Which Test to Take

The comparison among the written test of new HSK, Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Language and The Common European Reference for Language (CEF) is as follows.

New HSK Vocabulary Chinese Language Proficiency for Speakers of Other Languages The Common European Framework Reference for Languages
HSK
Level 6
5000+ Band Five C2
HSK
Level 5
2500 Band Five C1
HSK
Level 4
1200 Band Four B2
HSK
Level 3
600 Band Three B1
HSK
Level 2
300 Band Two A2
HSK
Level 1
150 Band One A1

Students generally based decision on which level to take on (1) purpose for taking the test and (2) current language proficiency and competency. The six levels of difficulty forms a comprehensive testing system, ranging from beginning to advanced levels.

  • HSK-Level 1: This is catered to students that have taken one semester/6 months of Chinese (Chinese 101).
  • HSK-Level 2: This is catered to students that have taken two semesters of Chinese (Chinese 102).
  • HSK-Level 3: This is catered to students that have taken three semesters (a year and half) of Chinese (Chinese 201).
  • HSK-Level 4: This is catered to students that have taken four semesters/two years of Chinese (Chinese 202).
  • HSK-Level 5: This is catered to students that have taken more than two years of Chinese (Chinese 302).
  • HSK-Level 6: This is catered to students that have a vocabulary of 5000 or more words.
New HSK Oral Vocabulary Chinese Language Proficiency for Speakers of Other Languages The Common European Framework Reference for Languages Equivalent Chinese Courses
HSK-Oral
Advanced
3000 Band Five C Three years or more
HSK-Oral
Intermediate
900 Band Three and Four B One to two years
HSK-Oral
Elementary
200 Band Two A One to two semesters

 

Testing Schedule

2016 Test Dates:

HSK Exam
Exam Request Deadline: Nov. 5, 2016
Registration Deadline: Nov. 14, 2016
Day of Exam: Dec. 3, 2016

Test Locations:

Brigham Young University
Building & Room TBA