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What Is The HSK & Why You Should Take It

What Is The HSK?

The HSK, officially short for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试), is an internationalized standard test for non-native Chinese speakers to assess the Mandarin they use in their daily, academic, and professional lives. The test is administered by Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The HSK consists of six levels: HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). As the level increases, the amount of vocabulary, characters, and difficulty increase as well.

Why Should I Take The HSK?

There are several merits to taking the HSK that go beyond basic assessment. Of course, earning an HSK certificate provides proof of Mandarin proficiency, however, it could act as an even bigger catalyst and pave new paths in your career and academic goals.

Almost all universities and colleges in China require non-Chinese students to submit HSK scores as part of the admissions process. Those aspiring to study in China will be able to utilize the HSK as a marker for their Mandarin proficiency. Therefore, an HSK certificate will mean roads to scholarships, grants, and participation in even bigger academic research programs for the future!

The HSK is not only relevant to academics, but also to job hunting. Proficiency in another language is always an added plus to finding a job, especially international jobs. Not only would holding an HSK certificate prove itself to be a leg up in the competition, you could become the lead mediator for important international business conferences and meetings!

How Do I Study For The HSK?

Manhattan Mandarin offers private lessons specifically for students, adults, and businessmen and women who are looking to test for the HSK. Anyone who is interested can find links including additional information regarding those lessons and our team of teachers below.


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