What is the HSK?


HSK stands for HanYu ShuiPin KaoShi, which roughly translated means “The Test of Chinese Proficiency.” The HSK was developed in the late 1980s and began its life as a true test in 1992. The idea of the HSK is to give China a tools that can be used to measure individual performance in the Chinese language. Test takers of the HSK include students planning to pursue studies in Chinese universities and professionals who wish to find work in China. Upon completion of the HSK, a certificate is given to the test taker. This certificate may be called into use for university/grad school applications and employment applications. At the moment, the HSK is the one and only test of Chinese language in mainland China.

Why Take the HSK?

Well, if you want to pursue higher education in China, most schools require you have an HSK certificate–especially good schools. In this case, the certificate proves that you won’t have any problem with language while you study.

In addition, if you are looking for professional opportunities in China, the HSK is a big plus on your resume. It usually is enough to convince an employer that you will not have any language problems in work. These days, more and more companies are requiring foreign applicants to have an HSK certificate.

The HSK will also look good on your resume, regardless of your location. As China’s economy and influence begins to grow, individuals who possess strong Chinese language skills will find more demand in the marketplace.

Certificates for the upper levels of the HSK are sometimes seen as translation certificates. That is, those individuals who have level six HSK certificates are often considered for translation work.


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