External Proof of Language for Chinese (HSK 2 and HSK 3)

General Information

To get an external proof of proficiency in Chinese, you can take the HSK exam (HSK 2 is recognised as equivalent for Chinese A1, HSK 3 as equivalent for Chinese A2).


Oral HSK exam

Students who choose this option must take an oral exam in addition to the HSK exam, since such an exam is not included in HSK. The Centre for Languages and Transcultural Communication of the University of St.Gallen offers this oral exam as a language service.

The oral exam requirement applies to HSK level 2 and 3 certificates. Students who present an HSK level 4 certificate or higher are exempt from the supplementary oral exam.


Exam content and structure

The oral Chinese A1 exam at the Language Services has the same format as the regular oral Chinese A1 exam at the University of St.Gallen. At the University of St.Gallen, we use the book 'Discover China 1', from unit 'Getting Started' to unit 8.

The exam consists of five parts:

  • introduce yourself,
  • reading aloud (from a text in Pinyin),
  • guided dialogue,
  • answer questions, 
  • complete sentences.

The exam is based on the material of the Chinese course, but essentially it is based on the content of HSK 2.


Registration and Examination Fee

Register for the Exam

You are welcome to register for the oral Chinese exam HSK 2 or HSK 3. To do so, please click the button below.

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Examination fee

The fee for the oral examination is CHF 65. The fee must be paid to the Language Services before taking the examination. When registering, please allow for some time for organising the exam; the date will be set in consultation with the examiners (recommendation: register at least two weeks before the scheduled date).

It is possible to retake the examination. Each repetition costs CHF 65.

Factsheet oral Chinese exam HSK

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