HSK testing centre (汉语水平考试中心)

The Chinese language program at RMIT offers a variety of courses to meet students’ professional and personal needs.

These courses are supported by the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test and training which run alongside those courses. Both students enrolled in RMIT University as well as participants from outside RMIT can take part in the test and the training if they run for that semester.

HSK test is sponsored by Hanban (汉办 – 中国对外汉语办公 www.hanban.org ) and the HSK training is provided by RMIT experienced Chinese language teachers.

We also run YCT (Young Learners Chinese Test) which facilitate learning and teaching of Chinese language learning in Australian primary and secondary schools.

2020 HSK and YCT Testing schedule

The testing dates and time for 2020 are yet to be decided. The next test session for HSK and YCT at RMIT Testing Centre will be likely in September or October 2020. When the dates are finalised, they will be viewable on internet at RMIT HSK Testing Centre. Registration will usually be open in July for the September or October Session. 

What is HSK Test?

HSK test is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, aiming at examining students’ capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work.

The examination consists of two independent parts: a written test and an oral test (HSKK), as set out below: 

The comparison between the written test of HSK, Chinese Language Proficiency Grades for Speakers of Other Languages (GFSOL) and the Common European Framework Reference for Language (CEF) is as follows:

Designed for learners, who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, to prepare them for continuing their Chinese studies.

Designed for elementary learners, who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, to apply it in a basic fashion in their daily lives.

Designed for elementary-intermediate learners, who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their daily lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks during such experiences.

Designed for intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at an intermediate level.

Designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese.

Designed for advanced learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form.

The test is designed in line with the present situation of international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of enhancing teaching and learning through assessment.

HSK test stresses objectivity and accuracy, and also focuses on developing and testing an examinees’ ability to apply Chinese in practical real-life situations.

HSK test also sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals.

HSK test is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners. The test scores provide a reference for various organizations or groups of people for selection of promotion purposes, such as the following:

  • Offers a reference for educational institutions to recruit students or for credit considerations;
  • Offers a reference for employers to employ, train and promote employees;
  • Offers a reference for Chinese language learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese;

Offers a reference or a standard for Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching practices and the effectiveness of training.

All examination candidates will receive their examination score reports issued by Hanban: http://www.hanban.org/ 

What is YCT (Young Learners Chinese Test)?

Young Learners Chinese Test (YCT) is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, directed at measuring the proficiency levels of primary and secondary school students. 

It consists of two independent parts: a written test and an oral test.

The written test is comprised of YCT-Level 1, YCT -Level 2, YCT - Level 3, YCT - Level 4, while the oral test is comprised of YCT (Elementary) and YCT (Intermediate). During the oral test, sound-recording devices are used.

The direct comparison between the new YCT test and Chinese Language Proficiency Grades for Speakers of Other Languages (GSOL), The Common European Framework Reference for Language, CEF) and the new HSK is as follows:

Examinees who passed YCT-Level 1 can understand and use some most frequently used Chinese words and sentences, and prepare themselves for continuing their Chinese studies.

Examinees who passed YCT-Level 2 can understand and use some simple Chinese words and sentences to communicate.

Examinees who passed YCT-Level 3 can use Chinese in a simple and direct way, applying it in a basic topic conversation in their daily lives.

Examinees who passed YCT-Level 4 can use Chinese to serve their needs in their personal lives and studies, and are able to complete most of the communicative tasks they experience.

Following the principle of serving teaching through assessment, YCT test is designed in line with the present situation of international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of enhancing teaching and learning through examinations.

  • Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese;
  • Offers a reference for schools to evaluate their teaching standards;
  • Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training;
  • Offers a reference for Chinese learners who want to take HSK test.

All examination candidates will receive their examination score reports issued by Hanban.

RMIT HSK Testing Centre

RMIT University’s HSK Testing Centre was formally established in December 2004 through an agreement and joint commitments from the RMIT University and the then Office of the National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test within Ministry of Education, China. RMIT HSK Testing Centre was one of the earliest in the world.

In April 2008 RMIT’s HSK Centre was awarded the 2007 HSK Centre of the Year by the Office of Chinese Language Consul International, China (OCLCIC).

The Centre administers the Chinese Proficiency Test on RMIT campuses and is responsible for:

  • Conducting HSK Test;
  • Publicizing and promoting the HSK;
  • Conducting HSK preparation courses;
  • Conducting HSK equivalent Test catering for individual needs;
  • Distributing Test results and certificates to participants;
  • Conducting survey and research on HSK and its links with Chinese language education.

HSK Committee (Victoria, Australia)

The HSK Committee (Victoria, Australia) is an academic and research initiative of RMIT University’s Chinese-Australian Studies Forum headed by its Director Ms Guosheng Chen, who was the former head Language Programs at RMIT University.

The Committee provides advice to RMIT’s HSK Centre on HSK Test promotion, implementation and HSK scholarship distribution. It is a proactive body playing significant role in promoting and enabling sound development of Chinese language education and HSK in tertiary and secondary education in Victoria.

Established in April 2004 the HSK Committee is formed by Chinese program leaders and representatives from the five major universities, secondary schools and community language schools in Victoria.

The Committee also comprises of representatives of Chinese professional associations, public and private media (SBS and 3CW) and the Chinese business community in Victoria.

In addition the Education Consuls from the Consulate General of People’s Republic of China in Melbourne and representatives from the Victorian government organisations provides policy and academic advice and support to policy making and implementation of the HSK Committee.

The HSK Committee is committed to high quality language and culture education in Victoria and Australia, using Chinese Proficiency Tests to enhance and complement Chinese language teaching, learning and research. 

The Committee works on promoting and managing HSK and YCT tests, policy development, information sharing and works with the Office of Chinese Language Teaching Consul International, China as partners. It collaborates with Victorian Chinese providers and Chinese professional organisations to promote the Chinese language and culture in Victoria and Australia. The Committee also supports broader Chinese language and culture education.

The major responsibilities of RMIT’s HSK Centre with the guidance of Committee are:

  • Promoting the HSK and YCT Tests: advertising through media, universities, schools and targeted student community;
  • Preparing the HSK and YCT Tests including providing preparation courses for public interest;
  • Organizing and conducting the Test;
  • Establishing HSK and YCT scholarship distribution policy and implementation;
  • Organising and conducing HSK and YCT scholarship study tours to China
  • Organising celebrations and report events upon completion of scholarship study tours to China to maximise the outcomes of the success of the tours.

The research on HSK test includes the following areas: 

  • market demand analysis and rational;
  • assessment and evaluation of the Test content;
  • value of the Test;
  • participant feedback and evaluation;
  • academic and social significance of the Test;
  • issues of the Test (academic and practical test);
  • improvement of the Test,
  • Chinese governmental regulation/legislation on the Test

The Committee is formed by leaders and representatives from various sectors including:

  • universities
  • secondary schools
  • Chinese ethnic schools
  • government organisations (local and international)
  • media

HSK scholarship

Chinese government grants HSK scholarships to HSK examinees who have achieved excellent results of the Test through a selection process. The HSK scholarships enable recipients to undertake short-term and/or long-term studies of Chinese language and culture and/or programs to their choice at designated universities in China.

HSK Test Training Short Courses

We are planning to run HSK test training as short courses. For course information and availability, please visit RMIT Short Courses

Contact

For more information regarding RMIT HSK Testing Centre, please contact: Lynne.li@rmit.edu.au 

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