Preparation Course

1-52 Weeks
Lessons Per Day
4/6 Hours
Daily Meals
Student Number
Program Start
Any Monday
Tuition Starting From
US $710
language levels
Any level

Course Features

In the HSK Test Preparation Program, I will:

  • Study Chinese one-on-one intensively by following the HSK course
  • Prepare for the HSK test and pass the test in the shortest possible time
  • Learn test-taking techniques to help me master the test
  • Be provided with full accommodation and meals – study, dining, single room accommodation, and gym in one building.
  • Have a personal and customized study plan created for me based on my current HSK level

Is this program
for me?


China’s Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi, known as HSK or the Chinese Proficiency Test, is a standardized test to assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers.

HSK Certificates are:
(1)to certify that the holder has acquired the required Chinese Proficiency to enter a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.
(2)to certify that the holder can be exempt from taking the Chinese language course depending on the level of certification.
(3)as a basis for the employers to evaluate the Chinese proficiency of the job applicants.


Keats has a professional team of excellent Chinese teachers. All the teachers in the HSK research team are carefully selected and have rich experience helping students with HSK preparation. You will learn the latest and most useful test-taking techniques created by our team. The Keats team will create personal study plans for you. Professional teachers will design the HSK class materials and track your progress according to your previous Mandarin Chinese level to make sure that you get the most value for the time you spend at Keats.


One-on-one teaching is the fastest way to help you pass the HSK test. Four/Six hours of intensive Mandarin Chinese lessons with effective teaching methods per day will help you learn Chinese and master the HSK test as quickly as possible.

As an expert in the HSK test preparation program, Keats has taught a significant number of foreign students and has helped them successfully pass the test. We are highly professional in helping students master different Chinese language points and various test-taking techniques for the HSK test.


Your private room is located in the same building as the school and is a quick 5-minute walk to our cafeteria, where we serve Chinese food, gym, and classrooms. Step outside your residence, and you are conveniently located in the city center with easy access to all that Kunming has to offer. There are many things in Kunming that you can explore. Keats students find that there are so many things to do after the HSK classes. You may wonder why learn Chinese in Kunming. Here you will find answers to all your questions.

Locations Available for the HSK Test Preparation Course


We use various HSK test preparation materials to strengthen your test-taking skills. All macro-skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) are covered to ensure you are wholly prepared for the test.


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of personal information, daily life, dining, transportation and hobbies, etc; and being able to practice relevant social interactions.

Quantitative indicators:

Being proficient with 269 syllables, 300 Chinese characters, 500 Chinese words, and 48 grammar points.


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of simple social activities, family life, study arrangement, shopping, dining, and personal feelings, etc; and being able to practice relevant social interactions.

Quantitative indicators:

Being proficient with 468 syllables (199 increased), 600 Chinese characters (300 increased), 1,272 Chinese words (772 increased), and 129 grammar points (81 increased).


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of traveling experience, course schedule, cultural and sports events, festivals and customs, education and occupation, etc; and being able to practice relevant social interactions.

Quantitative indicators:

Being proficient with 608 syllables (140 increased), 900 Chinese characters (300 increased), 2,245 Chinese words (973 increased), and 210 grammar points (81 increased).


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of community life, state of healthiness and wellbeing, campus life, daily working, animals, and plants, etc; and being able to practice relevant social interactions.

Quantitative indicators:

Being proficient with 724 syllables (116 increased), 1,200 Chinese characters (300 increased), 3,245 Chinese words (1,000 increased), and 286 grammar points (76 increased).


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse with topics of social relationships, lifestyles, learning methods, natural environment, social phenomenon, etc; and being able to practice relevant social interactions.

Quantitative indicators:

Being proficient with 822 syllables (98 increased), 1,500 Chinese characters (300 increased), 4,316 Chinese words (1,071 increased), and 357 grammar points (71 increased).


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse with topics of social life, business affairs, arguments and conflicts, social news, and comparison between China and other countries, etc; and being able to conduct relevant social missions.

Quantitative indicators:

Being proficient with 908 syllables (86 increased), 1,800 Chinese characters (300 increased), 5,456 Chinese words (1,140 increased), and 424 grammar points (67 increased).


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of social etiquette, science, and technology, culture, and arts, sports, emotions and affections, professional curriculum, etc; and being able to conduct relevant social interactions.

For example: being able to communicate with participants when attending a relatively formal meeting; being able to read and understand most learning materials of a professional subject as well as finish assignments of the subject.


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of language and literature, economy and politics, legal affairs, philosophy and history, etc; and being able to conduct relevant social interactions.

For example: being able to deliver profound conversation and have a discussion on topics of philosophy, religions, and current events; being able to do basic professional interpreting works; being able to express his/her own, call into question and declaim reasons for complaint when there are conflicts.


Topics and tasks:

Being able to converse on topics of academic research, policy and regulations, business and trades, international affairs, etc; and being able to conduct relevant social interactions.

For example: being able to participate in business negotiation and debate with the counterpart under a formal circumstance; being able to read and understand documents with formal patterns and terms, such as policies and regulations, or a study report; in addition, being able to make decent comments on the topic.



  • You can choose to study for 4 hours per day (20 hours/week) or 6 hours per day (30 hours/week).
  • We use unique teaching methods developed by Keats. Your teacher(s) will prepare the lessons according to your level of Chinese and your learning goals, to make sure that you learn the most Chinese in the shortest possible time.
  • As an outstanding organization for helping students pass the HSK test, we are passionate about the progress each of our students makes.


  • Located in the SAME building as the school.
  • Clean, safe, convenient, and comfortable.
  • The room contains a bed, bedsheets, desk and chair, wardrobe, fridge, water dispenser, 24-hour hot water, and wifi.
  • Free room cleaning service is offered once a week.

Program Certificate

As an outstanding Chinese language institute that is well established for nearly 20 years, we offer students program certificates at the end of the program. You can use it for:

  • Job application
  • Degree program application
  • Proof of a memorable experience
  • Proof of your Chinese level

Free Services

FREE - 3 Meals a Day

  • Authentic Chinese Cuisine: Keats Cafeteria uses fresh produce to prepare delicious Chinese meals with top-quality oil.
  • We offer various choices for vegetarians.
  • Keats Cafeteria is the best place to meet and chat with other students. It is also a good time to practice your Chinese with Keats teachers during meal times.

Airport Pick-up and Drop-off

We also offer train station pick-up and drop-off. Just email us your arrival and departure details and we will make arrangements for you.

Free - Access to All Keats Facilities

You will have FREE access to Keats Fitness Center, Keats Library, Keats Cafeteria, Keats Time Cafe, self-study rooms, and laundry rooms.

Free - Evening Activities

  • Every Monday & Wednesday: Movie night. With the big movie screen at Keats, you can choose any movie from our thousands of options.
  • Every Tuesday: App night. Learn to use Chinese mobile apps.
  • Every Thursday: Chinese culture night. Learn to play mahjong, taste Chinese tea, make dumplings, watch traditional opera, make Chinese snacks, do Chinese painting, etc.
  • Every Friday: Fun night. Visit night markets, Karaoke TV, play badminton, role play, etc.

FREE Saturday Excursions

In order to make the most out of your time at Keats, we take you to explore various interesting places during the weekend to help you have a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. We offer FREE excursions every Saturday. There are so many reasons to learn Chinese in Kunming. You will fall in love with this amazing city when you come to learn Chinese.

Chinese Language Partner

In order to create more opportunities for Keats students to practice Mandarin Chinese outside of classrooms, the Friends Program at Keats provides the opportunity to make friends with Chinese people. You will be paired with a local Chinese who can speak standard Mandarin. Keats has strict criteria for selecting Chinese people with standard accents to join the Friends Program. You and your language partners are encouraged to take part in all activities at Keats and also check out things to do in Kunming.

Life Advisor

Your “Life Advisor” will be helping you with

  • School orientation;
  • A tour of the surrounding area (supermarket, hospital, SIM card, metro station, restaurants, post office, etc.)
  • Accommodation registration;
  • Arranging room cleaning and bottled water ordering;
  • Arranging airport drop-off.

Study Advisor

Your “Study Advisor” will be helping you with

  • Collecting your learning feedback;
  • Tracking your satisfaction with the program;
  • Answering questions in learning Chinese;
  • Adjusting your class to meet your requirements;
  • Arranging make-up lessons;
  • Arranging lessons if you want to extend your stay or add extra lessons.

FREE 24/7 Support

Whenever you need help, we are here to help. We understand that living abroad can be stressful, especially for the first time. We are here to ease your concerns and make your transition smooth. Keats is your home in China and is with you all the time.

Benefits for Keats Students

50% Off at Keats Time Cafe

We use the arabica coffee grown in Yunnan to prepare espresso, latte, cappuccino, and mocha. Keats students will receive 50% discount for all drinks at Keats Time Cafe, which is located in the school building. Each day we strive to deliver an exceptional hospitality experience at Keats. A day full of energy starts from a cup of good coffee or tea.

Keats Student ID

As a Keats student, you can request a student ID. With the student ID, you can receive student’s prices or discounted prices at 80% parks in China. This saves you a lot of money which you can invest in your Mandarin Chinese classes. The student ID provides the best opportunity to travel in China on a budget. You will receive a variety of benefits as a Keats student.


Keats offers support for your student/tourist visa application. After you complete your registration at Keats, we will send you instructions on how to get your student/tourist visa with help from Keats. Keats can also provide dependent visas for your spouse and children.

Internships Available

In order to create more opportunities for Keats students to have a deep insight of Chinese culture and work with Chinese people side by side,  Keats officially works with China Science and Technology Service Cooperation Center for South Asia and SouthEast Asia. If you want to do an internship while you learn Mandarin in China and put what you have learned in the Chinese language course into practical use, we have positions such as assistant project manager available. If you want to start your own company in China, we can also offer consultation on legal issues and office rent.


8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast at Keats Cafeteria

8:30am – 12:30pm One-on-one HSK preparation Chinese lessons or free time on your own

12:30pm – 1:20pm Lunch at Keats Cafeteria

1:30pm – 5:30pm One-on-one HSK preparation Chinese lessons or free time on your own

6:00pm Dinner at Keats Cafeteria

7:00pm – 9:00pm Movie night/Cultural activities


Access to Online Learning Materials
Access to Keats Fitness Center
High speed internet and use of the computers
Saturday Excursion
Medicine for minor illnesses


Joleen | Germany
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

About studying Chinese here, I think the living condition is very convenient because the dorm is very close to the classroom. Our teachers really enjoy teaching Chinese. They are also very passionate. Compared with other cities in China, Kunming has really good weather.

Joep | Netherlands
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I have been to Keats School to learn Chinese for 4 times now. The reason for coming back to this school is pretty much that the teachers I did work with were very good Chinese teachers. I make it a 5-year plan or even a 10-year plan to come back to this school.  All the teachers have methods of looking at what your skills are. They are aware of at what level you are. I think it is worth for everyone.

Faith | UK
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I have 2 teachers, and I do 4 hours a day. So I have got Dong Laoshi and Jin Laoshi. Both of them are very good. They made the experience very nice to me. They are willing to help you whenever, so if you ever have a question here, the teachers are always there to help you whether it is visas, whether it is getting around the city. Everyone wants to talk to you.

Sarah | Dubai
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

My teachers are all excellent. They trained the teachers so professionally. I feel like I learn very quickly with my teacher. They are very serious about their students and I know every teacher is like this. I would highly recommend that you come to Keats if you are looking for the best Chinese school in China.

Sanny | USA
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I have to say it’s tons of fun. I have been here for 2 weeks. Not knowing what it was gonna be like, I was more than surprised at how great it is. The teachers are great, they are understanding. They do a Chinese language program that suits just you. The location is perfect for learning Chinese in China.

Shihori | Japan
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

In the one-to-one intensive Chinese course, you can choose the learning method you like. The small group Chinese class in China at Keats follows the HSK textbook. Teachers often collect feedback from the students, teachers listen to our requirements and opinions. I felt that my oral level is better than before .

Ivo | Switzerland
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

They really care about what our interests are, what questions we have, what requirements we have. Then they adjust our Chinese language program content according to the situations. One teacher and one student, so it is easy to keep your focus for the 6 hours of immersion Mandarin lessons. It is very convenient to study, live and eat in one building.

Dr. Med. Beatrice | Austria
Intensive One-on-One Chinese Classes

I decided to learn Chinese in Kunming because I like smaller cities and I like the climate here. We had four hours a day study here and my dear teacher taught me very much and never lost her patience with me. It was a really wonderful experience to be here and I recommend Keats school and the teachers here to everyone who likes to learn Chinese in China.


What's the difference between the Intensive One-on-one Chinese Classes and the HSK Test Preparation Course?

The HSK Test Preparation Course is also one-on-one based, but it uses the HSK standard course as the textbook. It follows the HSK curriculum to help you understand where you are according to the HSK evaluating system. If you are not aiming to pass the test, you can also choose this program if you prefer to follow the HSK system. It is a comprehensive program comprising speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The Intensive One-on-one Chinese classes are more customized. We use a wide range of textbooks for this program, and your teacher will select the most suitable textbook for your learning goals and expectations. You can also have your own focus, such as speaking and listening. If you prefer to use your own textbook, that is also possible for the Intensive one-on-one Chinese course. The content for the Intensive one-on-one Chinese course is more catered to your needs. For example, you can take this program to facilitate your university Chinese course, to use Chinese at work better, to be able to travel alone in China, to expand your personal hobbies, etc.

How long does it take to pass each HSK level if I choose the HSK Test Preparation Course?

If you are a complete beginner, it takes around:

3 – 4 weeks to pass the HSK 1

7 – 8 weeks to pass the HSK2

10 – 12 weeks to pass the HSK 3

14 – 16 weeks to pass the HSK 4

40 – 52 weeks to pass the HSK 5

1.5 – 2 years to pass the HSK 6

If you have already studied some Chinese and have a foundation, the time to pass each level would be less.

Please note that this is an estimated learning path. Each student’s learning time might be different due to personal experiences. But don’t worry. Keats has taught a significant number of international students and has helped them successfully pass the test.


Your accommodation at Keats starts on Sunday. You can arrive on a Sunday and start your lessons on Monday. The check-out date is Saturday after you finish your lessons on Friday. If it is hard to find the best flight to arrive on Sunday or to leave on Saturday and you need to arrive one day earlier or leave one day later, that’s also possible. The extra cost for accommodation is RMB 200/night.

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