HSK training courses

We run training courses to assist performance on the HSK and HSKK tests. The training courses are aligned with HSK and HSKK testing dates and application deadlines for Confucius Institute scholarships, both usually falling in early May, with our training courses running
from March.


What is the HSK?

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is China's national standardised test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. The test is a certificate of language proficiency for higher education and professional purposes.

The HSK assesses non-native Chinese speakers' abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

A HSK and HSKK score are a priority criterion for accessing scholarships to study in China.

Test Levels

The levels of the new HSK correspond to the levels of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) as follows:

New HSKVocabularyCLPSCEFCompetency Upon Pass
HSK Level I150Level IA1Can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication
HSK Level II300Level IIA2Have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information
HSK Level III600Level IIIB1Can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic, and professional lives, and while traveling in China
HSK Level IV1200Level IVB2Can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers
HSK Level V1500Level VC1Can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese
HSK Level VIOver 5,000Level VC2Can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper

What is the HSKK?

The Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK) is the standardised oral test, or speaking test, that aims to test the speakers' ability in spoken Chinese. It is the oral test of HSK.

Both the HSK and HSKK are a prerequisite when applying for Confucius Institute scholarship to study in China.

Test Levels

The HSKK consists of three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced.

Beginner: It is the counterpart of the Level I and Level II of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Speaking Test (Beginner Level) can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and meet specific needs for communication.

SectionNumber of ItemsDuration (Minutes)
Part I - Listen and Repeat154
Part II - Picture Description103
Part III - Answer the Questions23
Total2710

Intermediate: It is the counterpart of the Level III and Level IV of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) can understand intermediate Chinese and converse fluently with native Chinese speakers.

SectionNumber of ItemsDuration (Minutes)
Part I - Listen and Repeat103
Part II - Picture Description24
Part III - Answer the Questions24
Total1411

Advanced: It is the counterpart of the Level V of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the C Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) can understand spoken Chinese and fluently express their ideas in Chinese.

SectionNumber of ItemsDuration (Minutes)
Part I - Listen and Repeat37
Part II - Picture Description12
Part III - Answer the Questions25
Total614

Youth Chinese Test

Our After School Language Program also provides young learners of Chinese with suitable experience to be able to prepare for the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), which is the international standardised test of Chinese language proficiency.

The YCT comprises of a writing test (levels 1-4) and verbal test (levels beginner and intermediate).


Test Centres

To view the available test centres in Australia, please download the Test Centre Information Excel spreadsheet (12KB).


HSK Training Fees

The Confucius Institute at La Trobe University runs training courses to assist performance on the HSK test. The training courses are aligned with HSK testing dates and application deadlines for Confucius Institute scholarships, both usually falling in early May, with our training courses running from March.

If you are interested in our HSK training courses and Confucius Institute scholarship opportunities, express your interest and we will contact you to discuss your individual case.

The fees charged depends on the group sizes for training courses.

  • 1-2 people $45/hour.
  • 3-4 people $37/hour.
  • 5-6 people $30/hour.

HSK training course participants will be placed in groups, dependent upon demand, with persons at similar competency levels. A course of study will be determined based on the assessed gaps for successfully performing in the HSK test.


Contact

Please populate our Expression of Interest form. Otherwise, if you have any questions or clarifications, please contact us.

Expression of Interest