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Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

The HSK is an international standardised examination that assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using Mandarin Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.

The HSK examination focuses on listening, reading and writing. The HSKK examination assesses speaking abilities.

Cardiff Confucius Institute within the School of Modern Languages is an approved test centre for the HSK.

Exam fees

The HSK consists of six levels, from HSK 1 (beginner) to HSK 6 (advanced). The HSKK consists of three levels, from basic to advanced.

If you are unsure which level is most appropriate for you, please contact your Chinese language tutor or the Cardiff Confucius Institute for information and advice. Exam fees apply to both internal and external candidates.

LevelTest total duration (minutes)Student feeIndividual fee
HSK 140£15£20
HSK 255£25£30
HSK 390£35£40
HSK 4105£45£50
HSK 5125£55£60
HSK 6140£65£70
LevelIndividual fee
HSKK Basic£25
HSKK Intermediate£35
HSKK Advanced£45

Timetables

We offer two examinations, the HSK and the HSKK, the timetable for these is as follows:

HSK

  • Sunday 16 October 2022 (registration deadline: 15 September 2022)
  • Sunday 4 December 2022 (registration deadline: 3 November 2022)

HSKK

  • Sunday 16 October 2022 (registration deadline: 15 September 2022)
  • Sunday 4 December 2022 (registration deadline: 3 November 2022)

Practice papers

For practice papers for HSK levels 1 to 6 and general information about the HSK, please visit the Chinese Testing website.

Registration

To register for the exam please complete and return the registration form. Please note that the deadline for registration is usually 30 days before the test date.

Chinese proficiency test registration form

Download the HSK registration form.

Payment can be made by card by emailing languages@cardiff.ac.uk for instructions.

Upon successful registration and payment you will receive a confirmation email.

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