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What qualifications do we teach at Hua Hsia?

We have classes for both the iGCSE qualification and Cambridge Pre-U qualification. These courses are taught at our Hampstead Branch. To find out more please visit our Courses page!

We also can guide students towards GCSE qualifications through private tuition sessions.

Lastly, we use the YCT and HSK as optional tests to build confidence and give our younger students (7-12) a goal to work towards. Parents can also use these exams as a measure to see how their children have improved in the past year of study. More information on the YCT and HSK exams below.

Update 18.05.19

Our students have done amazingly well this year on their YCT and HSK exams. We achieved a 98% pass rate with 30% of our students achieving full marks and 75% of our students scoring 90% or above in their exams. Congratulations to all those who took part!

Our next set of exams will take place in March 2020.

Find out more about YCT and HSK Chinese proficiency tests below.


The Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

YCT is an international standardised Chinese language test, directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school student’s Mandarin language abilities.

In the last three years, Hua Hsia Chinese School has increased its efforts to raise the profile of Chinese language teaching and learning within a recognised accredited framework, (AQA, Edexcel, CIE, and OCR). Alongside cultural experiences and Chinese Mandarin clubs, more and more schools have introduced Mandarin into their timetable and could achieve International proficiency recognition by choosing to incorporate the Youth Chinese Test (YCT). YCT is an international standardised Chinese language test which is aimed at examining non-native primary and secondary pupil’s abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. According to the students’ ability, teachers help to choose what level of the test the student would take. YCT consists of two independent parts: the written and oral test. The written test ranges from YCT Levels 1 to 4 and the oral exam comprises the YCT Beginner Level and YCT intermediate Level. On one hand, the Chinese learner may use the proficiency test to understand and measure their language ability and prepare for further study. On the other hand, it is a useful tool for schools to evaluate their teaching. In 2017 CFBL in Kentish Town took part in YCT Testing as part of their Mandarin learning.  

HSK (Chinese proficiency test)

The HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) test is China’s only official test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. It is open to foreign students, overseas Chinese, and members of ethnic minority groups in China, and provides the global standard for Chinese language proficiency from beginner to advanced level.  It also provides a concrete demonstration of your ability to prospective employers, foreign institutions and other international organisations. The test is administered by Hanban, a non-government organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the Chinese government.

As of September 2015, Hua Hsia Chinese School is an official YCT & HSK Test Centre for Hanban . The New HSK comprises six levels: • Levels 1, 2 and 3 are entrance-level examinations that correspond to our basic level courses. • Levels 4, 5 and 6 correspond to our intermediate and advanced level courses. 

YCT and HSK examinations

Hua Hsia sit the paper based examinations

Click here to download our YCT Application Form

Click here to download our HSK Application Form. 


The deadline for each YCT and HSK examination is one month before the exam date. Applications received after the deadline will not be processed. As places are limited, early registration is recommended. The precise test time and venue will be confirmed by email at a later date once we have received your registration. 

How to proceed

In order to register to take the YCT or HSK examination level 1 – 6, you need to have your completed registration form and payment. Please send in the form with payment one month before the exam date. 

Exam fees

Exam fees for each level, excluding a £10 administration fee, are as follows:


• Level 1 – £5

• Level 2 – £10

• Level 3 – £20

• Level 4 – £25


• Level 1 – £20

• Level 2 – £30

• Level 3 – £40

• Level 4 – £50

• Level 5 – £60

• Level 6 – £70 

We accept external candidates for the YCT and HSK exams held at Hua Hsia.

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