Translated as Chinese Proficiency Test, the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test stands as China’s sole national standardized test to examine the Chinese proficiency levels of non-native speakers (this includes international students and Chinese nationals living out of China).
Developed by the HSK Center at the Beijing Language and Culture University, the HSK certificate reflects a learner’s Chinese competency. This HSK Singapore test is recognized internationally and adopted by educational institutions for opportunities like:
HSK exams are conducted yearly and administered by Hanban, the public institution closely affiliated with the Ministry of Education in China.
The HSK exam is split into sections: Listening, Reading and Writing (HSK3-6). And each section is broken down into a number of questions to test your Chinese skills in their daily, academic and professional lives.
Generally, educational institutions do not look out for your HSK test score. What is more important and stands as a qualifier is the HSK level you have passed and hold a certificate in.
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As a marker of your Mandarin proficiency, you do not need to start taking the HSK exams from level 1. In fact, it’s recommended to sit for a placement test first to gauge your existing level of proficiency if you already have some prior knowledge of the language. If you hold significant proficiency, you might even begin at HSK level 6.
At Lindamandarin, an analysis is first done to determine your current Chinese proficiency. We will then proceed to recommend a suitable Mandarin class for you to learn Chinese effectively. In this way, we ensure that all students can meet their individual learning needs and objectives – allowing you to benefit from our courses fully.
Attaining HSK level 1 proficiency would require a student to master about 150 Chinese words. HSK level 1 Chinese proficiency can be achieved in approximately 1 month, with continuous practice up to the test date.
Especially for non-native speakers, it is important not to rush through the course. Mastering the basics is crucial before entering the the HSK elementary-intermediate course, because the HSK vocabulary involved will be significantly more difficult.