As it was not possible to organize a paper-based language exam during the state of emergency, only the Confucius Institute at the University of Szeged in Hungary provided an opportunity for Chinese language examinees to take online YCT and HSK language exams from their own homes. This type of exam organized for the first time in the world in May 2020 was successfully organized by the staff of our Institute, which finally took place on June 28, 2020 (Sunday).
Due to the state of emergency caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the Chinese language exams originally scheduled for March 21, 2020 were postponed and then suspended indefinitely by the Institute. However, with the support of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, it was possible to take YCT and HSK Chinese language exams online from their own computer at home. Even if the Chinese language center laid down rather complicated technical and environmental conditions, in addition to YCT 2, candidates also applied for HSK Level 1 to HSK Level 5 exams. Due to the difficulties, after several preliminary discussions, we also organized a mock language exam, where we managed to improve the organizational tasks of the online language exam at home.
We also would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations on the courage of the language examinees in overcoming the obstacles raised by the online language exam, which was full of unknown and technical challenges. Although we are confident that this type of exam will no longer be needed in the future, but if necessary, from now on based on our experience, we will be able to organize a digital language exam, too.