How to Sign Up for the HSK

September 07, 2021

Ready to register for the HSK exam?

This article has the answers you need! Please note you must sign up for your exam through the official government website 2-4 weeks in advance.

  • How do I sign up for the HSK?
  • I made a mistake! Can I change my information?
  • How do I get my admission ticket?
  • What do I bring on testing day?
  • When can I check my grade?
  • How do I check my grade?


  1. How do I sign up for the HSK?

    Step 1: Open Firefox or Chrome. (These browsers are the most compatible. Internet Explorer no longer supports the registration website.)

    Go to and create an account with your email address.

    The website is also offered in six other languages. Select your preferred language at the top of the webpage.

    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.

    The “Chinese” tab is the regular HSK exam. Then, select the level you wish to take.

    Click “Register”.

    Step 4:
     Fill out your location information and select your test center.

    If you are in a region where in-person test centers have not yet reopened, you can select the “At Home” edition. Please note that the availability of the "At Home" exam varies by location. You can contact the local exam center in charge of "At Home" exams if you have any questions.

    Another note: If you are in China, the options for this part are only in Chinese.

    Step 5:
    Next, fill out your personal information.

    You will need to confirm your phone number by clicking the “验证手机” button and clicking “Get Code”. You will receive a code via text message to enter in the field labelled “验证码”. Then click “提交”.

    Just a little longer now— you are almost finished!

    Step 6:  Upload a photo of your beautiful self.

    First, click “Select photo”. Second, click “Cutting”. Crop your photo. Third, click “Complete”.

    Once the listed requirements are met, scroll down and click “Next Step”.

    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.

    Step 8: Time to pay.

    (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.

    WeChat Pay is now an option, which makes the payment process much easier than before.

    Once payment is complete, a confirmation screen will appear.

    That’s it—you’re all done!

    That’s it—you’re all done!


  3. 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

  4. When do I get my admission ticket?

    You can log in to your Personal Information Center to print out the ticket.

    In the menu on the left, select the “Print” option under the “Test Taker Information” section. Then, select “Print (Chinese)”. Finally, click “Print”.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. How do I check my grade?

    Go to 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.

  8. Congrats: you know everything there is to know about signing up for the HSK! Now go hit the books and keep studying Chinese 😉


    Check out our other HSK blogs “What is the HSK“, “What to Expect on HSK 1-4“, and “What to Expect on HSK 5 and 6“.