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HSK Chinese Proficiency Test at SOAS, University of London

HSK Test Centre

The London Confucius Institute at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is an official test centre in the United Kingdom for the Chinese Proficiency Tests.

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 recognised standard in assessing your Chinese language level and the result can be used to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarship (CIS). It is also accepted by universities in China as proof of Chinese proficiency. The HSK tests include writing, listening and reading skills.

The Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK) is the oral exam and focuses on oral capability. The HSKK is divided into three different levels: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced.
We also offer YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and BCT (Business Chinese Test) exams. Please contact us for further details.

Need help preparing for the exams? We offer a range of classes to help you prepare for the HSK and HSKK exams.

HSK Exam Duration and Vocabulary Requirement

HSK Level 140 minutes150
HSK Level 255 minutes300
HSK Level 390 minutes600
HSK Level 4105 minutes1200
HSK Level 5125 minutes2500
HSK Level 6140 minutes5000

HSKK (oral) Exam duration

HSKK Elementary17 minutes
HSKK Intermediate21 Minutes
HSKK Advanced25 minutes

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. Detailed requirements (up to September 2014) 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 (2014-2015)

Test DatesRegistration DeadlineDate of ResultsHSKHSKK
11th Oct14th Sep23th NovHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
8th Nov12th Oct20th DecHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
6th Dec9th Nov18th (Jan 2015)HSK1,2,3,4,5,6HSKK E, I, A
31th Jan5th Jan18th MarHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
28th Mar1st Mar28th AprHSK1,2,3,4,5,6HSKK E, I, A
18th Apr22nd Mar18th MayHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
16th May19th Apr16th JunHSK1,2,3,4,5,6HSKK E, I, A
13th Jun18th May14th JulHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
18th Jul22nd Jun19th AugHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
15th Aug20th Jul16th SepHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
12th Sep17th Aug13th OctHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
17th Oct20th Sep17th NovHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
14th Nov18th Oct14th DecHSK1,2,3,4,5,6 
5th Dec9th Nov6th Jan (2016)HSK1,2,3,4,5,6HSKK E, I, A

 ** Note the official result certificate requires additional time to be dispatched.


The total HSK/HSKK exam fee is made up of the following: 1) registration fee and 2) exam fee

Registration fee
Individual candidate£15
Group candidates(5 or more candidates)*£10
Registered students from other Universities (Student ID requires)£10
Registered SOAS students (Student ID requires) **FREE

Only one registration fee is payable where multiple exam entries are made on the same exam date.

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

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

Registration form

Please complete registration PDF form (see right upper), the 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 working 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 and Glossing classes are refundable up to a week before the course starts.
  • Changes to 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.