If you live in Atlanta and want to take the HSK, you’re in luck. There’s two locations in Atlanta itself that host the HSK test and another location nearby. Not only can you take the HSK at these locations but also the YCT and BCT if you want to.
Address: Room 119, Modern Languages Building, 532 Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: (404) 727-8186
Contact Person: Rong Cai
Georgia State University
Address: 75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 926, Atlanta, GA 30303
Contact Person: Kimberly Henshaw
Address: 1430 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210
Phone: (478) 757-2450
Contact Person: Dr Huichun Liu
What about Kennesaw State University?
I can’t recommend Kennesaw because something weird is going on with their Confucius Institute. Their Division of Global Affairs mentions that they have a Confucius Institute but the Confucius Institute website itself is broken and there’s no staff or links associated with the Confucius Institute. Maybe Kennesaw State University does have a great Confucius Institute and they just have a bad webmaster or something but if I were going to take the HSK in Atlanta I’d sign up at Emory or Georgia State where I now for sure they’ve got a solid Confucius Department instead of taking a risk with Kennesaw.
There’s also a Georgia Regents University in August that has a Confucius Institute but they’ve got no information whatsoever on their site and if there wasn’t a Hanban press release from 2014 I might think it didn’t exist at all.
When is the test held?
You can check the official schedule here but in general the HSK is held once a month.
You can check the official schedule here but in general the YCT is held every other month.
The tests are held on the same days all over the world and are set by Hanban. Hanban is another name for the Confucius Institute but it refers more to the administrative center in Beijing. For simplicity, when I talk about Hanban, I’m talking about the administrative center in Beijing and when I’m talking about the Confucius Institute, I’m talking about the learning center near you. Anyway, you can check out the official schedules for the HSK, YCT, and BCT on Hanban’s website but unfortunately Hanban doesn’t translate them for you. Here’s my translations of the 2019 test dates and I’ll update it as soon as the 2020 dates are released. Expect that you’ll need to sign up at least a month in advance of the test date.
Taking the HSK
So you need to sign up to take the test, then actually go to your local Confucius Institute and take it.
In general, to sign up you need to go to the Hanban website and signup there. You’ll need to make an account, choose a data and location, and then just show up at your local Confucius Institute to take the test. 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.
Getting your results
You will be able to get your score online a month after you complete the test. You can find this online at Hanban’s site. You can also print out a copy of your passing score but some institutions don’t consider this an “official” certificate.
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.