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HSK - Chinese Proficiency Test

Students who have completed Course 102 or 103 should be quite ready to take the level 1 or 2 written tests and the beginner level oral test. However, you are advised to learn more about the exact test format as well as the exact list of required words and vocabulary before taking the test.

Listed below is the basic information you will need to get started.

What is the HSK?

HSK, Hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì, is an official Chinese language proficiency test. It consists of 6 levels of written tests and 3 levels of oral tests. The written tests and the oral tests are conducted independently from each other.

The test is essential if you plan on studying in a Chinese university.

The Written test

HSK consists of 6 levels of written tests, from Level 1 to 6 in correspondence to level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 set by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The tests consist of listening, reading, and writing (except for level 1 and 2)

To take the tests, knowledge of the following number of vocabulary and characters are required:

*Comparison between HSK requirement and courses we offer.

The Oral Test

There are 3 levels of oral test: Beginner, intermediate and advance.

*With some extra preparation, you should be ready to take:
  • The beginner test after completing Course 102 or Course 103
  • The intermediate test after completing Course 116

Online practice

To try out the test online, go to: Confucius Institute Online:


Test centres in the Netherlands:

Contact the following for more information:

Confucius Institute Leiden University:
P.N. van Eyckhof 3 Building, Floor 3, Room #201a
HSK Office:+31(0)7-15271635

Stichting Groningen Confucius Institute

Oude Boteringestraat 42
9712 GL Groningen
tel. +31 (0)50 - 36 34 688

Useful website

Hanban/Confucius Institute

Hanban / Confucius Institute is a public institute affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education and is tasked to promote the learning and teaching of the Chinese language around the world. To learn more about the organization, visit: tekst

For sale at our school’s bookshop

The book ‘Chinese Learning Cards for HSK’ containing 2063 characters is available for sale at our school, look in the Bookshop for details and mail the school to order.