Confucius Institute


In order to serve the people, school districts, and universities of Maine, the Confucius Institute at USM has been commissioned by Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban to offer the HSK and the HSKK. The HSK is an official standardized test administered by the Confucius Institute Headquarters/Hanban to assess learners’ proficiency in Chinese language. The HSK is a written exam divided into six levels. The HSKK is an oral exam divided into three levels.

USMCI is also able to offer the YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and BCT (Business Chinese Test) by special request. 

HSK scores can be beneficial for several different types of assessment. Confucius Institute Headquarters uses the test to select candidates for the Confucius Institute Scholarship program, Chinese teachers use the HSK to evaluate different teaching standards and training methods, and employers use HSK scores as a reference when hiring, training, and promoting employees. Through the HSK, non-Chinese speakers can understand a speaker's proficiency without having any knowledge of the language.

Test Dates

Test Level Registration Deadline Test Date

HSK Levels 1-6

May 15, 2020 June 14, 2020


 To apply, please visit Hanban's HSK website and create an account. Once you have created an account, log in and go to the Test Registration section. Choose the exam level you would like to take and follow the steps to register. In section one, the testing location will be the Confucius Institute at the University of Southern Maine, and the exam will be paper-based. The registration process includes an upload of a passport-style portrait. Please note the photo and upload specifications listed in the third section of registration, and make sure your photo meets the criteria before uploading. Once you have confirmed and submitted your registration, see below for exam rates and payment information.


Exam fees may be paid with cash or check, and must arrive before the registration deadline. Checks should be made out to the Confucius Institute at USM with the student, exam date, and exam level noted on the check. Please send checks to the address below, or contact us to arrange a time to stop by our office in person.

Test Rate (USD) Test Rate (USD)
HSK Level 1 $20 YCT Level 1 $10
HSK Level 2 $30 YCT Level 2 $15
HSK Level 3 $40 YCT Level 3 $20
HSK Level 4 $50 YCT Level 4 $25
HSK Level 5 $60

YCT Speaking Basic


HSK Level 6 $70 YCT Speaking Intermediate $15
HSKK Basic $20    
HSKK Intermediate $30    
HSKK Advanced $40    


Contact Person: Brianne Hodgkins


Phone: 207-780-5677


Confucius Institute at USM

39 Exeter St

Portland, ME 04102