The certificate cannot be reissued if the candidate loses the
certificate due to personal reasons.
The HSK certificate is like a "diploma": once you receive it, it
becomes your property and it is permanently valid. However, if you
wish to use your HSK scores to apply for admission to a college or
university in China, your scores are good for two years only from
the date you take the test.
All HSK certificates are issued by the National Commission for
the Chinese Proficiency Test, which is under the Ministry of
Education of China.
The HSK certificate(s) can serve the following purposes:
1) To certify that you have obtained the required Chinese
proficiency to enter a college or university in China as an
undergraduate or graduate student; to certify that you have
obtained the required Chinese proficiency and thus, you may be
exempted from taking certain Chinese language courses in your
institution (if your institution agrees to grant you
2) To serve as a reference when you apply for a job position
that requires a certain level of Chinese competency;
3) To win scholarships to study in China;
4) To test your Chinese proficiency if you are learning the
(China.org.cn January 14, 2008)