HSK and HSKK Exam 2021

The HSK is a globally run standardised test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. Whether you are seeking to ensure eligibility for scholarships to study in China or to gain an advantage in the job market or a related academic field, an HSK pass will serve you well.  Of course, many learners also simply find an exam to be an excellent source of motivation!

Working with the Chinese Testing Centre (CTI), we are delighted to announce that our Institute will continue to offer opportunities for interested candidates to sit Online HSK (Home Edition) Exams in 2021. The next home edition exam will take place on Saturday, 11 December, 2021

Please visit our Online HSK (Home Edition) Exams page for more details. The registration deadline is Friday, 26 November, 2021

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: HSK Online (Home Edition) Exams make Admission tickets and exam reports available through the candidate’s own CTI account. If you have any issues retrieving your admission ticket or accessing the pdf version of your exam report, please contact our exams team directly on info@confuciusinstitute.ac.uk.