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Confucius Institute at the University of Latvia held the second online HSK examination in 2022 as scheduled

Confucius Institute at the University of Latvia held the second online HSK examination in 2022 as scheduled

On Saturday, June 25, 2022, Beijing time, the second annual Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) in Latvia officially started. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is still an online test. From May 31st to June 9th, 2022 is the registration time for the HSK exam. Although it was not the first exam this year, the institute has received information from candidates who were eager to register. The Confucius Institute’s exam this time covers HSK Level 1 to Level 4, and HSKK Elementary and Intermediate. A total of four sessions have been arranged. The HSK test is always done by adhering to the principle of fairness and openness. Candidates use the test client dedicated to Chinese Testing International to answer the questions and use the camera to take a snapshot in real time; the examiners use the Zoom conference software to record the whole process as the second camera for invigilating.

Shang Quanyu, Chinese director of Confucius Institute at University of Latvia, has actively organized relevant staff to cooperate closely and arranged for the chief examiner, Bai Bingyu, to make a detailed exam work plan before the exam, and Anastasija Galkina, secretary of the Confucius Institute as the translator during the test, in a timely manner, to implement the test notice, etc. After intensive preparations, the exam went smoothly.

At 13:00 on June 18th, 2022, Beijing time, 8:00 a.m. for Latvia local time, all invigilators used the Zoom conference software and the HSK test client to conduct a collective mock test for candidates. Starting at 13:00 on Saturday, June 25th, the first exam (HSK2 & HSK4) was prepared. Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Shang Quanyu, Li Min, all invigilators and candidates entered the meeting room on time. The invigilators assisted all candidates to log in the examination system, in the verification of equipment and environment in an orderly manner, and clarify the examination instructions. The examination officially started at 14:00 in the afternoon. Then, the second(HSKK intermediate), the third (HSK2&HSK4) and the fourth(HSKK elementary)tests were also carried out in sequence. During this period, some problems occurred, such as candidates were unfamiliar with the examination process, computer equipment malfunctioned, etc. The technicians from Chinese Testing International, chief invigilators, and back-office technicians of the Institute searched for solutions for the candidates at the first time, so as to appease the emotions of the candidates, solve the problems for the candidates, and ensure the candidates get back to normal as soon as possible and successfully complete the exam. Invigilators summarize and reflect in a timely manner in order to improve and enhance the network invigilation work.

The last HSK home-based online test ended successfully at 22:40 Beijing time. The online test at home breaks through the barriers of time and space. Candidates can gather in the online test room, and the invigilators are able to provide help and guidance to the examinee in real time. Looking forward to the near future, the Confucius Institute at the University of Latvia will have the first offline examination after the pandemic, and provide candidates with more authentic and considerate examination services. We wish all candidates the best of luck in this HSK examination!






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