Studying Chinese? Everything You Need to Know About Signing Up for the HSK
Part II in our series “Everything You Need to Know About the HSK”.
If you’re studying Chinese in Beijing, you’ve probably heard about the HSK. Find out everything you want to know and things you may never have thought to ask about the exam.
Chapter 1 How do I sign up for the HSK?
Chapter 2 When do I get my admission ticket?
Chapter 3 I made a mistake! Can I change my information?
Chapter 4 What does the test cover?
Chapter 5 What do I bring on testing day?
Chapter 6 When can I check my grade?
Chapter 7 How do I check my grade?
Chapter 8 How long are the test results valid?
How do I sign up for the HSK?Step 1: Use Internet Explorer-Firefox and Chrome do not work with the payment system. Go to chinesetest.cn and create an account with your email address.
The website is also offered in six other languages.
Step 2: Once you have your account set up and are logged in, click on “Register Now” on the landing page or “Test Registration” in the top menu.
Step 3: Choose your test. “Chinese Proficiency” is the regular HSK. Then, select the level you wish to take.
Step 4: Fill out your location information and select your test center. (The options for this part are only in Chinese, so if your Chinese is still a work in progress, you may want a Chinese-speaking friend to help you.)
Step 5: Next, fill out your personal information. Just a little longer now- you are almost finished! You'll be back to studying Chinese in no time.
Step 6: Upload a photo of your beautiful self.
First, click “Select photo”.When you are sure the listed requirements are met, scroll down and click “Next Step”.
Second, click “Cutting”. Crop your photo.
Third, click “Complete”.
Step 7: On the confirmation page, make sure all your information is correct.
This is very important for testing day!
If it all looks good, confirm your registration. You should get an email confirmation.
Step 8: Time to pay. Tip: use Internet Explorer!
(Be warned, this part is all in Chinese.)
Again, if your Chinese is still developing, you may want to enlist the help of a Chinese-speaking friend.
Once payment is complete, a confirmation screen will appear. You will not receive a confirmation email.
That’s it—you’re all done!
When do I get my admission ticket?You will receive your admission ticket via email. Usually, you get the email the Monday before your test date.
I made a mistake! Can I change my information?Before you pay the registration fee, you can change the test center/level, edit your personal information, or cancel the test altogether.
Once you have paid the registration fee, you cannot edit personal info or change the test center or level.
However, you can change the test date ONCE up to 10 days before the exam:
27+ days until exam: free
10-27 days (inclusive) until exam: 30% of test fee will be charged
Less than 10 days until exam: no changes can be made
What does the test cover?Both the paper-based and computer-based tests are split into sections: listening reading, and writing (levels 3 and up).
What do I bring on testing day?If you are taking the paper-based test, bring pencils and an eraser, your admission ticket, and your passport.
If you are taking the computer-based test, bring your admission ticket and your passport.
You are not allowed to have anything on the table with you—not even a water bottle.
When can I check my grade?Grades become available online one month after the test date.
If you want a physical certificate, printed official test score reports will be available at the test center about 2 months after the test date.
You can get the report by presenting your passport and admission ticket at the test center.
How do I check my grade?Go to chinesetest.cn and enquire.
Not sure what your Ticket Number is? Go to your Personal Information Center.
The ticket number is the Test Entry Card Number.
Remember: the most important thing is that you pass. The exact grade does not carry as much weight.
How long are the test results valid?Test results are valid for two (2) years from your test date. In this case, “valid” means you can use the score as part of an application to Chinese universities and colleges. Beyond two years, you will need to retest as your level may have changed.
Congrats: you know everything there is to know about signing up for the HSK! Now go hit the books and keep studying Chinese 😉
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