The New HSK Receives Welcome in Germany’s Nordrhein-Westfalen State

[Source] [Time]    2010-05-27 19:54:19 

The new HSK was held at the Confucius Institute at the University of Duesseldorf in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany on May 16th. 92 German Chinese learners took the exam. The Confucius Institute experienced an unprecedented high in attendance. The new HSK is a standardized international Chinese test developed by Hanban.

During the exam, all examinees finished the answering process very smoothly; some said that the test questions were not difficult and that this had made their relaxed and confident. Ms. Finkernagel a 23-year-old professional that had taken part in the HSK level-two said that there were a lot of multiple-choice questions in the listening and reading comprehension, however the photos in the answers clearly demonstrated their meanings and were of great help to examinees for finding the right answer swiftly.

A 43-year-old year old lady, judge Lentz who had attended HSK level-four said that one of the differences of the new HSK is that the examinees can write down answers on the test paper first and are then allowed 10 minutes to fill answers in on an answer sheet after the exam. This aids in creating a sense of continuity in the exam.

Examinee Gille from Koln said that as the new HSK has been divided into more levels, she has grown in confidence for passing level-two and then preparing for level-three. Some examinees from secondary schools said that they chose to learn Chinese because of the unique charm of Chinese language and that learning Chinese helps them to learn about China. They are anticipating China’s future development.

Han Zhenhua, a teacher from the Confucius Institute at the University of Duesseldorf said to a journalist that Confucius Institutes are now promoting the revised new HSK, which has classifications divided into 6 levels according to difficulty level. There were examinees in every level, with the greatest number of examinees, 50 people taking level-two. Those passing level-two are able to make simple and direct communication with others using everyday Chinese expressions.

Li Yan, Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Duesseldorf said the new HSK has set vocabulary limits for foreign examinees and adopted photos in test papers to make the exam more interesting and pleasant to take as well as more closely resembling realistic exchanges. In addition it has also put pinyin on level-one and level- two test papers so as to facilitate reading. All in all, the new HSK has aided promotion and increase the scale of examinations in foreign countries so as to better help foreigners in understanding China.