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The University of Southampton
The Confucius Institute

Language testing

This program:
● 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 now made available to take online, at home.

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


2021 and 2022 tests dates and registration deadlines:

Test category (online test at home)Test dateRegistration deadline
HSK 25 Sep 2021
11 Sep 2021
HSK Oral Test 30 Oct 2021
16Oct 2021
YCT 11 Dec 2021
25 Nov 2021
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 15 Feb 2022 8 Dec 2021
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 26 Apr 2022  26 Feb 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 16 May 2022 9 March 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 14 June 2022 14 April 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test 12 July 2022 12 May 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 16 Aug 2022 16 June 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test 21 Sept 2022  21 July 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test 24 Oct 2022  17 Aug 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 16 Nov 2022 16 Sept 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test 19 Dec 2022 19 Oct 2022
HSK&HSKK - Written Test & Oral Test 4 Jan 2023 4 Nov 2022
YCT - Written Test 13 Mar 2022 13 Jan 2022
YCT - Written Test 26 Apr 2022 26 Feb 2022
YCT - Written Test & Oral Test 14 June 2022 14 Apr 2022
YCT - Written Test 20 Sept 2022 20 July 2022
YCT - Written Test 22 Nov 2022 22 Sept 2022
YCT - Written Test & Oral Test 12 Dec 2022  12 Oct 2022


Technical requirements to take the online tests:
Please refer to the Additional Notice 2021 (see Useful Downloads below).

Please complete the relevant registration form (see Useful Downloads below), and email it with the requested documents to:

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 and registration forms in Useful Downloads below.  If you have any queries, do not hesitate to email us at 

Useful Downloads

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