- Can I take the HSK Online?
There are two different HSK exams, a computer and a paper based one.
The questions are the same, but in one version you use a computer to answer the questions and in the other you do so on paper. However both exams, including the computer based HSK, you will have to take the exam at a dedicated HSK test center.
It is not possible to take the official HSK online.
- Is there an oral HSK exam?
Your spoken Mandarin abilities are not examined during an HSK exam.
However, there is a specialised oral HSK exam, called HSKK.
The HSKK or Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi 汉语水平口语考试 has three levels ranging from Beginner to Advanced. Our online HSK exam courses of course can prepare you for both the HSK and the HSKK depending on which one you want to take.
- How does the HSK work?
The HSK is the official Chinese language exam administered by the Chinese Ministry of Education and Hanban.
It is world-wide recognized as the standard frame of reference to test a non-native speaker’s Mandarin ability. It is administered once a month by Hanban 汉办 which is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education.
- Are all HSK levels the same?
Supposedly they are, but in reality that is not how it works.
To get from HSK 2 to HSK 3 for example is easier and faster than from HSK 4 to HSK 5. Why the exam was designed this way is anybody’s guess, however that is how it works. This also means that with our online HSK packages you might actually achieve a new level faster for the lower HSK levels but might need some extra tuition to pass the higher ones.
- Is there an old HSK exam?
Yes, there used to be a different HSK exam.
Originally the HSK was administered by the Beijing Language and Culture University or BLCU and had 13 levels. However, the exam was taken over by the Ministry of Education and re-designed to only include six levels that now roughly follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages from A1 to C2.
- Does the HSK require handwriting?
You are not required to write any characters for HSK 1 and 2.
HSK 3 includes a small writing section and for HSK 4 to 6 you will have to write longer essays in Mandarin. For the computerized test you will be able to use a computer to type, so no hand writing is required. For the paper test above level 2 handwriting is required.
- Is there an HSK exam in Taiwan?
There is no HSK exam in Taiwan.
In Taiwan instead the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is offered, with a total of eight levels.
LTL also offers online preparation courses for the TOCFL via our Mandarin School in Taipei. Please contact us for details.
- Am I guaranteed to pass the HSK?
We of course cannot guarantee anyone that they will pass the test.
However, as long as you follow the HSK study program we designed for you, attend your classes, do your homework and pay attention to what your teacher says, you have a very high chance of passing it.
On average LTL online HSK course students have an HSK exam pass rate of 95%.
- What do I need to I need to join?
An internet enabled device and a working internet connection is the minimum needed to join our online classes.
However for the fastest learning progress we recommend using a PC, webcam and microphone.
A stable WIFI or data connection is also important. In many ways an online class works just like a normal face to face class. Make sure you are in a quiet environment, arrive on time for class and ensure you will not get distracted by phone calls, visiting friends or your favorite pet.
Putting on some decent clothing and sitting on a proper table with a comfortable chair are also a good ideas.
- Which parts does the HSK consist of?
Depending on the level the HSK contains different parts.
All HSK exams include a listening, reading and grammar section.
There are no essay writing sections for HSK 1 and 2. There is a small writing section for HSK 3 and for HSK 4-6 you will have to write longer texts in Chinese characters.