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HSK Chinese Proficiency Test at SOAS, University of London

SOAS: HSK Test Centre

The London Confucius Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is an official HSK Test Centre in the United Kingdom for the HSK Department of the National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language of the People's Republic of China in Beijing (Hanban).

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an official examination designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers from beginners to advanced Level (divided in levels 1-6). It is an internationally recognized standard in assessing your Chinese language level and can be used as a concrete reference tool of your Chinese language skills to employers, institutions, schools and other international organisations. The HSK tests your writing, listening and reading skills.

The Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK) is the oral variant of the HSK and only focuses on your oral Chinese language skills. The HSKK is divided into 3 different levels: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced.

HSK Exam duration

HSK Level 140 minutes
HSK Level 255 minutes
HSK Level 390 minutes
HSK Level 4105 minutes
HSK Level 5125 minutes
HSK Level 6140 minutes

HSKK (oral) exam duration

HSKK Elementary17 minutes
HSKK Intermediate21 Minutes
HSKK Advanced25 minutes

HSK vocabulary requirements

HSK Level 1150
HSK Level 2300
HSK Level 3600
HSK Level 41200
HSK Level 52500
HSK Level 65000

For more information about the HSK exam and to try the past papers, please see Chinese test.

Chinese Scholarships and HSK exam

Confucius Institute Scholarship applicants must present good HSK and HSKK exam results. Details as below:

Scholarship types HSKHSKK
MA in International EducationLevel 5, score 180+Intermediate level, score 60+
One year scholarshipLevel 3, score 180+Elementary level, score 60+
One term scholarshipLevel 2, score 120+Elementary level, score 60+

HSK Chinese Proficiency Test at SOAS (2014)

Test DatesRegistration DeadlineDate of ResultsExams running
15th Feb20th Jan16th MarHSK(1,2,3)
15th Mar17th Feb16th Apr

HSK (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


12th Apr16th Mar23th MayHSK(1,2,3)
10th May13th Apr22th JunHSK(1,2,3)
14th Jun18th May25th JulHSK(1,2,3)
12th Jul16th Jun25th AugHSK(1,2,3)
13th Sep18th Aug26th OctHSK(1,2,3)
11th Oct14th Sep23th Nov

HSK(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

HSKK (E, I, A)

8th Nov12th Oct20th DecHSK(1,2,3)
6th Dec9th Nov18th Jan 2015



 *Candidates for other exam dates and levels please contact:
China HSK UK Committee
124 Euston Road
London NW1 2AL
Tel: 020 7388 8818 Fax: 020 7388 8828 Email: hsk@uk-china.net


The HSK exam fee includes the following: 1) registration fee and 2) exam fee

Registration fee
Individual candidate£15
Group candidates *£10
Registered students from other Universities**£10
Registered SOAS students **FREE

*Contact us at lci@soas.ac.uk for group candidates discount, if you have 5 or more candidates.
**A photocopy of a student ID is required to receive the student discount.

Only one registration fee is payable where multiple exam entries are made.

Exam fee
HSK Level 1£10
HSK Level 2£20
HSK Level 3£30
HSK Level 4£40
HSK Level 5£50
HSK Level 6£60
HSKK Elementary£15
HSKK Intermediate£25
HSKK Advanced£35

How to Register

You are allowed to register for up to two HSK exams (must be two levels next to each other) and one HSKK exam at each exam intake.

Registration form

Please complete the HSK Application Form (pdf; 54kb) using capital letters, writing clearly and neatly. A copy of the student ID should be enclosed in order to be eligible for the student fee.

  • Pay by cheque or bank draft
  • Please calculate the total fee that you need to pay - registration fee, HSK, HSKK, Prep class, Postage.
  • Payable to London Confucius Institute, SOAS,  and posted to:
    London Confucius Institute
    Room 4420
    SOAS, University of London
    WC1H 0XG
What’s next?
  • You will receive an email to confirm your registration once the full payment is received.
  • You will receive a detailed exam timetable and other exam information two weeks after the registration deadline.  
  • Photos: Candidates who are taking HSK 4 , 5, 6 and HSKK E, I, A. are required to provide one recent photo for each exam. i.e. if you are taking HSK and HSKK at the same time, two photos will be needed. Please write your name on the back of the photo.
  • 30 days after the exam, you may visit HSK exam site to check the result. Your admission ticket number will be needed.
Refund policy
  • The registration fee and exam fee are non-refundable.
  • Fees for the preparatory classes are refundable up to a week before the course starts.
  • Changes on the exam level and exam date can be processed before the registration deadline. Changes can only be made ONCE without extra charge.
  • No change can be processed after the registration deadline.

HSK Preparatory Courses

To help your preparation for HSK exams, we offer the following HSK and HSKK preparatory Courses:

  • HSK preparatory lessons: £140
    Includes 4 Saturday lessons, each lasts two hours
  • HSKK Preparatory lessons:  £70
    Includes 1 introduction lesson which is 2 hours
    1 hour 1:1 session (by appointment)

The size of the class will be 6-12 students. A class may be cancelled if the minimum student number cannot be reached.  Dates and course levels are shown as below:

HSK and HSKK preparation classes (2014)
HSK\HSKK Test DatesDeadline for course registrationPreparatory lessons (Saturdays)
15th February12th JanuaryJanuary 18, 25, February 1, 7 HSK (1,2,3)
15th March8th February

February 15, 22, March 1, 8

HSKK (E, I, A)

12th April8th March

March 15, 22, 29 and April 5

HSK (1,2,3)

14th June10th May

May 17, 24, 31 and June 7


11th October6th September

September 13, 20, 27, October 4



8th November5th October

October 11, 18th, 25th, November 1


6th December2nd November

November 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

HSK(1, 3, 4, 5)