Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University Holds HSK Test

[Source]    Division of Testing [Time]    2010-06-17 13:04:59 

On the morning of May 16th, 2010, the Confucius Institute at Antananarivo University held its first HSK test. A total of 122 applicants signed up for the test and only 3 were absent from the examination. This was the first HSK held in Madagascar, setting an historical precedent in the country. The examinees consisted of students from the Confucius Institute and local Chinese learners. The oldest examinee was 74 years old.

To better promote the HSK testing site and help more students learn about the HSK test, the Confucius Institute thoughtfully arranged pre-exam promotion and consultations. It also organized a pre-exam training course to introduce the exam process and types of questions as well as make participants aware of some necessary precautions.

Before the exam the Confucius Institute followed Hanban’s requirements closely keeping exam papers secure. It also held pre-exam training for supervisors. Thanks to these efforts; the test proceeded in an orderly fashion. The Chinese ambassador to Madagascar also attributed great importance to the event, sending an official to inspect the examination rooms.

Among the 119 examinees, 13 scored above 190 and 5 of them got full marks. The lowest score was 80. Only 20 of the entrants failed the exam making for an 83.2% pass rate.

As it was the first HSK test to be held in the country only level 1 was offered. The Confucius Institute plans to hold levels 2, 3 and 4 of the test in the second half of the year (November) so as to meet the varied needs of examinees.