Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese Proficiency Test

The Chinese proficiency Test (HSK) is a series of tests which aim to assess the non-native speakers’ capabilities of applying Chinese language in study, life and work. It consists of HSK Levels 1-6. The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM) is the only test center in Tennessee that is open to anyone. Below is information about HSK:

What is HSK?

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency,assesses the non-native speakers’ Chinese abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

For more information: www.chinesetest.cn

How do I know which level to take?

The HSK consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. There are six levels to the written test and three levels to the oral test.

Written Test Oral Test
HSK- Level 1 HSKK (Basic)
HSK- Level 2
HSK- Level 3 HSKK (Intermediate)
HSK- Level 4
HSK- Level 5 HSKK (Advanced)
HSK- Level 6

The levels of the HSK written test were developed to match the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and The Common European Framework Reference for Language. A comparison of these measurements:

HSK Number of Characters Proficiency Scales
Level 1 150 Grade One
Level 2 300 Grade Two
Level 3 600 Grade Three
Level 4 1200 Grade Four
Level 5 2500 Grade Five
Level 6 Over 5000

For more detailed information about HSK level, please view HSK level and Sample test.

What is YCT?

The new Youth Chinese Test (YCT) was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has organized experts from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to understand the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teaching and learning.


Participants wishing to take HSK test at our public exam site (University of Memphis) must register and pay the fee by Check or Money Order before the posted deadline. To register, please follow the instructions at registration page. If you're having difficulty registering online, follow our step-by-step guide. Registration for a specific test is open 28 days prior to its test date. Also, in each November we open registrations for the following calendar year. 

For questions, please contact:
Wei Wang (wwang9@memphis.edu) or call at (901)678-2595

Exam site at:
Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis (CIUM)
11th Floor John S. Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN      38152, USA

HSK Test Fee:

HSK Level 1: $20.00;   HSK Level 2: $30.00;   HSK Level 3: $40.00;

HSK Level 4: $50.00;    HSK Level 5: $60.00;    HSK Level 6: $70.00;

HSKK Test:

Basic: $20.00

Intermediate: $30.00

Advanced: $40.00

We will accept payment by Check or Money Order. Check payable to: University of Memphis. Please specify the fees for the HSK or HSKK or YCT test.

Our mailing address:
The Confucius Institute
11th Floor John S. Wilder Tower
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152

Please see sample check below:

Sample Check

Fees and registration for the HSK are NON-REFUNDABLE. Please see this page for information about making changes to HSK registration: http://www.chinesetest.cn/goquestion.do

Test result

Check online: You can check your test result online http://www.chinesetest.cn 15 days after the test date using the number on your admission card.

Result Sheet: Your official result sheet will be mailed to the CIUM Chinese test center within 50 days after your exam date. We will inform you of the time and location at which you should pick up your official result.

Note: You should pick up your result sheet at your earliest convenience after receiving the notice email or make an appointment with the test center. If you are not able to pick up your result sheet we can mail that to you.

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