The director of the International Chinese Language Examination Center, Zhang Qiumin, said that the new HSK Practice is mainly for foreign students studying abroad in China. These students are learning Chinese at a university or planning to enter a university to take courses in Chinese.
“The domestic equivalent of the HSK is the College English Test (CET). The HSK Practice is the Chinese version of the CET,” said Zhang Qiumin. A satiric version of the Chinese CET recently circulated on the Internet in China, showing that many Chinese Netizens are interested in how the test works. Luckily, the real test is not as strange as the satirized “spoof,” version.
He Yangyang, a language instructor at the University of Electronic Science and Technology in Xi’an, noted that for ordinary Chinese people, the HSK 6 is not a hard exam at all. The test is equivalent to a junior high school language exam.
The questions aren’t terrifyingly difficult, however the HSK Practice still requires a substantial amount of background knowledge and a high level Chinese language skills.
Students say the HSK 6 is too difficult
“I already use Chinese professionally HSK Practice, and I still found this exam to be way too difficult!” said Li Ming , a student from Turkey on the Shaanxi Normal University campus. Li Ming is a 20 year old student studying Chinese at Shaanxi Normal. He has been studying for three years in China. “
After I had been here for about a year, I took the HSK Practice and did not pass. Six months later, I took it again and passed,” said Li Ming. He said that last year some of his classmates had taken the HSK 6 and the results were “just appalling.”