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HSK Strengthening Class

What is HSK?
The Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì (HSK) (Chinese: 汉语水平考试), translated as the Chinese Proficiency Test or the Chinese Standard Exam, is China's only standardized test of Standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers such as foreign students andoverseas Chinese. It is not uncommon to refer to a standard or level of proficiency by the HSK level number, or score. For example, a job descriptionmight ask for foreign applicants with "HSK5 or better". The test is administered by Hanban, an agency of the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.Background, purpose and use. Development began in 1984 at Beijing Language and Culture University and in 1992 the HSK was officially made a national standardizedtest. By 2005, over 120 countries had participated as regular host sites and the tests had been taken around 100 million times (domestic ethnic minority candidates included). The general count of candidates from outside of China is stated as being around 1.9million. In 2011, Beijing International Chinese College became the first HSK testing center to conduct the HSK test online.

The HSK test approximates the English TOEFL, and an HSK certificate is valid without any limitation in China. The test aims to be acertificate of language proficiency for higher educational and professional purposes.

The HSK is administered solely in Mandarin and in simplified Chinese characters; however, if the exam is paper-based, the test-takercan choose to write the writing assignments in simplified or in traditional characters, to his discretion. The test can be either paper-based or internet-based, depending on what the specific test center offer. With an internet based test the writing part with characters (from HSK 3 on) is slightly easier, since it's only needed to write the pinyin and pick the right character from the keyboard (while in the paper based you have to remember all strokes and write them down).

Test takers with outstanding results can win a scholarship for short-term language study in China. The current format was introduced in 2010, with a philosophy of testing "comprehensive language and communication ability". Most notable is the inclusion of written segments at all levels (not just Advanced, as in the pre-2010 test), reformation of the ranking system, and use of new question structures. Complete vocabulary lists, previous tests, and simulated tests are available as preparation materials. A minor update of the vocabulary lists was made in 2012. The HSK consists of a written test and an oral test, which are taken separately. This oral test is also known as the HSK or 汉语水平口语考试.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanyu_Shuiping_Kaoshi)

The Benefit of HSK Strengthening Class:

Review the content of the HSK exam and strengthen your skills.