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About HSK Tests
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  • Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

The new HSK tests were launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The tests are the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplines including Chinese language instructors, linguists, psychologists and educators. The new exams combine the advantages of the original HSK tests, while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training programs and making use of the latest research on international language testing systems.

I. Structure
The new HSK tests are international standardized exams that test and rate the Chinese language proficiency of learners. They evaluate the Chinese language abilities of non-native Chinese speakers in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK tests consist of different writing tests and speaking tests. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK (Level I), HSK (Level II), HSK (Level III), HSK (Level IV), HSK (Level V), and HSK (Level VI). There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK (Beginner Level), HSK (Intermediate Level), and HSK (Advanced Level). During the speaking tests, test takers will have their answers recorded.

Writing Test Speaking Test
HSK (Level VI) HSK (Advanced Level)
HSK (Level V)
HSK (Level IV) HSK (Intermediate Level)
HSK (Level III)
HSK (Level II) HSK (Beginner Level)
HSK (Level I)

II. Levels

The different levels of the new HSK are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

New HSK Tests Vocabulary CLPS CEF
HSK (Level VI) Over 5,000 Level V C2
HSK (Level V) 2500 C1
HSK (Level IV) 1200 Level IV B2
HSK (Level III) 600 Level III B1
HSK (Level II) 300 Level II A2
HSK (Level I) 150 Level I A1

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when traveling in China.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

III. Principles

The new HSK follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”, bases the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbooks. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”. The new HSK emphasizes the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluation and stresses the learners’ actual Chinese language abilities. The new HSK sets clear test objectives to enable test-takers to improve their Chinese language abilities in a systematic and efficient way.

IV. Purposes

The new HSK retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

1. A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and giving students academic credits.

2. A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.

3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.

4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

V. Results Certificate

Test takers will receive the results for the new HSK issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

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YCT

YCT
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· Youth Chinese Test

The new YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has organized experts from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to understand the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teaching and learning.

I. Test Structure

The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young foreign students' abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into four levels, namely, the YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The speaking test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level).

Writing Test Speaking Test
YCT (Level IV) YCT (Intermediate Level)
YCT (Level III)
YCT (Level II) YCT (Beginner Level)
YCT (Level I)

II. Test Levels

The different levels of the new YCT are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

New HSK New YCT Vocabulary CLPS CEF
HSK (Level VI) Over 5,000 Level V C2
HSK (Level VI)   2500 C1
HSK (Level VI)   1200 Level IV B2
HSK (Level III) YCT(Level IV) 600 Level III B1
HSK (Level II) YCT(Level III) 300 Level II A2
HSK (Level I) YCT(Level II) 150 Level I A1
  YCT(Level I) 80    

Testtakers who are able to pass the YCT (Level I) can understand and use some of the most common Chinese phrases and sentences and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

Testtakers who are able to pass the YCT (Level II) can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.

Testtakers who are able to pass the YCT (Level III), having reached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.

Testtakers who are able to pass the YCT (Level IV) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. When travelling in China, they can manage most forms of communication in Chinese.

III. Test Principles

The new YCT aims to improve Chinese language learners’ self-confidence and follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”. It bases the design of the test on current trends in international Chinese language training and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

IV. Test Purposes

The YCT is intended for students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. The results of the test can serve various purposes:

1. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.

2. A reference for Chinese language training in schools.

3. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

4. A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

V. Results Certificate

Test-takers will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

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About our Test Center

Confucius Institute at SF State serves as a Chinese Test Center, approved by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters to offer international standardized testes of Chinese language proficiency in Northern California. In association with local schools, the center offers Youth Chinese Test (YCT) twice a year, and offers Chinese proficiency Test/Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi(HSK) accordingly as required by Hanban.

Our Contact information is:
Email: cisfsu@sfsu.edu
Tel: 415-338-7631
Fax: 415-405-2866

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