HSK and HSKK Exam 2020

HSK is a globally run standardised test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. Whether to ensure eligibility for scholarships to study in China, to gain an advantage in the job market or a related academic field an HSK pass will serve you.  And of course, for many adult learners, an exam is a great motivator for learning!

Our Institute usually offers opportunities for candidates to sit the HSK and HSKK (oral) exams in March, May, December each year. However, due to the continuing pandemic, we are not able to run our usual HSK and HSKK exams in 2020.

Working with the Chinese Testing Centre (CTI), we are delighted to announce that our Institute will offer opportunities for interested candidates to sit online HSK Home Exams on 12 December 2020. 

Please visit our Online HSK (Home Edition) Exams page for details. The registration deadline is Wednesday, 25 November 2020.

Introduction to HSK

Please view this short video to learn more about this global exam and read on for detailed information on the various levels and FAQs.

If you are interested in working or studying in China or in applying for a Confucius Institute Scholarship in the future, then HSK, the Chinese Proficiency Certificate, is of interest to you.


A comprehensive guide to your HSK and HSKK exams at the Confucius Institute for Scotland.


HSK Levels 1-6 Explained

HSK is conducted at six levels running from 1-6. Please see the detailed information sheet outlining the examination standard for each level.

HSKK Levels

HSKK Levels Basic-Advanced Explained

HSK Speaking Test (HSKK) assesses the test takers’ oral Chinese abilities. HSKK consists of three levels, HSKK (Beginner level), HSKK (Intermediate level) and HSKK (Advanced level). HSKK is conducted in a format of audio recording. Please see detailed information for each HSKK level.


We are introducing a new simple 2-step online registration procedure for HSK and HSKK exam candidates to register for HSK and HSKK exams.

Step One: Register your exams at Chinese Testing International website

Please follow this HSK and HSKK Registration Guide and register your exams accordingly.

Step Two: Make exam payments via the University of Edinburgh’s ePay website.

Note: If you are not able to collect your admission ticket and exam report in person from the Institute, please select HSK and HSKK (including P&P) option at the payment step. (Not applicable to home edition exams)