HSK & HSKK


New Chinese Proficiency Test (New HSK)

General Information

Since 2010, the Testing Center at the Confucius Institute – Sofia has introduced the new format of the Chinese Proficiency Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi – HSK). The new HSK was created on the basis of the accumulated experience in the field of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in China and abroad, and in accordance with the modern linguistic theories for testing and evaluating the level of proficiency in the foreign language. In order to give a more complete and comprehensive evaluation of the level of knowledge of the Chinese language, the new HSK test is conducted in two separate forms – written and oral, which are conducted and evaluated independently.
The written exam is suitable for the following categories of students:

 Written test HSK

Duration of Chinese studies Weekly classes Volume vocabulary (words)
Level 6 over 3 years 2-4 classes 5000
Level 5 2 to 3 years 2-4 classes 2500
Level 4 about 2 years 2-4 classes 1200
Level 3 1 to 2 years 2-4 classes 600
Level 2 12 months 2-4 classes 300
Level 1 Up to 6 months 2-4 classes 150

The oral exam HSKK is conducted in three levels – Beginner (初级), Intermediate (中级) and Advanced (高级), and is transmitted for verification in the form of an audio recording.
The oral examination HSKK is suitable for the following categories of students:

 Oral text HSKK

Duration of Chinese studies Weekly classes Volume vocabulary (words)
Advanced Level (高级) over 2 years 2-4 classes 3000
Intermediate Level (中级) 1 to 2 years 2-4 classes 900
Beginner Level(初级) 6 to 12 months 2-4 classes 200

The results of the HSK exam are given to the participants within about a month after taking the exam and the certificates of the relevant levels are issued by Hanban (The Directorate General of the Confucius Institute) (国家汉办 / 孔子 学院总部).

HSK Certificate

The HSK certificates are issued to those who meet the required scores and are valid for two years from the date of the exam.

 

Registration for the HSK Test

The registration process for participation in the HSK exam can be completed online at the following Internet address: http://www.chinesetest.cn, or alternatively, at the Testing Center of the Confucius Institute – Sofia.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1. The number of seats in the examination hall is limited – up to 32 participants for each level.
    2. A minimum of five participants for each level is required in order to conduct the examination.
  2. Only the registration forms, submitted before the registration deadline shall be considered (please refer to the Deadlines and Dates section below for additional information).

 

  • Online registration through the Chinese Test Service Network:
  1. Open the address http://www.chinesetest.cn.
    2. Select the Test Center at the Confucius Institute – Sofia and the corresponding date of examination.
    3. Fill in your personal account information in the fields. Attach electronic photo.
    4. Pay the test fee through a bank transfer to the account, which will be indicated in the invitation for exam participation sent to you by the Test Center at the Confucius Institute – Sofia. (IMPORTANT NOTE: once paid, the fees cannot be returned under any circumstances!)
  2. Send an email with the attached payment order for you bank transfer to cinssofia@gmail.com, after that the Test Center at the Confucius Institute – Sofia shall complete your registration in the system.
    6. After the registration is completed, you can request a message confirming your registration status from http://www.chinesetest.cn. The message can be sent to you by e-mail, in case you had provided a valid e-mail address. If within 10 days before the day of the test you still have not received a confirmation of your registration, then go to http://www.chinesetest.cn and check your registration status, or send an inquiry to cinssofia@gmail.com.
    7. Once your registration has been confirmed, go to the above website and carefully review (or check for errors) your HSK Addmission Ticket (准考证). In case of errors you should immediately notify cinssofia@gmail.com by sending an e-mail. You will receive the printed copy of your HSK Addmission Ticket from the Test Center of the Confucius Institute – Sofia 30 minutes before the exam.

 

  • Registration at the Testing Center of the Confucius Institute – Sofia:
  1. Fill in the application form. It may be copied from this site.
  2. For Levels 4, 5 and 6 of the HSK test, as well as for each of the three levels of the oral exam HSKK a photo is required. For Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the HSK test no photo is required.
  3. Send by e-mail the application form with the attached photo to the Test Center at the Confucius Institute – Sofia at the following address: hsk.test.sofia@gmail.com.

 

Invitation letter for participation in the HSK exam

Once the data is entered into the system, applicants will be invited to participate in the exam and to pay the exam fees through an electronic Invitation letter, sent from the Test Center of the Confucius Institute in Sofia. The Invitation letter will include the relevant account number, together with the necessary instructions for payment. Payment should be made by bank transfer, then the payment order should be sent by email to the Confucius Institute in Sofia. The payment order must contain the names of the candidate taking the exam. (IMPORTANT NOTE: once paid, the fees cannot be returned under any circumstances!)

HSK Addmission Ticket
The document looks like this:

 HSK admission ticket

 The HSK Addmission Ticket is received personally by each participant immediately before the exam and during the verification of the participants, which starts 30 minutes before the appointed time for the HSK test of the relevant level. The HSK Addmission Ticket is the basis on which the participant may be admitted to the examination hall, it contains a 18-digit code, by which the participant is identified in the system. After the exam is taken, the Addmission Ticket serves for checking and receiving the HSK Certificate and Examination Score Record.

 

Preparation for the exam

As the old HSK test, the purpose of the new format of the exam is to determine the participants’ overall knowledge of Chinese. Therefore it is not based on any particular textbook or course, the participants can use all kinds of studying materials in the process of preparation for the HSK test. Candidates are welcome to use the materials available at the library of the Confucius Institute in Sofia, and it is also recommended that they take the online simulation tests (partial or complete), available at: http://www.chinesetest.cn/gosimexam.do and www.hskworkshop.com.

 

Fees

 The fee for participation in the written test HSK and the oral exam HSKK at the Confucius Institute in Sofia is 18 leva for each level.
Participants pay the fees by bank transfer after receiving the Invitation letter for participation. The bank account number, accompanied by instructions will be contained in the Invitation.

On the day of the exam

The participants should come to the library of the Confucius Institute in Sofia 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the relevant test in order to obtain their personal HSK Addmission Tickets. When entering the examination room, the participants should provide their HSK Addmission Tickets (准考证) and a relevant identification document such as passport, ID or a student card. After taking their seats in the examination room, the participants should put their HSK Addmission Tickets in the upper right corner of the table in order to allow the quaestors to check their identity and data at any time during the exam. Since the use of pens during the HSK exam is forbidden, the participants should bring with them pencils 2B to fill in the answer sheets and pencil erasers for corrections. If a participant has not entered correctly his/her personal information in the answer sheets or has not marked his/her answers in the right way with a pencil 2B, his/her examination will be invalid.

 

Certificates and Scores

Upon successful completion of the HSK test, the participants will receive two documents: HSK Certificate and Examination Score Record. If the performance of the test was poor, no certificate shall be issued. The Certificates and Score Records of the participants in the exam will be sent to the Test Center at the Confucius Institute – Sofia from the headquarters in Beijing within 30 days after the examination. The test results are also published at http://www.chinesetest.cn, and can be checked by entering the individual number of the HSK Addmission Ticket and the name of the participant.

Deadlines, dates and place of the examinations

Written test HSK

Date of the examination Deadline for registration and payment of the fee Deadline for announcement of results

24.02.2019

18.01.2019

 
   
     

Oral exam HSKK

Date of the examination Deadline for registration and payment of the fee Deadline for announcement of results

23.03.2019

15.02.2019

 
   

The written exams HSK will be held in the HSK Testing Centre of the Confucius Institute in Sofia, Centre for Eastern Languages and Cultures, 30 auditorium, “Todor Alexandrov” Boul. No. 79, with the following schedule:

Level Date and time
HSK一级   9.00 – 9.40 h
HSK二级  9.45 – 10.40 h
HSK三级  10.55 – 12.25 h
HSK四级 12.40 – 14.25 h
HSK五级 14.40 – 16.45 h
HSK六级 17.00 – 19.20 h

The oral exam HSKK for the three levels will be held at the same address with the following schedule:

 Level Duration Date and time  
Beginner level (初级) 17 min.  9.00 h
Intermediate level (中级) 21 min.  9.35 h
Advanced level (高级) 24 min.  10.10 h

 

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