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Chinese Language Tests


The HSK test is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. Taking the first letter of Hanyu (Chinese), Shuiping (proficiency) and Kaoshi (test), it assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives.


Mainly targeted at adult learners, over the years the HSK test has become one of the most important benchmarks for colleges to admit students and place them at the appropriate levels; for companies to hire, retain and promote their employees; and for learners to assess and further improve their Chinese.


The test is paper-based and usually takes 2-3 hours to finish. Questions include listening, reading and writing. The score becomes available one month later and is good for two years. (learn more)



As its name indicates, YCT (Youth Chinese Test) is specifically designed for young Chinese language learners. It shares the structure and purpose of HSK and brings the similar benefits to test takers. (learn more)