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Preparatory Course for HSK Elementary Course

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 Elementary), intermediate level (HSK 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.

To provide a preparatory full-time course for students who are seeking enrollment in a college, university or institute in China as undergraduate or research students. Or, for those non-Chinese native speakers, who want to leverage on their Chinese proficiency to gain acceptance by businesses or other hiring organizations, thereby gain the opportunities for a position and promotion, or job-related training.

Entry Requirement, Course Duration and Age Requirement

Preparatory Course Entry Requirement Course Duration Age Requirement
HSK Intermediate Basic Han Yu Pin Yin 6 months / 5 days / 3 hrs per day Age: 12

Our Teachers
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.

Teacher/Student Ratio
The optimum teacher-student ratio stipulated for the courses is capped at 1:23.

Course Material
Course materials include class notes, MOE-approved text books, slide presentation, educational media.

Course Outline
Teachers will conduct the teaching in accordance with the various HSK levels. The courses include:


HSK Elementary HSK Level 1 Primary 1 and 2 Higher Chinese
HSK Level 2 Primary 3 Higher Chinese

Entry/Enrollment Requirements
Student will sit for our School’s Placement Test and be placed into the relevant course based on the results of their placement test.

HSK (Elementary) is most appropriate to students who have basic Chinese proficiency, that is, who has taken more than 100 – 800 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 ends on 30th June; the second half-year courses commence on 1st July and ends 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
    40% 60%


  • 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


Contents No. of Questions Test Duration
Listening 1 – 50 Approximately 35 minutes
Sentence Structure 51 – 90 40 minutes
Reading 91 – 140 60 minutes

HSK (Basic) scoring system:
A sub score of HSK Basic is a graduated score ranging from 0 to 100 with 50 as the mean and 20 as the standard deviation. The total score, which is the sum of graduated scores for subs cores, is a graduated score ranging from 0 to 300. The scale subscores show the relative position of a candidate in a standard HSK Basic sample group. Table 1.1 gives the percentile of graduated subs cores. The second row indicates the percentage occupied by those whose scores are lower than the corresponding scores in the standard HSK Basic reference group.


Subscore 100 76 67 60 55 50 45 40 33 24
Percentage(%) 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10

Table 1.1 Percentile of subs cores of HSK Basic

Course Completion and Award
The type and grade of HSK Basic is based on the total score. Table 1.2 explains the type and grade of the certificate.


Types and Grade Grade Level Score Range
Types Grade
Basic Level C Level 1 100 – 154
B Level 2 155 – 209
A Level 3 210 – 300

Table 1.2 HSK Types and Grades of the Basic CertificateRequirements to obtain HSK Basic certificate:
The candidate must secure the total minimum score required for the corresponding level.