You must take the HSK and YCT tests at an official Confucius Institute approved by Hanban in China. Unfortunately, there’s no longer any Confucius Institutes in Boston but there is one nearby in Medford: Tufts University. Tufts also has the only Confucius Institute in Massachusetts as a whole.
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Didn’t there used to be one in Boston
Yes, there used to be one at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. It closed down in January of 2019. There’s some political issues surrounding Confucius Institutes in the US. These political issues don’t really concern us (they have more to do with free speech concerns) but it does mean that several Confucius Institutes around the US have closed down and the one at the University of Massachusetts is one of these.
When can I take the HSK?
You will need to double check the schedule at Tufts though. While this is all the possible test dates, Tufts can decide not to hold a test on a provided date, if for example the campus will be closed or if there aren’t enough people signed up to take the test. So Tufts can’t hold the exam on any date not on the schedule but they won’t necessarily hold all of them.
Taking the HSK
To actually take the HSK test you need to do two things. First, you need to sign up on the Hanban website. Second, you’ll actually have to go and take the test.
To sign up you need to go to the Hanban website . You’ll need to make an account, choose a date and location, and officially sign up for the test. Be warned, there will also be a fee for taking test; this varies by test center but usually around $50 USD. Remember to sign up at least a month before you plan to take the test. I would also call the location and double check both that they’re actually holding the test and how to get there. If you want a more in-depth guide, Culture Yard wrote a great step-by-step guide about signing up for the HSK.
Once the test date arrives, drive to the Confucius Institute with appropriate ID, probably just a Driver’s License. Usually there’s no strict schedule, more like a four hour window when you can show up and take the test. At the Confucius Institute there will be someone, probably a student volunteer, who will take your information, set up your test area, and offer to store anything (like your phone) that you can’t bring into the test. There’s usually a few other people taking the test but no one says anything; it’s really quiet. Expect to spend about an hour taking the test.
Preparing for the HSK
We’ve got a ton of great material on preparing for the HSK, including practice tests and reading exercises.
We’ve also got excellent materials for the YCT, including practice tests, writing tests, and listening tests.
Getting your Results
You can get your score online from the Hanban website and you can even print out a copy of your passing score. It usually take Hanban 4-6 weeks to post your score online, so you won’t know if you’ve passed right away.
If you need an “official” certificate, you should be able to pick it up from the Confucius Institute where you originally took the test. According to Hanban, the test is shipped to your Confucius Institute 45 day after you take the test but in my experience you usually can’t pick it up until two months after you take the test. Either way, make sure to ask your Confucius Institute beforehand and double-check when you take the test to make sure you get the “official” certificate. I can’t say for sure that every Confucius Institute handles the “official” certificate in their own way but that’s been my personal experience at every Confucius Institute I’ve been to.