HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test)

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi – Chinese Proficiency Test) assesses your ability to use Chinese in your daily life, and in academic and professional situations.
The HSK has six levels, ranging from beginner (level 1) to advanced (level 6), which test your reading, listening, and writing. These resources will help you ascertain your level.

We now also offer the HSKK (Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi – Chinese Speaking Proficiency Test) on selected dates. The test takes place on a computer and is assessed from the recording.

Exam dates for 2020 are available below.

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our planned exam schedule. We currently do not expect the University of Leeds campus to be open in time for June exams. If this is the case, any fees paid will be refunded. We hope to be able to add new exam dates once it is safe to do so.

Why take the HSK?

Track your progress

It’s very motivating to work your way through the levels as your Chinese improves.


Hanban offers scholarships for non-Chinese students to study in China, and a HSK certificate is required even if you have a Chinese degree. For full details visit the Hanban scholarships website.


Putting your HSK level on your CV is the best way to demonstrate your Chinese ability to potential employers, as it shows your level relative to an international standard.

Chinese work permits

You receive additional points for HSK scores in work permit applications.

HSK exam dates

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our planned exam schedule. We hope to be able to add new exam dates once it is safe to do so.

Saturday 21 November 2020 (HSK)

  • Register by 25 October 2020.
  • Results released 21 December 2020.

HSK exam fees


Level 1 – £10

Level 2 – £20

Level 3 – £30

Level 4 – £40

Level 5 – £50

Level 6 – £60


HSKK Primary – £15

HSKK Intermediate – £25

HSKK Advanced – £35

Pay your exam fee via the University of Leeds online store. If you are taking more than one exam, you will need to register separately for each one.

Making the payment does not complete the registration process. See ‘How to register for the exam’ below.

Please note that the exam fee is non-refundable. Please ensure that you have entered the correct fee for the level you are taking before beginning the booking process.

How to register for the exam

  1. Go to www.chinesetest.cn and log in as a test taker. If you don’t have an account, click on ‘New User’ to create one.
  2. Select the exam you would like to register for and complete the steps (download these instructions if you need help).

    Register for a test on ChineseTest.cn

  3. Once you are registered on the Chinese Test website, you need to pay the exam centre (that’s us) to complete the registration. Pay your exam fee via the University of Leeds online store. You will need to take a note of the exam fee for your chosen level(s) and adjust the online payment manually to the appropriate amount.

Please ensure that you complete the above steps before the registration deadline.

Feel free to contact us if you require any assistance.

Information for registered candidates

Applicants will be issued with an admission ticket and directions to the test centre after we have processed your registration.

The time and place specified on the admission ticket may be subject to change. You will receive confirmation of your exam date and time prior to the exam.

You will need to bring the ticket and personal ID when attending the exam.

Past papers

Chinese Proficiency Exams are issue by Hanban through Chinese Testing International. Download sample HSK exam papers for each level below. These are taken from the Chinese Testing International website, where you can find detailed information about the different exams, including the audio files for these papers.