HSK Test in Beijing: The Complete, Definitive Guide for 2021
If you are learning Chinese, you may have heard about a test called the HSK, which you can take easily in Beijing. But what is the HSK test exactly? How does it work? What can you use it for? And what do you need to know to take the HSK test in Beijing?
Have no fear if you are confused. In this article, we’ll walk you through what the HSK is, its levels, formats, structure, and whether or not you’ll need to take it. We’ll cover every detail about the HSK test in Beijing – test centers, dates, fees, and you’ll find everything you need to know to register and prepare for the HSK test in Beijing.
Let’s dive in!
Table of Contents
- General Information
- What is the HSK?
- HSK vs Other Chinese Proficiency Tests
- Who Should Take the HSK?
- Why Take the HSK?
- HSK Levels & Requirements
- HSK Test Structure & Passing Grade
- HSK Formats
- HSK Test in Beijing
- 2021 HSK Test Dates in Beijing
- HSK Registration Deadline & Results Release
- HSK Test Centers in Beijing
- HSK Test Fees
- HSK Score Validity
- How to Register for the HSK Test
- HSK Test Preparation
- Determine Your HSK Level
- HSK Practice Tests
- HSK Study Plan
- HSK Preparation Courses in Beijing
- HSK Test Day
What is the HSK?
HSK is short for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试), meaning “Chinese Proficiency Test” in Chinese. It’s a standardized test designed for non-native Chinese speakers as a way of certifying their knowledge in Mandarin. The organizer of HSK is Hanban (汉办), an affiliation of the Chinese Ministry of Education also in charge of the Confucius Institutes. HSK scores are primarily used by Chinese universities as part of the admissions process for international students.
Typically, those who take the HSK want to attend university or graduate school in China. But anyone who wants to assess their Mandarin level or need to demonstrate a mastery of Mandarin for professional purposes can take the HSK.
The HSK focuses on how Chinese is used in an academic setting, which is why schools and universities in China use HSK scores for admissions purposes. The reading section in the HSK uses formal, academic language and high-level vocabulary rather than casual or spoken Chinese.
HSK vs Other Chinese Proficiency Tests
HSK is a huge deal. This test has been going on for more than 30 years now, and it’s been taken millions of times around the world over 120 countries. Though it’s popular, the HSK is not the only Chinese test as a foreign language. Hanban administers several Chinese proficiency tests for different purposes.
If you want just one authoritative Chinese language proficiency certificate, you’ll most likely end up taking the HSK. But, if you want to prove your skills in spoken Chinese, the HSK is not the right test for you because it’s a 100% written test predominantly concerned with listening, reading and writing and has no speaking section.
If you’re seeking to benchmark your progress in spoken Chinese, then you need to take the Chinese Proficiency Spoken Test (HSKK) instead of the HSK. The HSKK tests pronunciations, tones, clarity, continuity, variety, and fluency in speech. It objectively measures learner’s overall speaking ability in real life.
Business Chinese Test (BCT) is another Chinese language proficiency test for Chinese learners in a business setting. This BCT test consists of two relatively independent tests: BCT (Listening & Reading) and BCT (Speaking & Writing). The candidates can sit for one or both of them at a time. The BCT tests everyday and business language, rather than academic language, and so is more appropriate for work environments.
Young Chinese learners can take the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), which is specifically designed for primary and middle school students. The YCT is also divided into two independent tests – spoken and written to test youngsters’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives.
HSK, HSKK, BCT, and YCT are all administered by Hanban and you can take any of these Chinese proficiency tests in Beijing, depending on your academic and career goal. The tests are recognized worldwide except in Taiwan. If you plan to study or work in Taiwan, you may want to take the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) instead. TOCFL is Taiwan’s Mandarin Chinese proficiency test. As with the HSK in Mainland China, the TOCFL can be required in some Taiwanese universities and companies. For obvious reasons, TOCFL is not recognized in the Mainland.
Who Should Take the HSK?
The HSK is intended mainly for students looking to attend a university or graduate school program in China. But people can also take the HSK for other purposes. Those who may take the HSK include:
- Students attending Mandarin-based university programs in China
- Students applying for an HSK scholarship
- People who are looking to be licensed or certified in a particular field
- People who need to demonstrate their mastery of Mandarin for employment purposes
- People who need to apply for a work permit in China
- Those who simply want to benchmark their progress in Chinese learning
Any non-native Chinese speakers can take the HSK test. There is no age restriction. But, we recommend that students be at least 7th grade (or 14 years of age) before attempting to take the high-level HSK tests (Level 5-6). The tests require you to read some difficult passages and be familiar with some high-level vocabulary and most students are not exposed to this type of language before the 7th grade. Younger Chinese learners are recommended to take the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) instead.
Not every college or university in China requires incoming international students to take an HSK. Some schools will waive the need for you to take an HSK test if:
- Your program is based on English instead of Mandarin
- You take their college admission exam instead (Mandarin is tested along with other subjects)
- You earned a diploma or degree from another Chinese university
Benefits of the HSK
If you are a student, the admissions board of Chinese universities needs to know that you can handle the course load of a Mandarin-based program before they accept you into an academic program: they use the HSK as a standardized metric for your Chinese skills.
To be able to follow a class instructed primarily in Chinese, a fair understanding of the language is needed. Therefore most universities in China require applicants to pass a high-level HSK test such as HSK5 or HSK6 for admission to degree programs.
Some schools may want a little more by providing a minimum cutoff score you must earn on the HSK to be accepted, since they have higher academic standards and require students to have a mastery or near-mastery of Chinese. (We’ll get to HSK levels and scoring in a minute).
You can also apply for scholarships using your HSK test results. The Ministry of Education of China award scholarships to students interested in studying at Confucius Institutes or Chinese universities who achieve excellent scores on their HSK exam.
For professionals, the HSK opens doors to a wide range of job opportunities around the globe and supports career advancement. An HSK certificate is a useful proof of language competency for job applications to Chinese companies and multi-nationals (for example, a job description might ask for foreign applicants with “HSK5 or better”). And the certificate never expires and will always be a good testament to your Mandarin proficiency. Saying it at a job interview or mentioning it on your resume/CV will work in your favor and impress your potential employers. Even employers that don’t require Mandarin proficiency can get a more complete picture of you, knowing your strengths.
Even if you’re currently undecided about your career plans, you might still want to consider taking the test, regardless. This will give you some flexibility for your future, whether or not you think you need an HSK certificate right now.
Besides, the HSK comes in handy when you apply for a work permit in China. China now uses a work permit scoring system through which every foreigner is graded according to their qualifications and skills. You need to reach at least 60 points in that system to be granted the work permit and visa in China, and depending on the level acquired, an HSK certificate can bring you 1-5 points. (View the official work permit points table here)
Outside of the academic and professional realm, the HSK does not seem that important on the surface, but it can still be very useful. It offers an objective assessment of your skills, defining which stage you’re at with your Chinese learning. Plus, tests are useful study techniques to help you improve quicker. When you take the HSK, you have to recall and apply what you have learned. This process greatly improves your chances of remembering information. The HSK test report also makes your future Chinese study more productive by showing what you need to work on next.
HSK Levels & Requirements
It’s not mandatory to take the HSK tests in level order. You can sign up for any level and take the test as many times as you like to.
That said, you might want to avoid wasting money and time on the wrong level. So, what HSK level are you now? Which HSK level test should you take? Here’s the official guideline from Hanban:
- HSK1: You can understand and use simple words and phrases
- HSK2: You can communicate simply and directly on daily topics you are familiar with.
- HSK3: You can conduct basic communication in daily life, study and work. You can manage most communication when traveling in China.
- HSK4: You can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and can communicate with native Chinese speakers fluently in common situations.
- HSK5: You can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and TVs, and can write and deliver a full speech.
- HSK6: You can easily understand what you read and hear, and express yourself smoothly in written and oral Chinese.
* Knowledge of Chinese characters is optional on HSK1 and HSK2 tests as pinyin is always provided along with characters on test papers.
The below table gives you an overview of requirements on each HSK level in numbers:
|Level||Words You Need to Know||Characters You Need to Know||Correspondence to CEFR (claimed by Hanban)|
|HSK1||150+||150 (optional)||A1 (beginner)|
|HSK2||300+||300 (optional)||A2 (elementary)|
We’ll explain a bit more about HSK-CEFR correlation and what your expectations should be when taking the test.
CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) is the international standard established by the Council of Europe to assess language learner’s ability to use 40+ European languages. Hanban claims that the HSK levels have a one to one correspondence to the CEFR levels: HSK’s level 1-6 to CEFR’s A1 (beginner)-C2 (proficient).
However, there have been lots of disputes over this claim. For instance, the Fachverband Chinesisch in Germany (an organization similar to the Confucius Institute) thinks that the HSK6 is only between B2-C1 levels in the CEFR.
We agree with this.
According to CEFR, a person at C2 level should be able to function in the language to the same ability as an educated native speaker. However, we interviewed a number of HSK test-takers as well as many native Chinese students and teachers, and they unanimously concluded that the HSK-CEFR correlation claimed by Hanban is an overestimate.
For starters, knowing 2,500 words is not enough for you to read Chinese newspapers and magazines, and 5,000 words is a low estimate of the vocabulary needed to be considered at an “educated native speaker” level. In fact, the level of Chinese used in Chinese universities is higher than HSK6. (read our report here)
The reason why Hanban made the HSK tests sound more advanced than they really are is simple: to encourage more people to learn Chinese and take the tests! For this, Hanban intentionally made the HSK tests a lot easier than before (the old HSK before 2010 consisted of 11 levels, and the current HSK6 only corresponds to level 8-9 in the old HSK system, where you needed a vocabulary of 10,000+ words to reach level 11).
So, here is our amended and more objective version of HSK-CEFR Correlations:
Don’t feel dismayed! Look at it this way: now you can get a high-level Chinese proficiency certificate much easier than before! And that’s not bad at all: HSK6 is good enough for most social, academic, and professional contexts, and if you keep on learning from that point, progressing further to full proficiency in Chinese won’t be too hard.
A single advanced HSK test for levels 7-9 is scheduled to be added to the current HSK system in 2021 or later. Meanwhile, no change will be made to the existing HSK tests for levels 1-6. Read updates on the New HSK here)
HSK Test Structure & Passing Grade
An HSK test lasts 35-130 minutes depending on the level.
HSK1 and HSK2 are designed for basic Chinese learners and therefore fairly short. The tests consist of only two sections: listening and reading. Each section is broken down into a number of questions in the form of multiple choices. Questions are presented in both pinyin and characters. There is no writing section.
Each section is scored out of 100. The scores of the two sections are then added together for a final, total score of 200 points, and you need to score at least 120 to pass the tests.
From HSK3 onwards, all the questions are presented in Chinese characters only. The tests consist of three sections: listening, reading (all multiple choices) and writing. The total score is 300 (100 each for listening, reading and writing sections), and you need to score at least 180 to pass the tests.
Here’s a chart that summarizes the test structure, time and scoring of each HSK test level:
|Level||Test Structure||Test Time||Test Scoring|
|Listening||Reading||Writing||Full Grade||Pass Grade|
* You’ll be given an extra 5 minutes to fill in your personal information.
After you take the test, the test papers are then mailed back (or submitted, if you take it over computer) to Hanban headquarters in Beijing. The test centers that administer the tests do not grade the test papers.
At each level, you either pass or don’t pass. To get the corresponding HSK certificate, you just need to reach the passing score – that’s all that matters.
However, if you’re taking the HSK as part of school applications, be sure to always look up the requirements for your specific schools and keep the cutoff score in your head as you study for the HSK.
The HSK test is provided in two formats in Beijing: the internet-based HSK (also known as computer-based HSK) and the paper-based HSK. For both formats, you need to go to a physical HSK test center (although the name “internet-based” may suggest it, there is no way you can take the test on your own computer at home).
The internet-based HSK is the more popular choice among test-takers, however, not all HSK test centers in Beijing have the facilities to conduct the HSK in this format.
The internet and paper-based HSK tests are exactly the same in difficulty level, test content and scoring criteria. The only difference is that if you take the internet-based HSK, questions will be presented on a computer screen and you will be required to submit answers through the use of a keyboard and a mouse.
Generally, we recommend you to take the internet-based test if you are signing up for HSK level 3-6, as you don’t have to physically write every character in the writing section, which many learners find hard. But the paper-based test also has advantages such as note-taking and section-skipping (read the full comparison of the two formats here). If you feel more comfortable taking a test with paper and pencil, then we encourage you to do it.
In case you are wondering, universities and employers in China don’t have any preference in which format that applicants take the HSK, and you can crush the test with flying colors in either format.
2021 HSK Test Dates in Beijing
The HSK tests are offered 14 times a year in Beijing, which means you have plenty of dates to choose from, so pick the best date for you and your schedule.
Here are the official HSK test dates for 2021.
|Test Dates||Internet-based HSK||Paper-based HSK|
|Jan 09 (Sat)||y||y|
|Feb 06 (Sun)||y||y|
|Mar 07 (Sat)||y|
|Mar 20 (Sat)||y||y|
|Apr 10 (Sat)||y||y|
|May 15 (Sat)||y||y|
|Jun 19 (Sun)||y||y|
|Jul 18 (Sun)||y||y|
|Aug 22 (Sun)||y||y|
|Sep 11 (Sat)||y||y|
|Oct 17 (Sat)||y||y|
|Nov 06 (Sat)||y|
|Nov 20 (Sat)||y||y|
|Dec 05 (Sun)||y||y|
As you can see, the HSK tests are all administered over weekends, with no exception. HSK levels 2, 4, 6 usually start at 9 am and HSK levels 1, 3, 5 usually start at 1:30 pm.
Note that on March 07 and November 06, the HSK tests are offered exclusively in the digital format. If you are a die-hard paper and pencil fan, take the test on other dates.
HSK Registration Deadline & Results Release
The internet-based HSK test allows you to register just 10 days before the test date. But if you want to take the traditional paper-based HSK test, you must register at least 4 weeks before the test date.
Here are the details of the HSK registration deadline and results release for 2021.
|Test Dates (internet)||Registration Deadline||Score Release|
|Jan 09 (Sat)||Dec 30, 2020||Jan 25|
|Feb 06 (Sat)||Jan 27||Mar 01|
|Mar 07 (Sun)||Feb 25||Mar 22|
|Mar 20 (Sat)||Mar 10||Apr 05|
|Apr 10 (Sat)||Mar 31||Apr 26|
|May 15 (Sat)||May 05||May 31|
|Jun 19 (Sat)||Jun 09||Jul 05|
|Jul 18 (Sun)||Jul 08||Aug 02|
|Aug 22 (Sun)||Aug 12||Sep 06|
|Sep 11 (Sat)||Sep 01||Sep 27|
|Oct 17 (Sun)||Oct 07||Nov 01|
|Nov 06 (Sat)||Oct 27||Nov 22|
|Nov 20 (Sat)||Nov 10||Dec 06|
|Dec 05 (Sun)||Nov 25||Dec 20|
If you take the internet-based HSK test, your HSK test score will be available online at the HSK website two weeks after the test date, with the exception of the test date before the Chinese New Year (Feb 06). For this test, the release of score reports will be postponed by another week. The physical test report, on the other hand, will be sent to your test center 1-2 months after the test date, and you should be notified either by email or telephone for a pickup.
|Test Dates (paper)||Registration Deadline||Score Release|
|Jan 09 (Sat)||Dec 13, 2020||Feb 09|
|Feb 06 (Sat)||Jan 10||Mar 13|
|Mar 20 (Sat)||Feb 21||Apr 20|
|Apr 10 (Sat)||Mar 14||May 17|
|May 15 (Sat)||Apr 18||Jun 15|
|Jun 19 (Sat)||May 23||Jul 19|
|Jul 18 (Sun)||Jun 21||Aug 18|
|Aug 22 (Sun)||Jul 26||Sep 22|
|Sep 11 (Sat)||Aug 15||Oct 18|
|Oct 17 (Sun)||Sep 20||Nov 17|
|Nov 20 (Sat)||Oct 24||Dec 20|
|Dec 05 (Sun)||Nov 08||Jan 05, 2021|
You can view your score reports online at the HSK website one month after you take the paper-based HSK test, with the exceptions of the test dates before the Chinese New Year, May Day Holiday, and National Day Holiday (Feb 06, Apr 10, Sep 11). For these three tests the release of score reports will be postponed by another week. The physical score reports are mailed to your test center 1-2 months after the test day.
A Note on HSK Registration Dates and Deadlines
Although the test dates are already fixed for the entire year, most test centers won’t allow you to register for a test far ahead of its test date (registration usually starts 3-4 months before the test date).
Also, take note that not all test centers in Beijing administer HSK tests at every level on every test date. How often your test center manages the HSK test at your level depends on their funding and on how popular that test is. Always double-check with your test center to see your available test dates.
It’s always better to register early than late after you decide on the date, because most test centers have limited seating. Registration will always be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until capacity is reached. Besides, if you experience technical glitch registering online at the last minute, Hanban will not be able to make accommodations for you.
If you’re taking the HSK as part of a school application, you’ll need to schedule your HSK test date around your application deadlines. Make sure you read our tips on how to pick the right HSK test date for you.
HSK Test Centers in Beijing
It’s extremely easy to take the HSK test in Beijing since it has more test centers than any other city in China. As of 2021, there are 41 authorized HSK test centers across 7 districts in Beijing, and 23 of them offer the test-taker friendly internet-based HSK test.
You can take the HSK test in the following districts of Beijing: Changping, Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Haidian, Shunyi, Tongzhou, Xicheng.
If you are studying at a university in Beijing, chances are your school already runs an HSK test center. You can have the opportunity to visit the testing site ahead of time to feel it out, and even find time to take some practice tests in that very building!
If you are not a student but just work or live in Beijing, you can easily sign up for the HSK test at a Chinese language school or educational institution authorized to administer the tests in Beijing, for example, Mandarin House, Confucius Institute Online, Confucius Institute E-learning Center, to name a few. They are all centrally located in Beijing.
We’ve pulled a complete list of the 41 HSK test centers in Beijing on this page.
Now, choosing an HSK test center is actually not as simple as picking the one closest to you. You can be more strategic in your choice. We’ve come up with a few tips here to help you decide which center you should go to ace the HSK exam.
HSK Test Fees
The price of the HSK test will vary depending on the level that you sign up for. For 2021 HSK tests in Beijing, the fees (in CNY) are 150 (Level 1), 250 (Level 2), 350 (Level 3), 450 (Level 4), 550 (Level 5) and 650 (Level 6).
|Test||Price in CNY|
The fees are the same for both the internet-based HSK and the paper-based HSK at any test center in Beijing and across China.
Some test centers allow payment online while others will require you to pay in person. You can make a quick call or send an email to your test center to find out their policy if needed.
HSK Score Validity
The HSK certificate has permanent validity. It’s like a diploma. Once you receive it, it becomes your property and is valid forever.
However, if you wish to use your HSK scores to apply to a college or university in China, your HSK scores are valid for two years only from the date you take the test. The HSK score validity period is fairly short to ensure schools have accurate and current information about your Chinese skills.
How to Register for the HSK Test in Beijing
The registration process for the HSK tests is simple and straightforward. Follow our guide here if you are not sure how to register for the HSK test in Beijing.
HSK Test Preparation in Beijing
Now that you know what HSK is used for and what it tests, we’ll cover a few tips for you to do well on the test. Even if your Chinese skills are well above average, it’s a good idea to incorporate a few tips and strategies into your studying and test-taking. That way you can bring your “A” game on test day.
So let’s go through a few HSK tips.
#1: Determine What HSK Level You Need to Take
If you’re taking the HSK test to attend a university in China, make sure you know the exact HSK level requirement for each school you are applying to. Most universities in China require their applicants to pass HSK5 for admission to degree programs, but some may want a little more or less. They might also waive the requirement if you meet other criteria.
First, make a list of all the Chinese universities to which you want to apply. Next, go directly to their websites or Google “[school name] + international admissions.”
Almost always, the first link that pops up will be the page you’re looking for. Here, you can check to see their HSK level/score requirements and other policies. If the school doesn’t say them clearly on the admissions page, then contact the school’s admissions office directly. After all, you don’t want to study and pay for a test if your school of choice won’t accept it!
If you’re taking the HSK test for employment purposes, you might want to skip the low-level HSK tests (1-3) and aim for higher levels (4-6). For the certificate to work, it’s common to aim for the highest levels: Level 5 or 6.
Well, if you simply want to assess your Chinese skills in a formal setting and have some time to spare, you are free to take whatever level test and as many times as you like. But you might want to take a free practice test first to find your current level (and save money!)
#2: Take HSK Practice Tests
To get a better idea of your current HSK level and how much you’ll need to study for the HSK test, it’ll be smart to take some practice tests. That way, you can see where your current areas of strength and weakness are and see how the test works before you take the official HSK.
We’ve created quite a few HSK practice tests (for all six levels) on our website using real questions from past HSK exams. You can click here to try them out online or download and print out the paper version. They require no registration and are completely free.
Best Books to Help Prepare for the HSK Test
-Official Examination Papers of HSK (2018 Version)
This book series is published by People’s Education Press and is available at all 6 HSK levels. Each book consists of five retired HSK tests at the respective level, accompanied by an audio CD for the listening section and detailed answers.
Book name in Chinese: 汉语水平考试真题集(2018版)
Price: 45.00-85.00 RMB depending on the level
–HSK Simulation Tests (2nd Edition)
This book series published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press contains 10 mock tests with realistic questions at each level. The books come complete with an audio CD and answers.
Book name in Chinese: 汉语水平考试模拟试题集(第2版)
Price: 32.00-65.00 RMB depending on the level
Bookstores in Beijing for Buying HSK Books (and other Chinese language learning books)
- Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore
A mainstay for foreigners in Beijing for many years. It has a large collection of books on Chinese language.
Address: No 235 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
Open hours: 9:30-22:00 daily
- Wangfujing Bookstore
The best-known bookstore in Beijing. You can find many books for learning Chinese on the 2nd floor.
Address: No 218 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District
Open hours: 9:30-22:00 daily
Once you’ve got a practice test and are ready to take it, try to recreate a real testing environment as closely as possible: find a slightly noisy place to take your test in (this is important since the keyboard hit sound can get quite loud in the computer-based test, and in some test centers, paper-based tests and computer-based tests take place in the same testing room), and time yourself using official time limits.
#3: Make a Weekly HSK Study Plan
Look at your daily and weekly schedules and see how many hours a week you can spend studying for the HSK. Even if your HSK date isn’t for several months, you’ll still want to try to budget at least 4-6 hours of studying Mandarin each week.
Studying Mandarin doesn’t always have to mean textbooks and grammar drills. If you don’t use much Mandarin in your daily life, then start incorporating the language into your daily routine bit by bit.
Watch TV shows, movies, YouTube videos in Mandarin. Read news articles, magazines, books, or blogs in Mandarin. See if you can find someone with whom you can practice speaking Mandarin. They are just as important as sitting down and studying grammar and vocabulary.
Learning and retaining a language happens over time, and you can’t really cram for it or just study for one or two hours a week. It’s a good rule of thumb to study at least one hour each day, five days per week.
#4: Attend an HSK Preparation Course
If you find it challenging to study for the HSK on your own, why not take an HSK preparation course in Beijing? A good teacher familiar with the HSK structure can save you considerable time and effort. You will learn the exact grammar structures, vocabulary and sentence patterns you need to put you in great shape going into your HSK Test.
Best HSK Preparation Courses in Beijing
A few institutions in Beijing run the special HSK preparation course, and here are our top picks:
MandarinRocks is an award-winning Mandarin school in Beijing. Their HSK Preparation Course has a solid, successful history (95% of the students have passed the HSK exam after the course) and is of great value.
Cost: 170-210CNY/hour for 1-1 tutoring depending on how many hours you sign up
2. LTL School
Another well established Mandarin school in Beijing. Their HSK classes are taught by experienced teachers who know exactly the tools you need to pass your HSK Exam.
Cost: 185-260CNY/hour for 1-1 tutoring depending on how many hours you sign up
3. That’s Mandarin
That’s Mandarin has established a strong reputation in the field of teaching Chinese as a second language. They offer HSK preparation course at their school downtown and on their online learning platform Mandarin Café.
Cost: 168-350CNY/hour for 1-1 tutoring depending on how many hours you sign up
#5: Relax on the Test Day
The HSK is a test but it’s not the be-all and end-all. If you’re relaxed, you will be far more likely to do well, and if you fail, you can always retake the test after more study.
One of the best ways to help yourself relax is to make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before, eat a good breakfast, arrive at the test center at least half an hour before the test and make sure you study enough past papers to let you know what to expect. Being familiar with the structure, timing and content of the test will help to put you at ease.
Also, drink enough water before and during your test to stay hydrated, so you won’t feel weary and lose your concentration.
Recap: Taking the HSK Test in Beijing
The HSK is the world’s most popular Mandarin proficiency test. Any non-native Chinese speakers can take the HSK test if they’re interested in assessing their Chinese language competence. An HSK certificate can greatly boost your academic and career potential.
It’s easy to take the HSK test in Beijing with 41 authorized test centers in the city and 14 test dates a year. You can choose to take an HSK test from 6 existing levels (HSK1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) and 2 formats (internet-based, paper-based), and can take the test as many times as you want to. The HSK certificate has permanent validity (if you’re taking the HSK as part of a school application, then the scores are valid for two years).
To pass the HSK, you need to accurately determine your level, take some practice tests, make a study plan, stick to it, study hard, relax on the test day and let your instincts flow. If needed, you can take an HSK preparation course in Beijing to help you ace the test.