4 Great Reasons for Taking the HSK
As you may already know from reading about the HSK on our website, the HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is the official standardized test for Mandarin Chinese. It’s six levels range from beginner to advanced.
At this point, you might be wondering what the benefits are of focusing on HSK? For people who are much more interested in obtaining a practical fluency in Chinese, building a study plan around this exam might seem unnecessary.
In fact, there are a number of good reasons to put HSK at the centre of your Chinese study, even for people learning Chinese casually. Let’s have a look at some of them.
1. HSK is the most widely recognized Chinese proficiency qualification
As of 2016, the HSK has been taken over 100 million times and in over 120 countries. That number is nothing to sniff at! In fact, institutions including schools, governments, companies, and nonprofits all over the world use HSK as a gauge of Chinese language proficiency.
Just consider that no matter where you are in the world – working, studying, or living – you can be sure that your HSK qualification will be valued.
2. HSK increases professional opportunities
There are many job opportunities out there for people who can speak both Chinese and English. But let’s say you find yourself in an interview with a company that’s interested in you for your Chinese. If you’re fluent enough, you might be able to get by by convincing them in the interview of your Chinese ability.
But what will you say when they ask you for your qualification? Surely HSK would be the best answer, given that it’s China’s official proficiency test! Not to mention that by putting it on your CV you will strengthen your odds of landing such job interviews.
For jobseekers, HSK is invaluable!
Did you know that you can get a scholarship to study in China just for passing HSK with a good score? That’s right, the Confucius Institute gives out full and partial scholarships to study at a Chinese university of your choice (through a nomination process) for passing HSK 3 and above with at least 90%.
There are many courses you can choose from, ranging from a short-term language and culture immersion programme to a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Get in touch with the Confucius Institute in your country to find out how to apply.
4. HSK is required for studying in China
Perhaps the most important reason for prospective students to do HSK is that it is required to study a degree at a Chinese university. Though specific requirements vary from university to university, most undergraduate degrees require HSK 4 or 5.
For many postgraduate courses, you will need level 6. Given that HSK is the standard used for universities in many other countries as well, it is relevant for virtually any China-related study.