The First HSK Is Held in Afghanistan

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Kabul University [Time]    2013-05-14 13:09:50 

Kabul, April 20th-April 21st - The HSK (known as the Chinese Proficiency Test) sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) was held in Afghanistan. It was the first HSK held in Afghanistan, and a total of 40 Afghan Chinese learners took the examination.

The test was held at the Confucius Institute at Kabul University. Twenty-nine examinees took the Level III test held on the afternoon of April 21st, and another 11 examinees took the Level V test held on April 20th. The test consisted of listening, reading and writing sections, and lasted 85 minutes.

An Afghan student, who had taken the Level III test, said that he was a student of Chinese Department at Kabul University and he wanted to improve his Chinese skills by taking this test and hoped for the opportunity to study in China.

According to Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, the examinees that pass the Level III test will have the opportunity to study in China for one year, and those who pass the Level V test will get the chance to study for a Master of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages in China.

The Confucius Institute at Kabul University was founded in 2008, and it is the only Confucius Institute in Afghanistan. For security reasons, the institute suspended classes in 2011. It resumed classes in April 2013. Currently, the Institute is operating with the joint efforts of the Chinese Department at Kabul University, and is offering undergraduate program in Chinese language. There is one teacher from China, two local Afghan teachers and about 100 students.

One Invigilator Reading out the Test Rules

Another Invigilator Instructing Examinee to Fill out the Answer Sheet