HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)

What is the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi)?

The HSK is the standardised test of Chinese language proficiency. It was prepared under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and consists of a written and an oral test, with different levels. Just like the TOEFL that inspired it, the test hopes to become in the future the international reference for Chinese language proficiency. Its validity is 2 years.

What is its purpose?

– A reference test to assess one’s knowledge of the Chinese language while learning.

– A competitive asset on the labour market: passing the HSK gives the candidate a comparative advantage to find a job in the area of international exchanges.

– An open door for a longer experience in China: passing the HSK is a prerequisite to receiving a scholarship from the Hanban or to participating in a summer camp.

– A necessity to study abroad: according to the regulation of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, foreign students must pass the level 4 of the HSK, with a minimum score of 180, to be admitted for a bachelor’s degree in a Chinese university.

Who can take the test?

The test is open to students, their parents and the LFS staff.

What is the oral test of the HSK?

The HSK consists of two tests, independent from each other, one written, one oral. The written part Listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing has 6 levels: HSK 1, HSK 2, HSK 3, HSK 4, HSK 5 and HSK 6. The oral part Speaking is divided into HSK Beginner, HSK Intermediate and HSK Advanced. It is possible to take tests of different levels on the same day, depending on the times of the tests and of the levels tested by the test centre. It is also possible to take a test for a level even if the lower levels still have not been validated. The LFS only organises the written tests.

How to register?

You can download the document “Registration for the HSK” to get the list of the documents to provide as well as of the procedure to follow. The times and registration fees are as follows:

HSK level 1: 1.30pm (45 minutes) – RMB 150
HSK level 2: 9am (50 minutes) – RMB 250
HSK level 3: 1:30pm (85 minutes) – RMB 350
HSK level 4: 9am (100 minutes) – RMB 450
HSK level 5: 1:30pm (120 minutes) – RMB 550
HSK level 6: 9am (135 minutes) – RMB 650

You’ll find below the HSK schedule for 2017 for both campuses of Qingpu and Pudong.
For more information, please contact Anne-Laure Fournier, Chinese teaching Coordonnator: anne-laure.fournier@lyceeshanghai.com

Date d'examenCloture des inscriptionsDate publication résultatsLieu
Samedi 24 mars 2018Vendredi 09 février 2018-Campus de Qingpu
Dimanche 2 décembre 2018Vendredi 26 octobre 2018-Campus de Qingpu Campus de Pudong

The dates of the HSK tests for 2018 will be provided later.

Students in primary school will have the possibility to take the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) that will take place during 2018 on the Qingpu and Pudong campuses. (The date will be provided later.)

The registration fees for the YCT are as follows:

–          YCT level 1: RMB 50
–          YCT level 2: RMB 150
–          YCT level 3: RMB 250
–          YCT level 4: RMB 350

The students taking the HSK/YCT test can take a mock test before the actual test in order to be better acquainted with the requirements. For that, they must inform their teacher of their wish.


What is the Cambridge certification?

Cambridge Assessment English is a unique approach to teaching, learning and assessing English.

It is based on international research and guided by a deep desire to:

  • provide excellent teaching
  • give better opportunities to both students and teachers
  • add value to the teachers, the schools and the employers
  • promote English learning to contribute to the society as a whole.

What opportunities does the Cambridge certification give you?

Cambridge English exams are recognised by over 15,000 universities, employers and governments around the world. Our English language tests can open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and because they are globally recognised, can increase your choices for study or work.

Please find below the calendar for the school year 2017/2018.

Samedi 23 mars 2019YLE
Samedi 13 avril 2019KET&PET
Samedi 11 mai 2019FCE
Samedi 18 mai 2019CAE

For more information : Cambridge website


Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are official titles certifying degree of competence and mastery of the Spanish language, granted by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) are divided into six levels, depending on the proficiency: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

The Instituto Cervantès organises one examination session for the DELE (Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera) on the 24th and 25th of November 2017.

You can register before the 11th of October 2017 at:

Biblioteca Miguel de Cervantes
Anfu Lu, 198-208
200031 Shanghai
Tel : +86 21 54670098

For more information, visit the website for DELE.


Goethe-Institut examinations / Goethe Zertifikat

Goethe-Institut examinations are well known throughout the world and the associated certificates are accepted as a qualification by employers and further education institutions in many countries. The Goethe-Institut’s German language examinations correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for language skills for proficient and expert level.

For more information, please visit the website of the Goethe-Institut


Dates of the upcoming sessions: http://shanghai.goetheslz.com/en/exams/agenda

NiveauDates d’examen 2016Frais d’inscription (RMB)
A15 février, 19 février, 23 février, 29 avril, 5 mai, 8 juillet, 14 juillet, 14 septembre, 22 septembre, 2 décembre, 6 décembre 700
A218 février, 4 mai, 13 juillet, 21 septembre, 5 décembre700
B117 février, 24 février, 3 mai, 12 juillet, 19 septembre, 1 décembre900 (montant correspondant à un ensemble de 4 tests : Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking), sinon 300/test
B222 février, 28 avril, 11 juillet, 20 septembre, 30 novembre1100
C115 février, 26 avril, 6 juillet, 12 septembre, 28 novembre1100
C216 février, 27 avril, 7 juillet, 13 septembre, 29 novembre1300 (montant correspondant à un ensemble de 4 tests : Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking), sinon 400/test

Inscription Centre:
Goethe-Jinchuang Sprachlernzentrum Shanghai (上海锦创歌德德语培训)
628 Julu Road, Jing’An District, 200040 Shanghai (上海市静安区巨鹿路628号 邮编:200040)
Tel.: + 86 21 3222 0316-100, Fax: + 86 21 6289 7762
Contact :  Madame SHU Zhengying (kurse.shanghai@goetheslz.com)

Examination Hall:
Building No.1, No. 601 Jiaozhou Lu, Jing’An Vocational School(胶州路601号,静安区业余大学1号楼)


Campus de Qingpu

Céline Hirrien
Tel: 3976 0555 (ext. 529)