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The Confucius Institute

Language testing

This programme:
● Develops National Chinese Language Proficiency Standards and promotes their international application and adoption; 
● Works on international Chinese test syllabi, develops and implements a series of HSK, HSKK, YCT etc; and
● Accredits Chinese language tests offered by other countries or regions.

The HSK examines the ability of non-native speakers to communicate in Chinese in their daily life, study and work in accordance to the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the HSK Test Syllabi. The Test consists of six levels, serving as a prerequisite for foreign students to study in China and to apply for scholarships; for foreigners to work in China, apply for permanent residence, immigration, etc. It is also widely used by multinational enterprises as a key basis for recruitment and promotion.

Specialized Chinese Proficiency Tests

This program provides authoritative specialized Chinese proficiency tests, the integrated consultation on teaching, learning and examination, standardized test service and supporting courses for such tests.

● HSK Speaking Test (HSKK)
HSKK assesses the test takers' oral Chinese abilities. It consists of three levels: HSKK (Beginner Level), HSKK (Intermediate Level) and HSKK (Advanced Level). HSKK is conducted in the form of audio recording.

● Youth Chinese Test (YCT)
YCT assesses non-native primary and middle school students' ability to use Chinese in their daily lives. YCT consists of a written test and an oral test, which are independent to each other. The written test consists of four levels, and the speaking test consists of two levels.

The Southampton Confucius Institute is proud to be one of the official HSK test centres in the UK authorised by the HSK Department (, The Center for Language Education and Cooperation. and The Chinese International Education Foundation.

We gained our registered test status April 2012.  We administer the following standard tests:  HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test ) - 汉语水平考试

Since April 2020, the online Chinese Test (Home Edition) is available to take online (Home Edition).

Test levels:
YCT1 to YCT4
HSK1 to HSK6
HSKK (basic / intermediate / advanced)

Dates and registration deadlines:

Please click here for the list of 2023 tests, paper based.

These will be 2 additional test dates for the online (home-edition) versions,  in 2023: 11 March 2023 and 20 May 2023.  Please click here for details on those 2 additional test dates, English version,  and here for the version in Chinese. 

Please click here for the list of 2024 tests, paper based and oral based.

The schedule of online tests (home edition) will be announced later.

Technical requirements to take the online tests:
Please refer to the Notice 2022

Please complete the relevant registration form: YCT registration form or  HSK HSKK registration form, and email it with the requested documents to:


Please note that as from January 2022 a new price structure has been put in place and HSK Home edition tests (online) incur a 30% surcharge. 

For all YCT, HSK and HSKK tests , payment is online via the University of Southampton Online Store.  Please note that an enrolment fee applies for each test and fees are non-refundable. "Groups" refer to a minimum of 5 Candidates.

For YCT, please follow this link. For HSK, please follow this link  For HSKK, please follow this link.  If you are unable to pay online, please email the Confucius Institute.

For all other information, please refer to the HSK fact sheet (En) or HSK fact sheet (CN) and registration forms. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to email us at 

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