Fluency Examinations

HSK and YCT Testing

The Confucius Institute at Colorado State University (CICSU) serves as an official testing site for the Chinese Proficiency (HSK), Youth Chinese Test (YCT), Business Chinese Test (BCT) and HSK Speaking Test (HSKK). Collectively, these proficiency tests will be referred to as the “HSK series.”

These examinations are the main, standard Chinese proficiency tests used today. Individuals that want to work, study, live, or travel in China may be required to or benefit from having an official HSK series test score. These examinations also serve as a qualifying metric for anyone wanting to verify their level of fluency in standard Mandarin Chinese.

CICSU serves only as a proctor for the HSK series of examinations. Any individuals interested in taking these tests must sign up and register at chinesetest.cn. If difficulties are encountered during the registration process, please contact the Confucius Institute at Colorado State University, and we will do our best to assist you.

Please see additional information below regarding each specific examination as described by the test creators.

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic, and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

Youth Chinese Test

Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses the primary and middle school students’ abilities to use Chinese as second language in their daily and academic lives. YCT is divided into writing and speaking tests, which are independent to each other. The writing test consists of four levels, namely, YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The speaking test consists of two levels, YCT Speaking (Primary Level) and YCT Speaking (Intermediate Level).

Business Chinese Test

Business Chinese Test (BCT), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities to use the Chinese language in real business or common working environments. BCT is divided into writing and oral tests, which are independent to each other. The writing test consists of two levels, namely, BCT (A) and BCT (B). BCT Oral iBT) are Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and conducted via internet.

HSK Speaking Test (HSKK)

HSK Speaking Test (HSKK) assesses the test takers’ oral Chinese abilities. HSKK consists of three levels, HSKK (Primary level), HSKK (Intermediate level) and HSKK (Advanced level). HSKK is conducted in the form of audio recording.

Costs

Please see the costs associated with each exam below. These fees are paid directly to the test creators at chinesetest.cn. If difficulties are encountered during the registration/payment process, please contact CICSU for assistance.

HSK 1 – $20

HSK 2 – $30

HSK 3 – $40

HSK 4 – $50

HSK 5 – $60

HSK 6 – $70

YCT 1 – $10

YCT 2 – $15

YCT 3 – $20

YCT 4 – $25

YCT Oral Test – Beginners – $15

YCT Oral Test – Advanced – $15

HSKK Beginner – $20

HSKK Intermediate – $30

HSKK Advanced – $40