Chinese Tests

YCT

Youth Chinese Test

The new YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency.  As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has organized experts  from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program,  conducting surveys in order to understand the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teachingandlearning.

I. Test Structure

The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young foreign students' abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into four levels, namely, the YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The speaking test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level).

Writing Test
 
Speaking Test
YCT (Level IV)
 
YCT (Intermediate Level)
YCT (Level III)
 
YCT (Beginner Level)
YCT (Level II)
 
YCT (Level I)


II. Test Levels

The different levels of the new YCT are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

New HSK
Vocabulary
CLPS
CEF
HSK (Level VI)
Over 5,000
Level V
C2
HSK (Level V)
2500
C1
HSK (Level IV)
1200
Level IV
B2
HSK (Level III)
600
Level III
B1
HSK (Level II)
300
Level II
A2
HSK (Level I)
150
Level I
A1


Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level I) can understand and use some of the most common Chinese phrases and sentences and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level II) can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level III), havingreached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level IV) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. When travelling in China, they can manage most forms of communication in Chinese.

III. Test Principles

The new YCT aims to improve Chinese language learners’ self-confidence and follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”. It bases the design of the test on current trends in international Chinese language training and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. The purpose of the test is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing”.

IV. Test Purposes

The YCT is intended for students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. The results of the test can serve various purposes:

1. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.

2. A reference for Chinese language training in schools.

3. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

4. Abenchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

V. Results Certificate

Test takers will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

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