General Questions and Answers
Q: Who Will Grade My Test?
A: After a test is given, the answer sheets will be sealed and taken back to Beijing immediately to be graded by the HSK Headquarters. Chinese Proficiency Testing Center at Kennesaw State University will not be responsible for grading any examinations.
Q: How Soon Can I Find Out My Scores?
A: The results will be out approximately 60 days after a test is administered.
Q: How Do I Get My Score Report and Certificate?
A: If you score as well or better than the required minimum score for your level, you will receive an official HSK Certificate, describing in detail what kind of test you have taken and which level you have achieved. Score reports and certificates will be mailed to the Kennesaw State University Confucius Institute HSK Site and not directly to the test-takers. When the test scores arrive, we will post the information on our HSK web page and also notify you by email. You are welcome to pick up your score report and certificate during regular office hours. If you are having someone pick up your scores for you, they must bring a signed letter of permission from you and their photo ID. Certificates and score reports not picked up will be kept at our office for a maximum of 60 days and then will be sent to your mailing address. The Kennesaw State University Confucius Institute HSK Site will not be held responsible for the loss of your documents in the mail.
Q: How do I Inform My School of My Test Scores?
A: You may copy the certificate and send it to your school and we will send a letter of recommendation regarding the fulfillment or waiver of certain academic requirements to your school per your request.
Q: May I Retake a Same Category Test?
A: Yes. If your test score does not meet the passing grade, you can take the same category test again at any HSK test site worldwide. There is no waiting period and no limit of how many times you can take the test. You must reapply in order to re-take the test.
Q: Who should I consult about Receiving Credits or if I have other Academic Concerns?
A: Students with questions about credits or waivers should consult the academic advisors of their respective schools. The Chinese Proficiency Testing Center does NOT handle the distribution of credits or any other academic policies.
Q: What is HSK?
A: Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) or the Chinese Proficiency Test is a standardized examination for evaluating one’s proficiency in modern Chinese language. HSK is specifically designed for foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities.
Q: Who Designs HSK Tests?
A: All HSK tests are designed by the HSK Center of Beijing, Language and Culture University located in Beijing, China. The Center’s entire work, from making tests to issuing certificates, is supervised by the National Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test under the Ministry of Education of China. All HSK certificates are issued by the National Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test, which is under the Ministry of Education of China.
Q: How Useful Are HSK Certificates?
A: Your HSK certificate(s) can serve the following purposes:
- To certify that you have obtained the required Chinese proficiency to enter a college or university in China as an undergraduate or graduate student.
- To certify that you have obtained the required Chinese proficiency and thus be exempt from taking certain Chinese language courses at your institution in the United States depending upon their regulations.
- Can be used as a reference when you apply for a job position that requires a certain level of Chinese language competency.
- To test your Chinese proficiency if you are learning the language.
Q: Will My HSK Certificate Expire?
A: Your HSK certificate is like a diploma. Once you receive it, it becomes your property and it is valid permanently. However, if you wish to use your HSK scores to apply for admission to a college or university in China, your scores are valid for two years only from the date you take the test.
Q: When was the Chinese Proficiency Testing Center at Kennesaw State University Formed?
A: The Chinese Proficiency Testing Center at Kennesaw State University was set up in May 2003 and the first test was administered on November 1, 2003.
Q: Who is eligible to apply to take HSK Tests?
A: The application is open to all interested people, without discrimination according to age, race, nationality or religion.