Why take the HSK?
Posted by: Mandarin.Garden (IP Logged)
Date: April 28, 2015 05:20AM
The HSK is an ‘easy’ way to show others what your level of Chinese is. If you don’t care what others think (and you shouldn’t) taking – and passing – the HSK is still a good way for you to realize how good you’re in Chinese… or, on the contrary, how much work you have ahead of you!
To prove how good you are in English, you can take the TOEIC or the TOEFL. These standardized exams are used across the world to assess the English level of non-native English speakers. Want to assess your level in Chinese? You’re in luck, the Chinese Hanban created the new HSK test for that exact purpose a few years ago.
You may want to go to school in China. Most colleges and universities there only accept undergraduate or graduate students that have a level 4 or more of HSK. In any case, schools in China usually require applicants to have a certain level of Chinese to admit them and the new HSK test is the way to show them you have the right language skills.
Also, you may want to go to study Chinese in China but you don’t want to end up with beginners. Or the school you want to go to has a mandatory Chinese language course for foreigners (which will introduce you to the joys of Chinese teaching methods. But that’s another story). The new HSK test are a way for you to show you can be exempted from taking that mandatory language… if you have the required HSK and Chinese level, that is.
Seeing your HSK level is a way for an employer to evaluate your Chinese proficiency as an applicant. Employers are increasingly expecting job applicants to speak excellent Chinese. Chinese is no longer “the gadget” language where you could impress prospective employers by saying you spoke a little Chinese. Better go brush up on your new HSK test!