Online HSK (Home Edition) Exams 12 December 2020

The Confucius Institute for Scotland is offering interested candidates new opportunities to take the HSK Chinese language proficiency exams online at home. The Online HSK (Home Edition) Exams will take place on 12 December 2020. If you are interested in sitting this exam, please read the following instructions carefully and register for the exam by Wednesday, 25 November 2020.

Pre-registration Checklist 

1/ Please confirm that you will sit this exam from a UK address – candidates outside of the UK unfortunately cannot sit this exam with our test centre.

2/ Please confirm that the PC or laptop you will use for your exam(s) has a Windows (7/10) operating system. The exam software cannot run on Apple OS or IOS devices.

3/ Please check that the display resolution of your screen is at least1440x900 (you can find the setting in “Display settings” on your computer).

4/ You must have a camera with your PC or laptop which would pass the camera test (see item 6)

5/ Please download “HSKClient” programme from CTI home exams download centre:

After downloading the file, unzip the file and run “ExamClient.exe”. If the application file fails to open, please download and install the client dependency file from the above link, and try again.

6/ Run the ExamClient programme to test your camera, headphones and internet speed. The online exams require stable high-speed internet connections. The minimum internet speed requirement is 150KB/s. The ExamClient programme checks internet speed automatically. You can quit the programme by selecting the on/off button at bottom right of the page and entering password “quit”.

7/ During the online exam, you need a second device with a camera and internet connection (e.g. a mobile phone) to provide another angle for the exam invigilators. Please download the Zoom and Teams apps on your device before the exam.

Exam Registration 

If you have met all seven requirements above, you can now proceed to the registration stage of your exam. Please follow the 2-stage registration and payment process to register your chosen level(s).

Step One: Register your exams at the Chinese Testing International (CTI) website directly. Please follow this step-by-step HSK Registration Guide to make your registration. Although exams on 12 December 2020 at our test centre are shown as “paper-based” exams in the CTI website at your registration, the exams will be run remotely on the day and you will take the exams at home. 

Step Two: Pay the exam fee via the University of Edinburgh’s ePay website.

Online HSK (Home Edition) Exams workshop

Due to the new format of the exam and the specific exam requirements on the day, our Institute is inviting registered exam candidates to join an online HSK (Home Edition) exam workshop one week before the exam date. Details of the workshop will be available after the exam registration deadline (25 November 2020).

If you have any questions regarding the Online HSK (Home Edition) Exam, please contact the Confucius Institute for Scotland exams team ( for assistance.