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Essentials of HSK 8
HSK Preparation book for listening part
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HSK Breakthrough Exercises (Elementary-intermediate)
HSK Preparation and Exercises
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HSK Unit Exercises (Elementary-intermediate)
HSK Preparation and Unit Exercises
PLCU Press
HSK Preparation
HSK Preparation book with a lot of emulational exercises.
Peking University
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In 1984, the former Beijing Language Institute set up a "Chinese Proficiency Test Design Group", started to develop HSK. The research starts from the beginning, middle examinations, which lasted more than five years, on February 20, 1990, organized by the State Education Commission experts. For a complete De Shi HSK system, at first, the middle test development work 取得 preliminary results of Ji Chu Shang, in October 1989, began to Le Higher Chinese Shui Ping test development. July 28, 1993,
HSK (Advanced) by the National Chinese Proficiency Test Committee examined and approved by experts. In order to enable more learners have the opportunity to test their level in September 1995 began the foundation of the Chinese Proficiency Test. November 24, 1997, HSK (Basic) by the National Chinese Proficiency Test organized by the Committee experts. Thus, HSK form a level from low to high more complete system.
December 1986, HSK included in the annual Arts in 1986, the State Education Commission, Dr. Specialized Research Fund for the project. September 2, 1992, Director of China State Education Commission issued a li, signed Decree No. 21, HSK official national-level examinations - Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK). December 26, 1995, the State Education Commission issued teach foreign [1995] No. 668, paper, issued "on the foreign students with <Chinese Proficiency Certificate of> enrollment requirements." August 27, 1997, according to the State Education Commission on the establishment of the State HSK Commission's decision, the State HSK Commission was established in Beijing and held its first plenary meeting.
In 1990, HSK official in the country to promote, push overseas in 1991. Now 27 cities in the country set up 40 test centers in Asia, Europe, America and Oceania, 24 countries have set up 55 test centers. As of the end of July 2001, has more than 120 countries from 35 million people took part in the HSK examination.
HSK examination has now reached a high scientific level, to achieve the proposition, sampling, grading score and the scores of the standardization of interpretation. Statistical analysis to achieve a prediction, test equating, test registration, scoring and results reporting of computerization. 1997 completed the equivalent of HSK. From the September 1998 start of the HSK examination question bank computer system automatically generates the subject of research papers. At present, has become a paper-and-coming HSK question bank and the computer automatically generate the system. On this basis, the Tuichu HSK computerized adaptive test, this test will be more targeted, more personalized and thus can achieve higher reliability (reliability) and higher effectiveness (validity) .
What is HSK?

China's Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, known as HSK or the Chinese Proficiency Test is a standardized test at the state level designed and developed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers (foreigners, overseas Chinese and students of Chinese national minorities). HSK consists of the basic Chinese proficiency test (HSK Basic), the elementary and intermediate Chinese proficiency test (HSK Elementary-Intermediate) and the advanced Chinese proficiency test (HSK Advanced). 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.
The Chinese Ministry of Education has established China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)(CNCCPT). The Committee is the supervisor of HSK and the issuer of the Chinese proficiency certificates. CNCCPT has an office called Office of China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), which takes care of the HSK affairs together with the HSK Center of BLCU.

1. About Applicants of HSK
  HSK (Basic) applies to those learners with the basic Chinese proficiencies, namely, those who have taken 100 to 800 hours of regular modern Chinese learning (including those with the equivalent learning experiences). HSK (Elementary-Intermediate) is for those who are at the elementary and intermediate level in Chinese proficiency, i.e. those who have taken 400-2000 regular hours of modern Chinese courses (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard). The HSK (Advanced) is designed to measure the Chinese proficiency of those who are proficient in Chinese, i.e. who have taken 3000 regular hours or more modern Chinese learning (including those whose proficiency in Chinese is similar to that standard).

2. The functions of HSK Certificates
  (1)to certify that the holder has acquired the required Chinese Proficiency to enter a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  (2)to certify that the holder can be exempt from taking the Chinese language course depending on the level of certification.
  (3)as a basis for the employers to evaluate the Chinese proficiency of the job applicants.

3. HSK organizer and certificate issuer
  CNCCPT is the organizer of HSK.
  And the CNCCPT Office and the HSK Center of BLCU are both in charge of the HSK affairs.

4. Test Dates and Venues
  HSK is held regularly in Mainland China. The following is the time schedule of 2007 HSK tests.
  (1) HSK (Basic): 2 tests in 2006
  The 1st test
  Time: April
  The 2nd test
  Time: November
  (2) HSK (Elementary-Intermediate): 3 tests in 2006
  The 1st test
  Time: April
  The 2nd test
  Time: June
  The 3rd test
  Time: November
  (3) HSK (Advanced): 2 tests in 2006
  The 1st test
  Time: April
  The 2nd test
  Time: September

5. Registration Procedures
  (1)Candidates shall bring two recent 30 x 40 mm photos without headwear when registering and present a photo-bearing identification, such as a passport or residence permit.
  (2)Candidates have to pay the fees for the test and registration. In China, it is ¥200 RMB for HSK Basic (including ¥70 RMB for the registration fee); ¥250 RMB for HSK Elementary-Intermediate (including ¥70 RMB for the registration fee) and ¥400 RMB for HSK Advanced (including ¥70 RMB for the registration fee) (as to fees to be paid in other countries or by students of ethnic minorities, please contact local test centers). Fees for the test and registration are non-refundable. And postage is included in the fees. When a candidate cannot take the test in time due to some insurmountable reasons and notifies in advance the test center at which he registered before the test date, with the approval of the center (with the signature and stamp of the center), one test opportunity will be retained for the candidate and he or she will only pay the registration fee if he takes the next test in the future.
  (3)Candidates living where there are no local test centers may register by mail. Applications must be sent to the test center by registered mail at least one week before the final registration deadline and enclose a photocopy of an official piece of identification, a resume (including the Chinese and English names, sex, nationality, date of birth), a detailed mail address and two recent 30 x 40 photos without head wear. Meanwhile fees for the test and registration shall be remitted to the registration site by post. No telephone registration will be accepted. And the admission ticket will be given to the candidate in person upon his or her arrival at the testing site.
  (4)Candidates will be given the admission ticket and the HSK User Handbook. Candidates shall take the exam according to the time and place specified on the admission ticket.

6. Preparation for HSK
  As a standardized 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. Nevertheless, it is important that all candidates read HSK Test Syllabus carefully, a guide for the pre-test preparation. It contains an introduction to HSK, a sample HSK test paper and the key, HSK glossary and a CD of the sample listening questions.
  To be admitted to the test room, every examinee will be required to present his or her admission ticket and a photo-bearing ID certificate (ID card, passport or a residence permit). No candidates will be allowed to enter the test room without the afore-mentioned two evidences. The candidates whose admission ticket is missing can only be admitted to the test room till the ticket is reissued (with handling charges). Tape recorders, cameras, dictionaries, notebooks, textbooks and other unnecessary objects mustn’t be taken into the room. Mobile phones and MP3 shall be switch off and put inside bags, which shall be placed at an area designated by the invigilators.
  Candidates arriving five minutes late (since the start of listening comprehension test) may be admitted to the testing room and start the test right away. If examinees are 5 to 35 minutes late for the test, they may not start until the next section begins and no extra test time is to be offset for the late arrivals. Thirty-five minutes after the beginning of the exam, no candidates will be admitted to the test room.