“The new HSK is not so difficult now that I have more confidence in learning the Chinese language,” one of the examinees said after he took the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). On 19th October, about 60 examinees took the new HSK test in University College Dublin and still more in another test center set up in Galway.
The new HSK test has grown more and more significantly over time and has gained strong recognition among Chinese learners from around the world. This is the 8th HSK test held by the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland (CII) to date. The papers will be corrected in Beijing, China, and within one month after the test, the examinees can access their test scores on the internet. The next HSK test will be organized on 12th April, 2014.
The new HSK test is the standardized international Chinese proficiency test, taking non-native speakers as its object, and directed at testing examinees' capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work. What distinguishes the new HSK test from others is that it focuses on developing and testing an examinee’s ability to apply Chinese in practical, real-life situations, and also sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals.
“Its strength lies in its principle of combining testing and teaching, and it is a very reliable indicator of the students’ Chinese language proficiency,” one of the organizers from the CII said.
Dr. Lan Li, deputy director of the CII, expressed her support for the launch of the HSK computer-based test and is eager to introduce it to Ireland as soon as possible. With the development of technology, it is an undeniable fact that typing Chinese outperforms writing Chinese characters in many aspects. It’s more efficient, more advanced and more popular. It can also test the learner’s understanding of the Pinyin system and improve their ability to recognize the characters while they try to type them on the computer. She encouraged more Chinese learners to take part in the new HSK test so that they can have a chance to evaluate their language proficiency as well as promote their learning through examinations.
One examinee who took the HSK Level 3 said that “I found that preparing for the intermediate exam improved my everyday listening and reading a great deal. The listening in particular requires you to master a lot of colloquial Chinese usage, while the reading pieces are similar to those you will find in the notices and newspapers you come across every day.”