We know that 2020 has not gone according to plan. When we first wrote this blog, we had no inkling of what was in store for the world. No one could have predicted what this year would hold for us.
The HSK exams for the early months of 2020 were thrown into a chaotic mess, and now that the pandemic is under control in China, in-person testing centers are opening up again on a case-by-case basis. However, the centers that do offer testing in-person have strict capacity limits and do may not offer all HSK exam levels every month. Before you register, it may be wise to call ahead.
What is the HSK exactly?
The HSK exam, or the 汉语水平考试 Hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì, is the standardized Chinese Level Exam. It is offered by Hanban and is divided into six levels, with Level One being the most basic and Level Six being the most advanced. The exam may be required for entrance to universities, and holding a passing certificate for some of the upper level exams may also be helpful in acquiring work or during the visa application process.
Ok, enough chit-chat. When can I take the HSK in 2020?
Want to know more about the HSK? Here is an introduction to the exam.
I’m in Beijing. Where can I take the HSK in 2020?
There are numerous testing centers in Beijing. After you select your test date and level, you can select the testing center which is most convenient for you. Again, it is probably a good idea to call your testing center of choice, just to double check that exams are being offered in-person and that your level will be available on your preferred testing date.
Need guidance on registering? If you are a Culture Yard student, contact the office for assistance. If you prefer to handle your HSK exam registration yourself, check out “How to Sign Up for the HSK".
I’m abroad. Where can I take the HSK in 2020?
If you are one of the many people outside of China who would like to take the HSK in 2020, there are options for you as well. During registration, you can select your country and the testing center closest to you. Online options for remote HSK exams may be available as well.
How much does the exam cost?
The cost of taking the HSK depends on which level you sign up for. Here is a chart to help you out:
If you plan to take the HSK on any of these 2020 dates, you can register for your exam on the Hanban website. And like we said above, call your HSK test center to confirm availability!
We wish you all the best of luck!