Chapter I General provisions
Article 1 This Measures was developed for the purposes of standardizing the identification and treatment of disciplinary violations in the Chinese Tests, maintaining the fairness and justice of the tests, and safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of the test takers.
Article 2 This Measures is applicable to the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), HSK Speaking Test (HSKK), Business Chinese Test (BCT) and Youth Chinese Test (YCT).
Article 3 In the event that any test taker who takes any of the above Chinese tests but violates any of the provisions or rules of the test, which affects the fairness and justice of the test, this Measures is applicable to the identification and treatment of the case.
Article 4 The Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) is responsible for managing and supervising the test-related work at various test sites. Each test site is responsible for the organization and implementation of the test, and shall, on the basis of the Measures hereof, identify and treat any disciplinary violation during the test. The Chinese Testing International is responsible for the interpretation and review of the Measures.
Chapter II Identification of a disciplinary violation
Article 5 A test taker, who does not observe the test rules or the instructions of the chief invigilator and has at least one of the following behaviors, shall be deemed as violating the test discipline:
(A) Carrying any article other than the specified items to the testing room or failing to place his/her articles at the specified location;
(B) Failing to comply with the instructions of the chief invigilator and opening the paper in advance; continuing to work on the paper after the chief invigilator has announced the end of the test or answering the questions of the next section ahead of scheduled time;
(C) Talking to or interfering with any other test taker during the test;
(D)Disturbing the order of the testing room with loud voice or other behaviors;
(E) Leaving the testing room halfway without the permission of the chief invigilator;
(F) Any other non-cheating behavior that does not comply with the instructions of the chief invigilator or the test rules.
Article 6 In case that a test taker has at least one of the following behaviors, which affects the fairness or justice of the Chinese Tests, he/she shall be deemed to have cheated on test:
(A) Acting as a surrogate test taker for anyone else or having any surrogate to take the test;
(B) Forging or altering the identification document or photograph;
(C) Copying the answers of any other test taker or assisting others to copy; taking by force any other test taker’s paper or answer sheet, or forcing any other test taker to provide convenience for his/her own plagiarism;
(D) Passing any article or exchanging the paper or answer sheet with others;
(E) Filling in the answer sheet with a name or a test admission ticket number or other information that does not match his/her identification;
(F) Taking a look at any material (including any electronic device) that is not allowed to be brought into the testing room;
(G) Using any communication device during the test;
(H) Copying, photographing or recording the questions, or taking the paper or answer sheet out of the testing room, or deliberately tearing the paper or answer sheet;
(I) Any other behavior that the chief invigilator considers to be cheating.
Article 7 In the event of any of the following behaviors is found by any test staff in the test site or from the Chinese Testing International during or after the test, it shall be deemed as cheating or a disciplinary violation:
(A) Failing to carry the specified certificate or carrying an expired certificate;
(B) Two or more answer sheets of the same subject and from the same testing room are found to be identical during the scoring process;
(C) The test is out of order or control so that a large number of test takers cheat;
(D) Any member of the test staff assists the cheating and is verified afterwards;
(E) Any other behavior that should be identified as cheating.
Article 8 The test takers should consciously maintain the order of the test site, follow the instructions of the test staff and shall not have any of the following behaviors that disturb the order of the testing room or the test-related work:
(A) Disturbing the order of the testing room on purpose;
(B) Refusing the instructions of any member of the test staff or obstructing his/her performance of management duties;
(C) Threatening, insulting, defaming, or framing any member of the test staff or any other test taker;
(4) Any other behavior that disturbs the order of test management.
Chapter III Treatment of disciplinary violations
Article 9 In the event that a test taker has any of the discipline-violating behaviors specified in Article 5, and the chief and other invigilators verbally inform the test taker of the violation, the test taker shall correct his/her behavior immediately. If the case is found again, his/her test shall be terminated and the scores be canceled.
Article 10 In the event that a test taker has any of the cheating behaviors specified in Article 6 and Article 7, his/her scores shall be canceled. In the confirmation of a test taker’s identity, if either of the following two behaviors specified in Article 6 is found, the test taker’s qualification for taking the test shall be cancelled and he/she shall be banned from taking it in two years:
(A) Acting as a surrogate test taker for anyone else or having any surrogate to take the test; and
(B) Forging or altering the identification document or photograph.
Article 11 In the event that a test taker has any of the behaviors specified in Article 8, the test taker’s scores shall be cancelled and he/she shall be banned from taking it in one year; if a test taker or any other person violates the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Administrative Penalties for Public Security, the case shall be submitted to and handled by the public security organ.
Chapter IV Supplementary provisions
Article 12 The staff in the test sites shall faithfully record the discipline-violating or cheating behaviors of any test taker and shall preserve the evidence to that effect.
Article 13 The test site shall collect and summarize the test takers’ records of disciplinary violations. After being determined and duly signed by the chief invigilator of the testing room and the general invigilator of the test site, the records shall be submitted to the Chinese Testing International.
Article 14 After a test site made its decision on the treatment of any disciplinary violation, a Notice of Disciplinary Violation Treatment shall be filled out, indicating the basic information of the person subject to the treatment, facts and basis for the treatment, and the content of the treatment decision. The Notice of Disciplinary Violation Treatment shall be presented to the person subject to the treatment.
Article 15 In the event that a test taker has any objection to the treatment decision on his/her identification, he/she may, within seven days after the receipt of the Notice, send an application to the Chinese Testing International for review.
Article 16 This Measures shall come into force as of the date of the promulgation. The previous version of the Measures for Disciplinary Violations issued by the Chinese Testing International shall be superseded and abolished at the same time.