On Dec. 2nd, 2012, the first internet-based HSK test center in the State of Arizona (USA), the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA), successfully hosted its first HSK test.
Altogether, 13 secondary school students from Tucson and the neighboring community of Oro Valley took the exams. Most of the students were also winners of the Chinese Language Day quiz show convened during the CIUA Chinese Cultural Festival held in October.
The test was convened at the Center for Computer and Professional Education in the Outreach College on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Confucius Institute staff members completed a great deal of preparation work for the exam, including advertising the test, choosing the test facility and computer preparation, organizing registration, guidance and mock testing to ensure that the test proceeded smoothly. The staff also communicated effectively with both HSK test centers in China and Canada, as well as other test sites, such as the Confucius Institute at San Francisco State University, receiving much deeply appreciated assistance from all.
After the test, some of the examinees remarked that the internet-based exam was really special and not as difficult as they imagined. Some also expressed hope that higher level HSK exams will open up opportunities for them to study and work in China in the future. The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona plans to host two HSK test sessions annually (May & Dec.), and will add more through time, as needed.