Confucius Classroom at the Sao Paulo Asian Cultural Center Successfully Holds the New HSK-Level II

[Source]    Confucius Classroom at the Sao Paulo Asian Cultural Center [Time]    2010-10-29 15:01:17 

Kiyoe Umeda, 73-year-old and the eldest among the test takers

The New HSK-Level II was held at the Saint Benedict of Nursia Chinese Language School by the Confucius Classroom at the Sao Paulo Asian Cultural Center on the morning of October 17, 2010. The event was a complete success with120 individuals taking the exam that day.

Fang Sanjing, Director of the Confucius Classroom at the Sao Paulo Asian Cultural Center, explained that it was the second time for the Confucius Classroom to hold New HSK this year.

Fang Sanjing stated that Chinese language fever is continuing to grow all over the world and, therefore, more and more people are taking the HSK. For this reason higher demands were made by Hanban as the test sponsor. Any kind of work related to the test was required to be done in accordance with procedures appointed by Hanban and completed electronically. These procedures included test registration, students’ signup information, admissions printing and test venue arrangement as well as invigilator supervision.

Children filling out their answers carefully

The test paper and any other materials concerning the test were printed by Hanban in China and then posted to Brazil. The test content was only revealed when test takers were breaking the sealed tag right at the beginning of the test.

In order to better complete the test, a pre-test training specially arranged by the Confucius Classroom at the Sao Paulo Asian Cultural Center was held for the invigilators. During their training, test instructions were explained in detail and each invigilator was required to strictly complete each of the steps stipulated in the test procedures.

This time there has been an marked increase in Brazilian people without any Chinese family background or even Brazilian people from other ethnic groups signing up for the test, as a result of massive promotional work. Some entrants were school students; some were banking staff whilst others were lawyers or unit heads. The eldest was a 73-year-old lady and the youngest was only 7-year-old.

After taking the test the majority of examinees were pleased with their test scores, despite some holding the belief that this time's test, especially the listening section, was somehow more difficult in comparison to the New HSK-Level I last March. Test takers, however, were still looking forward to taking New HSK Level III,IV or even higher tier exams.

Fang Sanjing stated that all the test papers would be mailed back to China and graded by electronically. Examinees would be informed of their results 30 days after the test.

The New HSK is a standard test for international Chinese language proficiency and it aims to test the Chinese communication ability for real life situations, study and work for examinees for whom Chinese is not their first language. This test consists of two parts: the written exam (level 1~6) and the oral test (three levels: basic, medium and advanced). The writing exam and the oral test are independent from one another.

(Confucius Classroom at the Sao Paulo Asian Cultural Center contributed to this report)