March 25, 2018 03:00 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, March 25: LRI Confucius Classroom (LRICC), a Chinese language training center in the capital, has launched online examination system for Chinese language proficiency test from Saturday. The Chinese language proficiency test is an international standard test of Chinese language which is popularly known as HSK.
LRICC has become the first Chinese language center in Nepal to launch an online examination system for HSK test by replacing paper-based examination. As many as 62 Nepali students appeared for the first ever online HSK test at the center on Saturday.
Prabin Maharjan, online test administrator of the LRI Confucius Classroom, said that the online system is going to make HSK tests more scientific and easier for students as it requires simple click of the mouse.
“Most importantly, students will get test results within 15 days of the exam now. Otherwise, it used to take as long as 30 days in the traditional paper-based HSK examination. It is going to be helpful for students applying for scholarship in China, which requires HSK certificate,” he said.
Earlier, all the answer sheets had to be air mailed to China for checking and there was a greater risk of losing and misplacing the answer sheets, according to Maharjan. “But now, with the installation of the online system, answer sheets can be directly sent to Confucius Institute Headquarters for checking as the system is directly connected to the main server of the Beijing-based institute. So, the checking will also be quick, scientific and there will be no risk of misplacement of answer sheets,” he said.
According to him, over 100 students can take online test at a time at the center.
The training center, co-founded by Beijing International Chinese College and LRI School in 2011, has also been running Chinese language classes for students at Bagmati Boarding School and Jospeh High School in the capital. Apart from school students, the center also offers language courses to students pursing higher education in China, business entrepreneurs and tourist guides.
Bishwo Bhasa Campus and Kathmandu University also run Chinese language classes and conduct HSK tests but their examination is still paper-based.