Introduction to HSK
The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is China’s national standardized test designed and developed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities).
HSK is divided into three categories: beginners’ level (HSK Basic), elementary to intermediate level (HSK Elementary-Intermediate), and advanced level (HSK Advanced).
HSK tests are held regularly both at domestic test centers and at overseas test centers each year. HSK Certificates are issued to those who have obtained the required scores.
Chinese proficiency certificates are permanently valid. However, as a proof of Chinese proficiency for foreign students applying for enrollment into different types of schools at various levels in China, HSK scores are valid for two years from the date of examination.
Course Duration and Age Requirement
|Preparatory Course||Entry Requirement||Course Duration||Age Requirement|
|HSK Intermediate||Academic & Language: INTERMEDIA CHINESE||6 months / 5 days / 3 hrs per day||Age: 12|
There are two Semesters per year: Semester 1: January to June, Semester 2: July to December. Students can choose to enroll in the Semester 1 or Semester 2. At the end of each Semester, students are required to take the Semestral Examination and the School will issue the Semestral Examination report cards to the students.
We have highly qualified teachers who are dedicated and responsible. Our teachers are not only experienced in their teaching subject but are also very amicable and caring.
Manner/Methodology of Teaching
Our course is classroom-based, however we also provide after-school supplementary exercises. Through multi-media, teachers will explain the main focus of courses and difficult points, adding relevant knowledge beyond the curriculum, interspersed with some class discussion, for students to reflect on concepts and issues.
The optimum teacher-student ratio stipulated for the courses is capped at 1:23.
Course materials include class notes, MOE-approved text books, slide presentation, educational media.
Teachers will conduct the teaching in accordance with the various HSK levels. The courses include:
|HSK Advanced||HSK Level 5||Secondary 1 and 2 Higher Chinese|
|HSK Level 6||Secondary 3 and 4 Higher Chinese|
HSK (Advanced) is most appropriate to students who have the standard of INTERMEDIATE CHINESE, that is, those who have taken more than 3000 and more hours of Formal Contemporary Chinese course (including those with equivalent academic qualification).
Course Commencement and End Date
All HSK courses are open for registration all-year round. The first half-year courses commence on 2nd January and end on 30th June; the second half-year courses commence on 1st July and end on 31st December of every year.
Manner of Assessment
The assessment scheme for modules in the School’s courses is standardised as follows:
|Class Test/Project / Assignment / Homework/ Attendance||Written examination|
The class test/ project/ assignment/ homework/ attendance component may have sub-components if deemed appropriate by the teacher. These multiple assessments collectively help teaching staff to reliably establish the abilities and competencies of students.
Borderline fail cases will be reviewed appropriately. The student may justify his or her failure with the group of teachers concerned. Final decision will be made by Academic Manager.
A list of students who meet the requirements for a School award will be compiled at the end of each course. For a student to receive this award, besides meeting the course requirements for graduation, fees must be paid in full and the student must have a minimum overall attendance of 75% (or 90% for international students) for the entire course.
Students who have not passed their modules may submit an appeal for review of results using our school’s Results Appeal Form through the Administrative Manager stating their reasons. This appeal must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the exam results, together with payment of the required fee.
The School works within the following timeline for processing and releasing the final exam results and appeal results. a) Release of final exam results – within 4 weeks after completion of the final paper of the examination b) Release of appeal results – within 4 weeks from the official date of release of the exam results (or 3 weeks from the close of the appeal period)
A student whose appeal is unsuccessful may apply to the School to take a re-test with payment of a re-test fee. This application must be submitted within 1 week of the release of the appeal results. If the student fails the re-test, he must either repeat the module or take a new module in order to accumulate the required number of passed modules for graduation.
A student who chooses not to appeal may apply to the School to take a re-test, with payment of a re-test fee, within 1 week of the release of the exam results.
Test Structure and Duration
The test is taken in this order and timed as follows:
|Contents||No. of Questions||Test Duration|
|Listening||1 – 40||approximately 30 minutes|
|Reading||First Section||41 – 55||15 minutes|
|Second Section||56 – 80||25 minutes|
|Cloze||81 – 120||40 minutes|
After the 120-item written test, there is a 10 minute test break. Then a composition and oral test follow.
|Oral test||20 minutes|
|First Stage Preparation||10 minutes|
|Second Stage Talk (Recorded)||10 minutes|
HSK (Advanced) scoring system:
Interpretation of the scores of HSK Advanced:
A subscore of HSK Advanced is a scale score with 50 as the mean and 15 as the standard deviation. These scores show the relative position of the candidate in a standard sample group. Table 3.1 helps to locate the relative position of a candidate in the whole group. The second line indicates the percentage occupied by those whose scores are lower than the corresponding scores in the standard HSK reference group.
Table 3.1. Percentile of subscores of HSK Advanced
Course Completion and Award
In table 3.2, HSK Advanced has a bottom line, which is established for the convenience of setting the standards for the certificate of HSK Advanced. Thus, the bottom Line is only relevant for ranking levels in HSK elementary and intermediate when the score of a candidate reaches the bottom line.
|Types and Grades||Scores Level||Score Range|
|Advanced Level||Bottom Line||46-57||42-53||42-53||46-57||44-55||220-279|
Table 3.2 Types and grades of the certificate of HSK Advanced
|Types and Grades||Grade Level||Score Range|
|Elementary Level||Grades||Bottom Line||29-37||28-36||30-38||84-100||115-151|
|Intermediate Level||C||Level 6||65-73||64-72||66-74||64-72||263-299|