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HSK, YCT sample tests
These sample tests will be available to the general public until March 5, 2020. Students should use the Chrome browser to take these sample tests.

HSK (Hanyu shuiping kaoshi) is an international Chinese language test to measure a student’s ability to communicate in Chinese in daily life, academic and work settings. HSK consists of two independent parts, a written test and an oral test (HSKK). The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is designed for students at the pre-college level.

HSK is offered on levels 1-6, and YCT on levels 1-4. Students register to take the test on a particular level.

UBCI administers HSK and YCT several times a year. The oral test (HSKK), which is required for Hanban scholarships, is offered several times a year in conjunction with HSK.

In 2020, UBCI also will administer the Business Chinese Test (BCT).

Please note that the payment system has changed! At the current time, payment must be made by check to the “University at Buffalo Confucius Institute”. We hope to re-establish online payment shortly.


Test administration start times

HSK Levels 2, 4, 6
8:30 am

HSK Levels 1, 3, 5
1:00 pm

HSKK, all levels
4:00 pm

8:30 am

2020 examination dates at UB

All tests will be administered in 206 Baldy Hall on the University at Buffalo North Campus. Click here for a map showing Baldy Hall.  Baldy Hall is building 7, marked with a yellow note.

Results of most tests are sent approximately one month after the test date.

Registration deadlines refer to Beijing time

Saturday, March 7 (HSK only)
Registration deadline: February 26

Saturday, April 11 (HSK and HSKK)
Registration deadline: April 1

Sunday June 14 (HSK only)
Registration deadline: June 4

Saturday, October 17 (HSK and HSKK)
Registration deadline: October 7

Registration deadlines refer to Beijing time

Saturday, March 21
Registration deadline: March 11

Sunday, November 15
Registration deadline: November 5

Registration deadlines refer to Beijing time

Saturday, November 14
Registration deadline: November 4

Students need to register and pay for their test at least 10 days prior to the date of the exam, Beijing time.