Chinese Language Tests

The Chinese Language Proficiency Test (known by its Chinese acronym, HSK), is administered by 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.

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.

Outstanding performance on the HSK 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. 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 and employers.

2014 Test Schedule

HSK Test


YCT Test


March 16th

February 17th

March 22nd

February 23rd

October 11th

September 14th

November 15th

October 19th

*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

YCT Test

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

Registration and Payment

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

  1. Complete the online HSK/YCT Registration and Payment Form. (Note: Only online payments can be accepted by USF. There is no refund after registration.)
  2. With the completed Registration Form, 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 or through your Chinese language teacher. You must bring your valid photo ID and the Test Admission Ticket on the testing date.

Unless otherwise notified, all 2014 tests are administered by the USF Confucius Institute staff at the physical address below. If the test is scheduled for a Saturday, it will start at 10:00am; if it is scheduled for a Sunday, it will start at 1:00pm.

Physical Address:

Confucius Institute
Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solutions
CGS 235B
4202 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33620-5550

Mailing Address:

Confucius Institute
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave., CGS101
Tampa, FL 33620-5550

If you have questions, please contact us at

For more information about HSK and YCT, visit


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