HSK TEST – What Is It? Why Is It Important For MBBS In China?

The Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) test is the Chinese Proficiency Test in Standard Chinese (a derivative of Mandarin Chinese). HSK Test is the normalised language proficiency test of China for non-native Chinese speaking people such as foreign students, employees & non-resident Chinese. The test is conducted by Hanban – an agency under the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. There are 6 levels of HSK test, the difficulty of the test increases from level 1 to level 6. Level 6 is the highest proficiency a non-Chinese resident can achieve in the HSK test.

As the competition for MBBS seats in India increases, the number of available seats is not increasing at the same rate. The best alternative that has emerged out of it is the option to study MBBS abroad. MBBS in foreign countries usually do not require students to write a competitive entrance test like NEET, there are more seats available and the fees turn out to be quite affordable even after including living costs. The fees for studying MBBS abroad in countries like China is turning out to be a cheaper option than studying MBBS in private medical colleges in India.

Recently, with more and more students applying to study MBBS or equivalent degree in China, the importance of HSK test has risen. Currently, Chinese medical universities require students to clear HSK Level 3 test to complete and graduate from their MBBS in China courses. Few universities that offer MBBS in China are now setting HSK Level 4 Test as a requisite. Clearing the HSK test can provide benefits to students applying for MBBS in China in the form of scholarships and easier admissions.

In the HSK test, students will be judged based on performance in different fields such as psychology, numerical measurements, linguistics and logical reasoning among others. The HSK test usually consists of 3 parts – Reading, Writing and Listening/Speaking.

The benefits that could be garnered by clearing level 3 or level 4 HSK Test by students wanting to study MBBS in China are numerous; the benefits are listed below:

  1. Admissions for MBBS in China:

Students with basic or slightly advanced level of Chinese fluency will be able to jump ahead in the line for admissions. Admissions and visas for studying MBBS in China is handed out on basis of the student’s fluency in Chinese, therefore knowing Chinese and clearing HSK test is an advantage for students aspiring to study MBBS in China.

  1. Scholarship Benefits during the MBBS course:

Students with fluency in Chinese language can clear level 3 or level 4 of HSK test easily, such students will be chosen by the universities to provide them with scholarship opportunities if any as clearing the HSK test displays the students’ ability to learn quickly.

  1. Future Internships & Employment in China:

Having cleared a HSK test enables a student studying MBBS in China to have more options and choices while applying for a job or an internship during or after the completion of the course. Employers prefer employees who know Chinese and hence clearing the HSK test is proof that the student is fluent in Chinese.