Chinese Language Tests

The Chinese Language Proficiency Test (known by its Chinese acronym, HSK), is administered by the Chinese Testing International Co., Ltd. Associated with the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban). It is the People’s Republic of China’s official language proficiency test and offers six levels of proficiency. HSKK is the HSK Speaking Test, and has three levels of proficiency.

The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage non-native speakers of Chinese enrolled in primary and secondary schools to study Mandarin and improve their Chinese language proficiency. This test is specially tailored to meet the needs of children and young adults. It has four levels of proficiency.
The YCT Speaking Test is not provided by USF this year.

Outstanding performance on the HSK and HSKK or YCT tests has a number of significant benefits. Students with high scores at basic levels may apply for a Chinese language summer camp scholarship. Additionally, HSK scores are essential for any student (whose native language is not Chinese) to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarships to study in Chinese universities for one semester or one academic year, or even for graduate degrees. Requirements vary depending on the course of study. Finally, having a Hanban issued certificate is an excellent way to prove one’s Chinese language skills to potential universities or employers.

2018 Test Schedule

HSK and HSKK Tests


YCT Test


February 11th

January 15th

March 24th

February 25th

October 14th

September 17th

November 17th

October 21st

*Completed registrations and payments must be received by the deadline.

Testing Fees

HSK Test

Level 1: $20                   Level 2: $30
Level 3: $40                   Level 4: $50
Level 5: $60                   Level 6: $70


Beginner: $20        Intermediate: $30        Advanced: $40

YCT Test

Level 1: $10                   Level 2: $15
Level 3: $20                   Level 4: $25

Registration and Payment

To register for the HSK, HSKK or YCT, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete the online HSK/HSKK//YCT Registration and Payment Form. (Note: Only online payments can be accepted by USF. There is no refund after registration.)
  2. For those registering for the speaking tests (HSKK), attach a digital portrait photo and a valid ID (specified below) and email them to
    • Digital photo: Size 2” x 2” or smaller. Preferred size is 1.6” x 1.2”.
    • Valid photo ID: A photocopy of a current government issued ID (passport/driver’s license) or school ID. The same photo ID must be brought to the testing location on testing date.


You will be notified by email after your completed registration and payment are received. You will receive an official Test Admission Ticket by mail/email or through your Chinese language teacher. You must bring your valid photo ID and the Test Admission Ticket on the testing date.

All tests will be administered by the USF Confucius Institute staff, with support from local partners and teachers. (Test takers should arrive at least 15 minutes before the starting time). Specifically,

  • HSK and HSKK tests will start at 12:30pm and be administered at the physical address below;
  • The two YCT tests: March 24th test starting at 11:00am at Pine View School (1 Python Path, Osprey, FL 34229); and the November 17th test starting at 11:00am at Lake Highland Prep School  in Orlando (901 Highland Ave, Orlando, FL 32803).

Physical Address:

Confucius Institute
Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions
CGS 225
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620

Mailing Address:

Confucius Institute
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., CGS101
Tampa, FL 33620

If you have questions, please contact us at

For more information about HSK, HSKK, and YCT, visit


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