There’s 10 places in Australia where you can take the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test, or the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), or Business Chinese Test (BCT). Each location has an official Confucius Institute, which is the place you can take the HSK.
Official Confucius Locations
- University of Adelaide
- Australian School of Contemporary Chinese
- Charles Darwin University
- Griffith University
- University of Queensland
- Queensland University of Technology
- RMIT University
- Perth Beijing Chinese School
- Sydney HSK Centre
- University of Western Australia
I give more details, including the website and contact information, below but first let me answer a few other questions.
What else does a Confucius Institute do?
It depends heavily on the location. Some are universities with a research focus while others are immersion schools for young children and, as you can imagine, each one can vary widely in what services it offers. In general though, look for three things at a Confucius Institue:
- Chinese lessons or speaking practice: This is really common at universities, where you can take a variety of college classes on the Chinese language. Even if you don’t take the classes, they often have tutors or students who will be happy to practice speaking Chinese with you.
- Cultural Events: This can vary from theater to concerts to cooking classes to calligraphy but lots of Confucius Institutes offer a variety of cultural events.
- Study Abroad Opportunities: If you’re looking to study abroad in China, a Confucius Institute should be your first stop. Not only will they have the best variety of official study abroad programs, but there’s often scholarships for every level of fluency. I’ve seen programs as generous as paying all expenses for a 3-week program except the flight.
When can I take the HSK?
Confucius Institute Details
|University of Adelaide|
|Address||Level 4 Kenneth Wills Building, The University of Adelaide, 5005 Australia|
|Phone||+61 8 8313 4798|
|About||The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide offers HSK, HSKK, and YCT examinations all-round the year. Students can register for available HSK or HSKK exam here and here for YCT. All the payments can be done online through their online ship. It is noteworthy that all payments are non-refundable. Students have to key in HSK or HSKK in the search engine and add to the cart. These are the fees for the examinations:|
HSK Level 1: $35
HSK Level 2: $35
HSK Level 3: $55
HSK Level 4: $55
HSK Level 5: $75
HSK Level 6: $75
YCT-Level 1: $20
YCT-Level 2: $20
YCT-Level 3: $20
YCT-Level 4: $30
Interested individuals can enroll in various online HSK courses as well as Chinese language classrooms.
|Australian School of Contemporary Chinese|
|Address||Civic Central Office: SCSA, Room 212, Level 2, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City, ACT 2601, Australia|
|Phone||(612) 6176 0528|
|About||As of the time of writing this, HSK, HSKK, and YCT exams were scheduled to be held at the Australian School of Contemporary Chinese. HSK and HSKK are scheduled to be held on 14 November 2021, and the registration closes on 12 October, 2021. Similarly, YCT exam is set to held on 5 December 2021 and registration ends at 3 November 2021. You can register here.|
Payment can be done online or through one of the ASCC campuses from this list. A scanned copy of the form has to be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. HSK exams are offered in all six levels while HSKK is offered in beginner, intermediate, and advanced with the fees ranging from $35 to $75. YCT I, II, III, IV, speaking beginner, speaking intermediate fees start from $20.
|Charles Darwin University|
|Address||Ellengowan Dr, Casuarina NT 0810, Australia|
|Phone||(08) 8946 7766|
|About||All their tests are paper based, so if the number of students is less, the test may get cancelled altogether. Interested students can also enroll in several Chinese language courses. The enrollment form must be filled and submitted at the Casuarina campus or emailed to confuciusInstitute@cdu.edu.au.|
|Address||Gold Coast campus – Building G52 Room 3.24, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University Southport, QLD, 4222|
Nathan campus – Building N56 Room 1.12, Nathan campus, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, QLD, 4111
|Phone||+61 7 5552 7476 (Gold Coast)|
|About||The tests can be held both on the Gold Coast campus and Nathan campus. HSK exams are taken for all six levels, 1 through 6, and HSKK exams are taken for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Similarly, YCT is offered for the four levels 1 to 4. The fees range between AUD 30 to 90 for HSK and HSKK exams while AUD 20 to 30 is the range for YCT.|
Online registration can be completed at http://www.chinesetest.cn. For offline registration, students must bring valid documents (ID or passport) to the TCI office, fill in the information to get login name and password, upload a photo, and pay the fees.
|University of Queensland|
|Address||Confucius Institute, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia|
|Phone||(+61) 7 3346 7750|
|About||All individuals must sign up at least one month prior to the test date. They aren’t holding YCT separately but ask any schools or organizations interested in conducting the test for younger learners directly contact UQ CI. The fees for HSK and HSKK exams range between ADU 35 to AUD 75.|
Online registration must be completed through the HSK web portal and payment must be cleared via their online payment system. After completion, a copy of the form must be emailed to them. Students can also take practice exams through the HSK web portal but they will need their login information and password.
|Queensland University of Technology|
|Address||Gardens Point campus – 2 George St, Brisbane, QLD 4000|
Kelvin Grove campus – Level 4, X Block, Kelvin Grove Campus, Victoria Park Rd, Kelvin Grove, QLD 4059
|About||The Confucius Institute at Queensland University of Technology, or QUT, established in 2008, only offers the six levels of HSK examinations and no tentative dates for future tests have been announced as of yet. However, the fees are states below:|
HSK Level 6: $75
HSK Level 5: $75
HSK Level 4: $55
HSK Level 3: $55
HSK Level 2: $35
HSK Level 1: $35
However, interested individuals over the age of 18 can choose to enroll in Modern Chinese Language Courses – available in level 1 to 9 based on pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, writing, and reading. The fee stars from AUD 352.50 and students will learn everything over the course of 10 weeks.
|Address||360 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000|
|Phone||+61 3 9925 2328|
|About||RMIT Testing Center was established in 2004, making it one of the earliest HSK testing centers in the world. HSK and YCT tests at RMIT Testing Centre are generally held twice a year: once around April or May, and the other near September of October. Online registration is open two months prior to the test dates. However, all tests have been suspended until further notice due to the pandemic.|
With that said, HSK is offered in all levels – level 1 to 6; HSKK is offered in the three usual levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced; and YCT is offered in four levels – 1, 2, 3, and 4. All test scores will be provided to students on a report issued by HANBAN. Students who achieve excellent results in the test will be subjected to a scholarship provided by the Chinese government. RMIT is planning on holding HSK test training courses.
|Perth Beijing School|
|Address||5/99-101 Francis St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia|
|Phone||+61 450 005 358|
|About||The Chinese Proficiency Test Centre (WA) at Perth Beijing School Pty Ltd was formally established on 5 September 2017 and is one of the ten authorized Chinese proficiency centers in Australia. They offer both HSK exams (for university students or adults) and YCT (for school students). The registration is incredibly simple – click here to fill in your details and email them at email@example.com to make the payment. The testing center’s address is 50 St Stephens Crescent Tapping WA 6065.|
In addition, PBCS also offers a variety of Chinese language course for interested learners. PBCS online class is limited to 2 students each class. This is for HSK1/HSK2/HSK3/HSK4 level. PBCS online – Basic Mandarin Program HSK1/HSK2/HSK3/HSK4/HSK5/HSK6 level is a 1-on-1 class for people looking to fast-track their studies. Students will be awarded a qualification issued by the institute post completion of any course.
|University of Western Australia|
|Address||The University of Western Australia, UWA Claremont Campus, 50 Goldsworthy Road (Cnr Princess Road), Claremont WA 6010|
|Phone||(+61 8) 6488 6888|
|About||The Center for Language Education and Cooperation in Beijing runs the HSK test on an international scale while the Confucius Institute at UWA organized the test in WA. The exams are held in February, May, and October at their Claremont campus. Check out the registration form here containing all the information needed and fees. This is their official announcement regarding venues, test dates, and registration deadline for HKS and HKSS. The institute also provides individual tutorial for the proficiency exam upon request. For that, one must fill out the enrollment form and get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.|
As for YCT, this is the registration form containing similar information to that of HSK and HSKK. Also check out the date, time, and venue here.
|Sydney HSK Center|
|Address||Suite 209, Level 2, 451 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia|
|About||Sydney HSK center is completely devoted to helping learners gain their HSK, HSKK, and YCT certification as well as preparing them for it, which is the organization offers multiple courses for people on different proficiency levels. The exam fees are stated below:|
YCT L1/ YCT L2/ YCT L3: $20
YCT L4: $30
HSK L1 / HSK L2 / HSKK Beginner: $35
HSK L3 / HSK L4 / HSKK Intermediate: $55
HSK L5 / HSK L6/ HSKK Advanced: $75
Interested individuals can register online at http://www.chinesetest.cn/ or on their website: www.hsk.com.au.
Additionally, the HSK exam preparation course is available for each of the levels, from HSK level 1 to level 6. They also have special courses, including business courses, corporate courses, one-on-one classes, and online classes. Exams have been postponed due to the pandemic.