HSK Proficiency Test

The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) is a standardized test to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers, including non-Chinese nationals, Chinese overseas and students of Chinese national minorities.

HSK Chinese Proficiency Test Overview

  • Western Michigan University has offered the HSK test on campus since 2010.
  • The HSK is the only standardized Mandarin Chinese proficiency test for non-native speakers recognized by the Chinese government, which was first offered at Beijing Language and Culture University.
  • A HSK certificate is recognized without limitation in the People' s Republic of China and which may be useful for higher education and professional purposes.
  • Stay-home online HSK test dates in 2021 are: 03/13, 06/05 and 10/30. Due to COVID-19 situation, the on-site test is cancelled for 2021. Registration deadline is 15 days before the test date. Check the web page for the updates on the future test dates or send the email to lin.chaohui@wmich.edu and request to be on the contact list for the future HSK release dates.
  • For the payment and HSK stay home test requirements and the detail information, please read the guide carefully: Online HSK test home edition guide

HSK Levels: comprises of six levels from HSK-Level 1 to HSK-Level 6

Level Description of Language Skills Test Structure Duration (Min.) Test Fee ($)
Level 1

Test takers who reach HSK-Level 1 can understand and use simple words and sentences to fulfill specific communication needs.

Level 1 have a foundation for the further study of Chinese.

Listening: 20 Questions 

Reading: 20 Questions

40 20
Level 2

Test takers who reach HSK-Level 2 can communicate simply and directly on daily topics they are familiar with. 

Level 2 have reached the advanced stage of beginner level.

Listening: 35 Questions

Reading: 25 Questions

55 30
Level 3

Test takers who reach HSK-Level 3 can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work. 

If traveling in China, Level 3 can handle most communication tasks they encounter.

Listening: 40 Questions

Reading: 30 Questions

Writing: 10 Question

90 40
Level 4

Test takers who reach HSK-Level 4 can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese.

Level 4 are able to communicate with native speakers.

Listening: 40 Questions

Reading: 30 Questions

Writing: 10 Questions

105 50
Level 5

Test takers who reach HSK-Level 5 can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, and appreciate Chinese films and television. 

Level 5 are able to write and deliver a full speech.

Listening: 45 Questions

Reading: 45 Questions

Writing: 10 Questions

125 60
Level 6

Test takers who reach HSK-Level 6 can easily understand what they read and listen.

Level 6 are able to express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese.

Listening: 50 Questions

Reading: 50 Questions

Writing: 10 Questions

140 70

Cancellation Refunds:

      • If a student withdraws from the test and notifies WMU before the registration deadline, a full refund will be given.
      • If a student withdraws from the test and notifies WMU after the registration deadline, no refund will be given.