Find out the HSK Exam Dates for 2021

January 04, 2021

New year, new HSK exam dates! We finally made it to 2021...

Whether you have decided to tackle Chinese as a new year resolution or a lockdown resolution - This is where to start!

It's no secret that deadlines help you focus and snap you into gear, your HSK is within reach!

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 help acquire work or during the visa application process.

So, let's get to it! When can I take the HSK in 2021?

A couple of things to keep in mind...

You can sit the exam on paper or a computer. The computer-based exams are still done at a testing centre.

Exam dates are only on the weekends.

The exams listed here does not test your speaking - that is the HSKK, please message us if you are interested in the HSKK.

HSK Paper Exam Dates 2021

HSK Computer-based Exam Dates 2021

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 2021?

There are numerous testing centres in Beijing. After you select your test date and level, you can select the testing centre, which is most convenient for you. Again, it is probably a good idea to call your testing centre of choice, just to double-check that it is available.

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 2021?

If you are one of the many people outside of China who would like to take the HSK in 2021, 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.

Here is a guide published by Hanban regarding at-home HSK exams.

Is this the 'new' HSK exam?

No, these exams are still the same ones that we've had previously. In 2019, the exam board announced some changes to the HSK exam, but those exams are not officially implemented yet.

Here is some information about the 'new style' HSK

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:

taking the HSK: prices

Want more info on preparing for and taking the HSK? We have all the information you need if you are planning to take HSK 1-4 and HSK 5-6.

If you plan to take the HSK on any of these 2021 dates, you can register for your exam on the Hanban website. And like we said above, call your HSK test center to confirm availability!

How can I prepare for the HSK?

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We wish you all the best of luck! 加油!