The HSK test in South Korea was held as scheduled despite the pandemic

2022-06-20 0 By

Candidates taking the online exam are waiting in the exam room.Photo: Liu Xu/Students waiting for the paper and pencil test in the exam room.Candidates taking the pen-and-paper test are answering questions.Photo by Liu Xu/Students taking the online exam are answering questions.Liu Xu Beijing, February 20 (Liu Xu Liu Jingni) “Drop, 36.5 degrees.”Please keep your distance and enter the test room in an orderly manner. Please wear a mask throughout the test.Candidates for the HSK(Chinese Proficiency test in Chinese) at the Overseas Chinese Middle School in Seoul, South Korea, entered the test site at around 9 a.m., local time, as scheduled.HSK is a standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers.According to Lee Kyung-min, director of HSK Korea Office, since 1993, HSK Korea office has opened more than 50 test centers in Seoul, Incheon, Suwon, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, Gwangju, Jeonju and Jeju in accordance with the Korea-China education agreement.After the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, the test was temporarily suspended due to restrictions such as venue and epidemic prevention materials. Now, although the test is back to normal and the combination of HSK PBT and HSK IBT has been successfully promoted, the number of applicants has decreased slightly.Compared with previous exams, the current severe epidemic situation in South Korea has brought many tests to both the students and the organizers of this exam.As the omicron mutant strain became the dominant strain in the ROK and the ROK government gradually eased its quarantine measures, the daily number of new COVID-19 cases exceeded 100,000 for two consecutive days, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to more than 1.85 million.In response, the test organizers, represented by The Overseas Chinese Middle School in Seoul, strictly implemented the test management and quarantine policy issued by the Korean government. On the other hand, the school provided relevant quarantine materials as much as possible according to the requirements of the Korean Bureau of HSK, and carried out comprehensive quarantine work before and after the test.In addition, HSK’s Korean Affairs Office will postpone the test or refund the test fee in full for those who have confirmed COVID-19 cases or suspected COVID-19 cases.It is worth noting that despite the fact that people-to-people and cultural exchanges between China and the ROK have decreased compared to the past, the enthusiasm of Rok students to learn Chinese and take the HSK test has not decreased.”Since the beginning of the year is the job-hunting season in Korea, the number of students who take the exam in January, February and March, hoping to gain additional points by obtaining a qualification certificate, has increased significantly,” said Yu Shik-seong, principal of Hwang Hwang Middle School in Seoul.A total of 193 students took the HSK test, which has been offered by Hwang Middle School since January this year.Kim So-hee (24), who took the HSK level 6, is a Senior student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.She says she started learning Chinese in her first year of junior high school, and the HSK exam gave her a stepping stone to further her studies in China.Kim Geun-hwan (29), who is working for a Chinese company, said that the HSK test is also helpful in getting a job at a Chinese company.He first chose to study Chinese because his father thought China had good prospects for development, and later developed a keen interest in Chinese culture.Talking about his experience, he, who has been studying Chinese for more than 10 years, said that chatting with Chinese friends at school and watching Chinese TV dramas such as The Story of Yanxi Palace can help improve his language skills.Knowing The language also allowed him to land a job faster and have a wider range of choices than other students in his class.According to the plan, the HSK test will be held once a month this year.In addition, according to THE Korean Affairs Bureau of HSK, 2022 will be the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and China. As the epidemic situation is gradually under control, the friendly cooperation and exchanges between the two countries will become active again, the demand for Chinese language masters in Korea will rebound, and the scale of Chinese language learners in Korea is expected to expand again.Source: Chinanews.com