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Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

The YCT test was launched by Hanban to encourage foreign students to learn the Chinese language and improve their language proficiency.  As part of this effort since 2004, Hanban has gathered many experts from differing disciplines 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 teaching and learning.

I. Test Structure

The new YCT test assesses young foreign students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT divides into the writing 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).

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:

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), having reached 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. A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

V. Results Certificate

Test takers are legible to receive their results of the new YCT within three weeks duration after the test.

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Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

The YCT test was launched by Hanban to encourage foreign students to learn the Chinese language and improve their language proficiency. As part of this effort since 2004, Hanban has gathered many experts from differing disciplines as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to understand….

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