Test Review: The New HSK

Document Type : Original Research Article


Department of Second Language Studies, Indiana University Bloomington.


This review discusses the written sections of the New Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (the New Chinese Proficiency Test, commonly known as the New HSK), a standardized test developed to measure the proficiency level of non-native speakers of standard Chinese. The test is administered and published by the Office of Chinese Language Council International under the Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China, and has the largest number of test takers among all the tests of Chinese as a foreign/second language. The review gives a brief introduction to the history and characteristics of the test, reports on recent research about its reliability, validity, and fairness, and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses.