China's Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, known as HSK or Chinese Proficiency Test, is a standardized test at the state level designed by the HSK Center of Beijing Language and Culture University to assess Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers (foreigners, overseas Chinese and students of Chinese national minorities). HSK consists of the basic Chinese proficiency test (HSK Basic), the elementary and intermediate Chinese proficiency test (HSK Elementary-Intermediate) and advanced Chinese proficiency test (HSK Advanced). HSK is held regularly in China and other countries each year. Certificates of HSK will be issued to those who have secured the required scores.
The Chinese Ministry of Education has established the China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)(CNCCPT). The Committee supervises the HSK and issues Chinese proficiency certificates. CNCCPT has an office called the Office of China National Committee for Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), which takes care of HSK affairs, along with the HSK Center of BLCU.