes but no later than 20 minutes before the beginning of the exam. If examinees are late or unable to log in to the test system due to personal, equipment, or internet reasons, they will not be allowed extra time or a make-up test.

          Log in to the testing system and click to open the Chinese Online Testing Application.


3. Test equipment and environment checklist:


          Headphones or speakers to play audio


          Examinees should ensure that the equipment and internet are functional. If they cannot log into the test application due to other reasons than malfunction of their personal equipment, internet, etc., they should contact the test center to solve the problem in advance.



Important Note:

Examinees with invalid/incorrect I.D. documents will not be allowed to enter the exam.

Prohibited items should not be allowed into be in the testing area.


4. Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

Entering the exam


Enter the admission ticket number and password to enter the testing website. Examinees must log in to the registration website with their account at least one day prior to the test in order to obtain their admission ticket number and password using the "Print" button in the "Personal Information Center" page (as shown in the figure below).

V. During the exam

1. Test regulations

The "Regulations for Chinese Testing" lists all violations and regulations that are applicable to the home-based HSK test (HSK, HSKK). If an examinee violates any, Chinese Testing International and the test center reserve the right to take action during the test. The situation will then be reviewed following the test, and the examinees may receive further consequences for their actions.


2. Absence

If the test taker fails to take or complete the test due to personal reasons on the day of the test, the examinee will take full responsibility. Chinese Testing International and the test center will not allow extra test time or a make-up test, and the registration fee is not refundable.


VI. Test results and Test report

  1. Test results

    Examinees can log onto the Chinese test service website ( and enter their admission ticket number and name to check their results 10 days after the HSK test and 25 days after the HSKK test.


   2. Test report

Examinees can log in to the personal information center to download e-version score report. Chinese Testing International do not provide hard copy score reports, however these are available to students who request one upon payment of any postage costs.



1.When will the exam be held?


Please note the deadline for registration is 4 weeks before the exam date. 


2.Where will the exam be held?

The exam will be held in University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4. Please choose UCD Confucius Institute as test centre while registering online.


3.Where should I go for online registration?

Please go to for online registration. 

*You will need to register as a user first if this is the first time you take the exam.


4.When is the deadline for online registration?

Deadline for online registration is 4 weeks before the exam date.


5.Need more guidance for online registration?

Please visit for guidance on “Registration”.


6.Anything I need to pay special attention while registering?

Please provide valid email address/contact number in order to make sure you can always be informed with our latest notice.

Please provide valid postal address. 

If you would like to take HSK Level 4, 5 or 6, you will need to upload a passport photo.


7.What should I do after finishing online registration?

Please pay your exam fee online here to complete your registration process. Reference Field should be inserted with Exam Name, Level and Date as shown below. 


You should make the payment before the deadline, which is 4 weeks before the test you have applied for, for example, if you apply the test on 17th October, the deadline for the payment is 20th September.Only registration with confirmed payments will be issued exam admission card.


8.When is the deadline for payment?

Deadline for payment is 4 weeks prior to the exam date. 


9.How much do I need to pay for the exam?

Please click here to check exam fees.


10.Something important you REALLY need to know:

Failure of payment before deadline will cause cancellation of your registration. 

Payment without completion of online registration will NOT be accepted.


11.What is the last IMPORTANT thing I need to do before taking the exam?

Please log in the test service website,, by inputting the user name and password, and then print your Test Admission Card on the "Personal Center" page. Printing of the card is available 7-10 days before the test in general. If you fail to print it, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for query.

Don’t forget to bring it to the exam!

Please make sure you are familiar enough with the route to the exam venue on UCD Belfield campus.


12.Anything I can use to prepare for the exam?

Please visit for free downloading of past paper and syllabus.


13.When can I know the result of the exam?

The result of the exam will be accessible ONE month after the exam. Please go to www.chinesetest.cnand check.


14.When and how can I get my score report?

Usually, your score report will arrive at UCD Confucius Institute 6-7 weeks after the exam. You can come and collect it in person when noticed.




Exam Timetable


2020 Chinese Test Timetable 








21st  Mar.

21st  Feb.

21st Nov.

23rd  Oct.





21st  Mar.

21st  Feb.





9th  May

10th  April.

15th  Nov.

16th  Oct.






 Please note the deadline of registration. We are looking forward to seeing you soon at the exam. 

How to register and apply test

How to register and apply test in website of Chinese International Test Service


How to register

How to apply for a test

How to pay registration fee

How to print your test admission card


How to register

1. Log on the following website using Microsoft Internet Explorer



To change to English version, click the arrow and choose English

2. Click the link “New user”

3. In the pop-up window, fill in all the information required.

After you have filled in all the information and made sure there is no mistake, then click the button “Submit”. You will see the message as follows

This means your registration has been completed.

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How to apply for a test

1. Log in on the test application page

You can just click the link “Register now” when you get to the "Successfully registered as a website user" message just mentioned above.


Or, after you login the website


fill in your email address and password used in your registration in "User name" and "Password" boxes respectively, then click the link “log in”.

2. In newly opened page, hit the link “Test Registration” .

3. Find and click the link with the test you want to apply for on the left.

4. Hit the button “ Register Now” on the upper right hand corner in the next window.

5. After filling in the information required, and you have made sure there is no error, hit the button “Submit”.

6. When you submit successfully, a new page will pop up and you are supposed to fill in your personal information required.


After filling in this information correctly, click the button “Next Step”.


7. On next page you are supposed to upload your photo which will be used in your testing admission card.

After you have found and uploaded your photo successfully, you can see the photo in preview box , then click the button “Next Step”.


8. Now you come to the confirmation page. If you are sure that there is no mistake, hit the button “Finish”. Or you can hit “Previous” to make the necessary corrections.

When you see this message, your online application is finished. You will shortly receive an email at the address provided in your application.

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How to pay the registration fee

When you have finished your application, you should pay the registration fee online.

Please pay your exam fee online here to complete your registration process.

For amount, please click

Reference Field should be inserted with Exam Name, Level and Date as shown below. 


You should make the payment before the deadline, which is 4 weeks before the test you have applied for, for example, if you apply the test on 17th October, the deadline for the payment is 20th September.Only registration with confirmed payments will be issued exam admission tickets. 

If you have any difficulty to pay your fee online or any questions regarding payment, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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How to print your test admission card

When you have made your payment of the registration, we will confirm your payment in the Chinese International Test Service website. Once we have confirmed your payment, you can print your test admission card with your photo on line.

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