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Chinese Language Proficiency Exams: HSK | HSKK | YCT | BCT

Watch this video (w/English subtitlles) to learn more about the HSK Exam.

The Confucius Institute at Portland State University is an authorized testing center in Oregon for the Hanban Chinese Language Proficiency Exams that take place on a regular basis throughout the year. 


What are the HSK, HSKK, YCT, and BCT?

  • Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an international standardized test to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The test is administered in many nations and supervised by the State HSK Commission of the PRC Ministry of Education.
  • Hanyu Shuiping Kouyu Kaoshi (HSKK) is a Chinese Oral Proficiency Test which measures Chinese learners’ speaking skills at all levels.  

  • The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) for non-native primary and secondary school students.
  • The Business Chinese Test (BCT) for business professionals is more specialized and consists of two (2) separate sections. 

Purpose of HSK, HSKK, YCT, & BCT Certification

HSK, HSKK, YCT, and BCT exist to certify that non-native Chinese speakers are qualified to communicate in Chinese at the level required for business, school, and daily interactions in China. Educational institutions and businesses often require proof of language proficiency for non-natives.  The HSK is required when applying to study in Chinese  universities.

HSK, HSKK, YCT, and BCT certification is granted based on the level of testing taken, and may provide exemption from Chinese language courses.

The HSK, HSKK, YCT, and BCT certificates are valid permanently. However, for students applying to Chinese colleges or universities, the accompanying score report is only valid for two years.

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Need help?

Please call 503-725-9810 or 503-725-8561 or if you have any questions.

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