The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) or the Chinese Proficiency Test, is the national standardized test designed and developed by the HSK Center to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers (including foreigners, overseas Chinese and students from Chinese national minorities ). The HSK is divided into three categories: beginning level (HSK Basic), elementary to intermediate level (HSK Elementary-Intermediate), and advanced level ( HSK Advanced ). These three categories form a comprehensive testing system. As a test of general language proficiency, HSK is not based on any particular textbook or course of study. Therefore candidates may refer to any textbook in preparing for the test.
HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year. Certificates of HSK will be issued to those who have secured the required scores. HSK and the issuing of HSK Certificates are supervised by the State Commission of Chinese Proficiency Test under the Ministry of Education.