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Announcement: The first HSK test will be held on December 6, 2020

Attend the test in our test center

Exam date: December 6, 2020
Exam format: Online (Computer-based)
Location: 156-1483 Pembina HWY Winnipeg, MB. Canada R3T 2C6
Registration deadline: November 26, 2020
Test levels: HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

HSK Test fees:

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the capacity of the test center is limited as we will follow the COVID-19 guideline of Manitoba Provincial Government. The test seat will be provided on a “first come, first serve” basis. If the test has to be canceled due to COVID-19 or any other unforeseen reasons, we will contact you to discuss the follow-up arrangements.

Attend the test at home

Due to the current COVID 19 pandemic situations, we are also authorized to conduct HSK online test at your home. However, you must meet the specific requirements regarding equipment and environment.

Exam date: December 12, 2020
Exam format: Online (Computer-based Home Edition)
Location: Home
Registration deadline: November 27, 2020
Test levels: HSK 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
HSK Test fees:

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

You must meet the following requirements:
1. Necessarily access to a computer with required software and internet access.
2. Necessarily access to a room that meets all requirements of the test.
3. Adherence to testing rules of Online Chinese Test (Home Edition).

 

Equipment and Environment Requirements

  1. Before registering for the exam, please confirm that your computer, software configuration, network and room meet test requirements:
  • Computer: Windows (7/8/10) operating system, recommended screen resolution setting is 1440*900 and above (the minimum setting is 1366*768 and above)
  • Software: Download and install the client software of Online Chinese Test (Home Edition) https://test.chinesetest.cn:36165/client.html
  • Network: Internet speed 100KB / s and above.
  • Camera: HD camera (more than 300,000 pixels) on your computer. The room should also be well-lit and the camera unobstructed. You also need a cell phone with HD camera and download Google Meet on your phone.
  • Headphones: clear with good sound insulation.

 

  1. Examination environment: The test should be taken in a safe and closed room with no disturbances. It is forbidden to take the test in public areas such as parks, internet cafes, restaurants, etc. Computers and keyboards must be placed on a desk or table. No one else is allowed to enter or leave the room during the test. There must not be any prohibited items in the testing room.

 

If you have any question about the above HSK tests, please email hsk@maintobachinesestudies.com or call 204-599-6227.

HSK stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试), translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test used in China. It is the standardized test of Mandarin Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as foreign students and overseas Chinese. Refer to the official website for more information: view Chinesetest official website

Manitoba Academy of Chinse Studies is recently authorized as an HSK test center and will provide HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test), YCT (Youth Chinese Test), BCT (Business Chinese Test), and HSKK (HSK Speaking Test) to youth and adults.

We also offer a choice of paper based or internet-based test services. The internet-based test services by MACS is the unique in Manitoba, which can serve up to 40 people at the same time.

Please email us at hsk@manitobachinesestudies.com or call at 204-599-6227 if you have questions.

The HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

Test Structure

The new HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The new HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK (beginner level), HSK (intermediate level), and HSK (advanced level). During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

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Test Levels

The different levels of the new HSK are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

 

Test Principles

The new HSK follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”, bases the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbooks. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

The new HSK emphasizes the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluation and stresses the learners’ actual Chinese language abilities.

The new HSK sets clear test objectives to allow the test takers to be able to improve their Chinese language abilities in a systematic and efficient way.

Testing Purposes

The new HSK retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

  1. A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and giving students academic credits.
  2. A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.
  3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

Results Certificate

Test takers will receive the results for the new HSK issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

The new YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has organized experts from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to understand the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teaching and learning.

Test Structure

The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young foreign students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into four levels, namely, the YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The speaking test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level).

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Test Levels

The different levels of the new YCT are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

 

New HSK New YCT Vocabulary CLPS CEF
HSK (lever VI) Over 5000 lever V C2
HSK (lever V) 2500 lever V C1
HSK (lever IV) 1200 lever IV B2
HSK (lever III) YCT (lever IV) 600 lever III B1
HSK (lever II) YCT (lever III) 300 lever II A2
HSK (lever I) YCT (lever II) 150 lever I A1
YCT (lever I) 80

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level I) can understand and use some of the most common Chinese phrases and sentences and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level II) can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level III), having reached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level IV) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. When travelling in China, they can manage most forms of communication in Chinese.

 

Test Principles

The new YCT aims to improve Chinese language learners’ self-confidence and follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”. It bases the design of the test on current trends in international Chinese language training and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

 

Test Purposes

The YCT is intended for students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. The results of the test can serve various purposes:

  1. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  2. A reference for Chinese language training in schools.
  3. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.
  4. A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

 

Results Certificate

Test takers will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

 

The BCT, as an international, standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, focuses on assessing non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities to use the Chinese language in real business or common working environments.

 

The BCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into two levels, namely, the BCT (A), and the BCT (B). The different levels of the BCT can meet some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF), as well as HSK and YCT levels; details are as follows:

 

HSK YCT bcy Vocabulary CLPS CEF
HSK (lever VI) BCT (B) Over 5000 lever V C2
HSK (lever V) BCT (B) 2500 lever V C1
HSK (lever IV) BCT (B) 1200 lever IV B2
HSK (lever III) YCT (lever IV) BCT (A) 600 lever III B1
HSK (lever II) YCT (lever III) BCT (A) 300 lever II A2
HSK (lever I) YCT (lever II) BCT (A) 150 lever I A1
YCT (lever I) 80

Capability Description

Test takers who are able to pass the BCT (A) can understand and use the Chinese language to accomplish the tasks of daily communication and basic business communication.

Test takers who are able to pass the BCT (B) can understand and use the Chinese language to complete more complex business communication tasks.

Test takers who took the BCT (Oral), can understand and use the Chinese language to complete kinds of different business communication tasks, and therefore their language competence can be divided into five proficiency levels.

Test Principles

Promote learning through examination: encourage Chinese language learners’ interest and confidence, and further broaden the scope of the test in accordance with the actual demands of overseas Business Chinese learners and Chinese speakers in a general working environment.

Promote teaching through examination: provide teachers and self-learners with graded, task-based teaching resources and suggestions related to business Chinese, and help teaching and training institutions systematically and effectively improve business Chinese learners and speakers’ abilities to use the Chinese language in real business or common working environments.

Provide positive feedback for test takers: evaluate test takers’ ability to complete various language tasks by asking them to carry out a series of typical business language tasks and provide positive feedback for Chinese language learners to plan their future studies.

Test Purposes

BCT test results provide reference to following purposes:

1.Provide a basis for employers to assess non-native Chinese speakers’ (candidates) Chinese competence in daily work. Test scores can be used as a reference for employee recruitment, selection, placement and promotion.

  1. Help relevant teaching and training institutions to assess students’ business Chinese proficiency in recruitment, class divisions, and granting credits.
  2. Help learners to improve and evaluate and improve their business Chinese competence.

Results Certificate

Test takers will receive their test results for the BCT issued by Hanban after one month after the test. In the meantime, test takers will be allowed to inquire their scores on website www.chinesetest.cn.