Carmel students celebrate success on Chinese exams

Students at a college in St Helens have all passed their exams in Chinese proficiency tests (HSKs) after months of hard work. 

Carmel College is the University of Liverpool Confucius Institute’s (LCI) Confucius Classroom. A number of students study HSK1 and HSK2 throughout the school academic year. 

The HSK, or Chinese Proficiency test, is an international, standardised exam which tests and rates Mandarin Chinese language proficiency. It measures a learner’s mastery of Mandarin Chinese with 6 levels. HSK1 is beginner, and HS2 follows as the second easiest. 

The University of Liverpool Confucius Institute holds HSK tests offline and in-person. 

On 13 June, students from Carmel College took their HSK1 and HSK2 tests.  

This was after many months of hard work and study, guided by tutors Ms Yang and Mrs Guo from Liverpool Confucius Institute. 

All students passed, and a few achieved very high marks in their tests.  

Ms Yang said: “I am happy to have the opportunity to teach Mandarin to Carmel College students since September 2021.  

“They are a lovely group to work with, and now they have the knowledge and skills for daily Mandarin conversation.” 

There are 200 marks available in both tests, and four pupils in achieved high marks of 188-197 marks in their HS1 test. 

One student passed with an impressive 195 on their HS2 test. 

Carmel College teaching staff said they are very pleased with the students’ results and look forward to cooperating with Liverpool Confucius Institute next term for more Mandarin classes. Students also reported they enjoyed the Mandarin classes. 

LCI Deputy Director (China) commented: “We are very pleased to work with Carmel College and their students, who work hard and are very diligent.  

“We would like to invite them after the pandemic to join the Xi’an Jiaotong University Summer Camps. It is great to continue this teaching and relationship with Carmel College, our Confucius Classroom.” 

The upcoming September term will bring more exciting and inspiring Mandarin classes for Carmel College students, as they work towards developing even stronger Mandarin skills with support from the team at Liverpool Confucius Institute. 

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