Chinese proficiency tests

The Confucius Institute at Lancaster University is an official UK test centre for HSK, HSKK and YCT Chinese Proficiency tests.

This page provides details of forthcoming test dates, how to register and how to pay for a test.

For further information about HSK please see

Test dates 2021

  • Due to the latest national lockdown, we have made the decision to cancel the paper-based tests planned for January, February & March. Anyone signed up for this test will be contacted and refunded.
  • We are currently arranging for Home-based Online Testing to be available on 13th March, 24th April, and 5th June.
  • 24/02/21 - Please note that until further notice, any further registrations for Home-based Online Tests are under review. This is due to a potential concern over GDPR regulations, which may prevent us from offering Online Tests until we can ensure these exams will satisfy GDPR guidelines.

Online Testing Information: HSK Online Home-based Tests

HSK, HSKK & YCT Dates 2021 (PDF)

Please note: You are able to take both HSK Test and HSKK Tests on the same date!

How to Register

1. You will need to register and pay on separate sites.

2. First, create an account & register through the Hanban Chinese Test Website. (See below for help with registering).

3. Then, you will need to pay for your test(s) on the Confucius Institute Online Store Page.

Student Discount: Students who are studying Chinese as part of their degree are eligible to receive a free HSK/HSKK test if you attempt a HSK or HSKK Level for the first time!

Please select the "First Attempt Discount" options in the Online Store if you believe you are eligible to receive this.

Hanban Chinese Test Website Guide:

  1. Once you have accessed the site through the link above, click the link in the top right-hand corner to register as a "New User" and complete your details as required.
  2. The next step is to click on ‘Test Registration’ button in the menu that runs along the top of the page.
  3. Next, click the button for your ‘HSK Level ’ and then click the blue ‘Register’ button.
  4. Complete your details as requested.

Please note that the correct ‘Test Format’ to select is ‘Paper-based Test’ and selecting this option will then allow you to select ‘Lancaster University Confucius Institute’ as your ‘Test Centre’.

You will need to select your test date.

Finally, you will require either your Passport number / ID card number / Residence Permit number to register for the test.

If you have any problems please contact

We can arrange HSK/HSKK/YCT tutorials!

Please contact Adam Wilson at if you would like to arrange a tutorial. Please ensure to get in touch well in advance of any tests you would like to attend.