SOAS University of London

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, Vocabulary and Score

LevelDurationVocabulary(words)Total ScorePassing Score
HSK Level 140 minutes150200120
HSK Level 255 minutes300200120
HSK Level 390 minutes600300180
HSK Level 4105 minutes1200300180
HSK Level 5125 minutes2500300180
HSK Level 6140 minutes5000300180

(download the HSK papers and vocabulary)

HSKK (oral) Exam Duration and Score

LevelDurationTotal ScorePassing Score
HSKK Elementary17 minutes10060
HSKK Intermediate21 Minutes10060
HSKK Advanced25 minutes10060

(download the HSKK papers)

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+