HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)

Collaborating with the Chinese program in the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and literatures, Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa offers Internet-based HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi).

What is HSK?

HSK is an international standardized Chinese language test to measure the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese in daily lives, academic and working settings. To learn more about HSK, please download the following materials. 

HSK test taker manual in Chinese and English

Chinese test brochure

Internet-based test for test takers(English)

Why take the HSK test?

HSK enables you to test your current language proficiency, help you apply for scholarships of study abroad programs in Chinese and prepare you for your future Chinese study.  For more information, please visit www.cis.chinese.cn 

Students who are interested in the study abroad programs at Yunnan Normal University, please visit the site of School of International Studies at Yunnan Normal University. 

2016 Test schedule

Test date and times: HSK Level 1-6—November 12, 2016

Level 1 13:30 pm- 2:10 pm
Level 2 9:00 am- 9:55 am
Level 3 13:30 pm-15:00 pm
Level 4 9:00 am-10:45 am
Level 5 13:30 pm- 15:35 pm
Level 6 9:00 am-11:20 am

Testing center location: 120 Phillips Hall (Language Media Center), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

Registration procedure:PDF iconRegistration Manual

Deadline to register and pay: Register and pay by November 2 at www.chinesetest.cn.  

Registration Fee: 

levels USD RMB
1 20 150
2 30 250
3 40 350
4 50 450
5 60 550
6 70 650

After you complete the payment transaction, you will be notified via email once your test admission ticket is issued.  Please familiarize yourself with the PDF iconHSK test taker manual before your testing day. On the testing day, please bring your test admission ticket and your valid photo ID and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your test. 

Score report: You will be able to check your score at www.chinesetest.cn 30 days after the testing day.  Your testing score report will be mailed to the Confucius Institute at the University of Iowa approximately 40 days after the testing day. You will be notified when you can pick it up. Please bring your test admission ticket and valid photo ID with you. 

Important update: Starting October 1st, 2015, HSK score is valid for two years. 

Contact: For more information or questions, please email xi-ma@uiowa.edu .