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.
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.
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|
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 Intermediate||HSK Level 3||Primary 4 Higher Chinese|
|HSK Level 4||Primary 5 and 6 Higher Chinese|
HSK (Intermediate) is most appropriate to students who have Basic Han Yu Pin Yin, that is, those who have taken more than 400 – 2000 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 – 80||20 minutes|
|Reading||81 – 130||60 minutes|
|Cloze||131 – 170||30 minutes|
HSK (Intermediat) scoring system:
Interpretation of the scores of HSK Intermediate:
A sub score of HSK Elementary-Intermediate is a scale score with 50 as the mean and 15 as the standard deviation. The total score is a scale score with 200 as the mean and 60 as the standard deviation. These scores show the relative position of the candidate in a standard HSK sample group. In table 2.1, it indicates the relative position of a candidate in the whole group. The column on the right gives the percentage of those whose scores are lower than the corresponding scores in the standard HSK reference group. The total score is not equal to the sum of all the subscores.
|Total Score||Sub Score|
Table 2.1 HSK Score Percentage
Course Completion and Award
Table 2.2 shows the subscores of HSK Intermediate as well as the types and grades of the certificate of HSK Intermediate.
In table 2.2, HSK Intermediate has a bottom line below level C, which is established for the convenience of setting the standards for the HSK Intermediate certificate. Thus, the bottom line cannot be used for measuring a beginner’s level. The candidate cannot fail the certificate of HSK Intermediate if any score falls below the minimum elementary subs core requirements.
|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|