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HSK Test Centre

HSK examination

CIBL is an official test centre in the UK for the Chinese Proficiency Tests.

HSK summary

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) is an official examination designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native Chinese speakers from beginners (level 1) to advanced (level 6). It is an internationally recognised standard in assessing your Chinese language level and the results can be used to demonstrate Chinese ability to an employer and to apply for Confucius Institute Scholarships (CIS). It is also accepted by universities in China as a proof of Chinese proficiency. The HSK tests include writing, listening and reading skills.

Please note: Our centre ONLY provides paper-based HSK. In order to register to take HSK exams, students must first register with Chinese Testing International (CTI) on their website.

 Before your exam

Step 1 Decide your exam date

Year Our Registration & Payment DeadlineExam DateResult Date 
 2023  02 Nov 03 Dec 03 Jan 2024
 2024  15 Feb 16 Mar 16 April
 2024  11 April 19 May 19 June
 2024  18 July 18 Aug 18 Sept
 2024  19 Sept 19 Oct 19 Nov
 2024  07 Nov 08 Dec 08 Jan 2025
 All the deadlines are by 4pm UK time. 

Step 2 Make the payment


  • Please follow this link to the LSE e-shop , under "courses" please choose "CIBL – Examination Fees". (IMPORTANT: payer name should match with the exam candidate name. If different, please email us at Exam fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and make sure you complete Step 3. (You may be eligible for one FREE HSK exam at LSE. Find out more here.)

  • In the amount section please MANUALLY enter the exam fee

  • Test Type             


    Total Amount Payable


    Level 1


    Level 2


    Level 3


    Level 4


    Level 5


    Level 6


  • Follow the rest of the online instructions to complete the process.

  • Please make the payment before the deadline which can be found in the Step 1 table. We are not responsible if you miss the deadline. 
  • Please note: the payment status on the registeration website (step 3) will be confirmed after the registeration deadline. 

Step 3 Register your exam online

  1. Log onto the website here. Please make sure you register before the deadline in the Step 1 table. After the deadline, you wont be able to take the exam even if you have paid the exam fee. 

  2. Sign up by providing necessary personal information including e-mail address, nationality, date of birth, etc.  

  3. Test registration

    Please select the test center (Confucius Institute for Business, London, LSE) and date, complete your personal information, upload ID photo and finally confirm your registration information.

    Personal information

    Please provide name exactly as its displayed on your valid identity document e.g. passport or driving license

    Photo size requirement

    Please note the website photo specifications are strict and must adhere to the following conditions: 1) JPG format; 2) Photo size must be within 100KB; 3) Standard ‘passport style’ photo e.g. with face clearly displayed. 

  4. Exam candidiates are resposible for resgiering online by themselves. If you have any issues during the online registration, please contact directly. 

Step 4 Wait for CIBL email confirmation 

After your successful registration and payment, please wait for us to send you the exam venue and other exam logisitics in due course (usually 1-2 weeks before the exam date). Please check your junk box in case you do not hear from us. 


 On the exam day

What to bring

The test taker should arrive at the test room 15 minutes before the test begins. You will need to bring the following items to the HSK exam:

  • ID (Driving licence Identity Card, Passport or Residence Permit)
  • Exam admission ticket (You can log into your profile and print your ticket at the “Personal Centre” section of the website.)
  • 2B pencils (two or more)
  • Eraser 


After your exam

Exam result and certificate

For the HSK exam result, please visit one month AFTER your exam.  Please note your admission ticket number will be needed for checking the result. 

Certificates will be sent to CIBL two months AFTER the date of your examination. You will receive an email when your certificate is available to collect. To collect in person, you will be asked to provide your exam admission ticket and a valid ID document. Please inform us ( first before coming to collect it in person. We can also post the certificates to UK addresses ONLY if mailing is preferred. The post service is £5 (standard service) or £15 (premium service including a Do Not Bend envelope and a tracking number) can be paid here. You will need to MANUALLY enter the post fee and complete the rest of the payment steps. After the payment, please let us know (, and we will perpare for the post. 


Important information

Refund and defer 

Exam fees are non-refundable. For any unforeseen reasons you may not be able to take the exam, you can defer the same level exam ONCE. You will need to inform us ( before the registeration deadline of that particular exam to request the deferral. We reserve the right to decline the request if the deferral cannot be processed. 

You need to let us know the following information in your email:

  • Your name
  • Contact email and number:
  • Reason to defer
  • New exam date and your HSK exam level