Confucius Launches Chinese Online Test and Programs

The Confucius Institute and XuetangX have launched a platform for students around the world who want to learn Chinese and pass the HSK proficiency tests. The courses are available at www.chinesetest.cn. Beginners can register and access the course HSK Tsinghua Chinese: Start Talking with 1.3 Billion People.

The most attractive part of this course is the fact that it is closely connected with the HSK tests. There are exercises for the tests at the end of each unit. After completing the program, students who get more than 60% will receive an HSK (Level I and II) score report issued by Chinese Testing International (CTI).

HSK is China’s only standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for nonnative speakers. The new six-level HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. It is the result of coordinated efforts by domestic and foreign experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology, and educational measurement.

According to the president of XuetangX, Li Chao, “For months, our company and the Confucius Institute have been working together with the University of Tsinghua to enable the study of Mandarin in a simple and modern format. Research shows that students listen to lectures more attentively if they have been given a problem or task to solve before the lecture. In this regard, the structure that most MOOCs have—short video lectures alternating with assignments and quizzes—is perfect.”

XuetangX is a leading platform for lifelong learning, with more than nine million registered users.

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