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1 HSK – Chinese Proficiency Test

1.1 Overview
HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic, and professional lives. HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other.​ 

1.2 Test Application: 汉语考试服务网​/ Chinese Test Service Website (CTSW)                                      
1. Do your application at least six weeks before the test date. 
2. Payment should be received at least 4 weeks before the test date.
3. You must enter your full name as it appears on your ID document. You may not omit or abbreviate any parts of these names.
4. Make sure you upload an ID photo of the head and shoulders (not the full body).
5. Send a copy of your ID documen​t to Title the email HSK + Name + ID + Document
6. Join the WhatsApp group to be informed of the latest developments (venue).

1.3 Payment
1. Payment should be made to SU, not to CTSW.
 ​ Account holder: University of Stellenbosch 
  Bank: Standard Bank
  Account number: 073006955 
  Branch code: 050610
  Swift code : SBZAZAJJ 
  R5533-5597-HSK-your surname
2. Upload your proof of payment here:

1.4 The HSK test
1​. You will be required to present your original ID document on the day of your test.
2. You may only write your test using a 2B pencil
3. You must arrive 30 minutes before the start of the test.
4. HSK exam length varies by level. 
HSK 1 takes 40 minutes 
HSK 2 takes 55 minutes 
HSK 3 takes 90 minutes 
HSK 4 takes 105 minutes
HSK 5 takes 125 minutes​
HSK 6 takes 140 minutes​

1.5 HSK Materials & Preparation
1. CISU has HSK books and provides Chinese lessons.
2.​ HSK training courses exist online and on Coursera.​


The Confucius Institute Scholarship Program was established by Hanban / Confucius Institute Headquarters in order to encourage students and Chinese language teachers all over the world to study Chinese or conduct research on Chinese language and culture in China.​​​

Read more about International Chinese Teacher Scholarship 2022​.​​ ​​​