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Young Learners Chinese Test (YCT) Proficiency Test

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota will offer the YCT to Chinese language students in elementary and middle schools. This page provides general information about the YCT, including the four levels of the writing test, registration procedures and fees.


What is the YCT?

Young Learners Chinese Test is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal lives and work.

How does the new YCT compare with the new HSK?

The YCT is designed for young people and begins to measure proficiency at a lower level than the HSK. As students progress in their study of Chinese, they may continue to measure their proficiency by taking the HSK. The new levels of the YCT were developed to match with the new HSK written tests, the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and The Common European Framework Reference for Language. A comparison of these measurements:

New HSK

New YCT

Number of Characters

Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages

The Common European Framework Reference for Language,CEF

HSK- Level 6

 

Over 5000

Grade Five

C2

HSK- Level 5

 

5000

C1

HSK- Level 4

 

1200

Grade Four

B2

HSK- Level 3

YCT- Level 4

600

Grade Three

B1

HSK- Level 2

YCT- Level 3

300

 Grade Two

A2

HSK- Level 1

YCT- Level 2

150

Grade One

A1

 

YCT- Level 1

80

 

 

 

How do I know which level to take?

Descriptions of the six levels of the exam are provided below. A study guide with sample exam is available for all four levels (see below). Additional online practice tests are available at http://www.chinesetesting.cn/gosimexam.do and english.chinese.cn/onlinelearning/node_23207.htm

YCT- Level 1

Examinees who pass YCT-Level 1 can understand and use some most frequently used Chinese words and sentences, and prepare themselves for continuing their Chinese studies. The exam includes a listening section and a reading section and is 30 minutes in length. Sample exam [PDF].

YCT - Level 2

Examinees who pass YCT-Level 2 can understand and use some simple Chinese words and sentences to communicate. The exam includes a listening section and a reading section and is 45 minutes in length. Sample exam [PDF].

YCT-Level 3

Examinees who pass YCT-Level 3 can use Chinese in a simple and direct way, applying it in a basic topic in their daily lives. The exam includes a listening section and a reading section and is 55 minutes in length. Sample exam [PDF].

YCT-Level 4

Examinees who pass YCT-Level 4 can use Chinese to serve their demands in their personal lives and studies, and are able to complete most of the communicative tasks they experience during a visit to China. The exam includes a listening section, a reading section and a writing section and is 80 minutes in length. Sample exam [PDF].

What are YCT test scores used for?

Registration

Schools that would like to have Confucius Institute staff administer the paper-based or internet-based YCT to 20 or more students for May 2016 test dates should contact Emily Hanson at hans0996@umn.edu to register.

EXAM TYPE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Paper-based YCT exam April 8, 2016
Internet-based YCT exam May 2, 2016

YCT School-based Chinese Test Dates

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
(PAPER-BASED TEST)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE
(ONLINE TEST)
March 20-24, 2017 February 17, 2017 March 3, 2017
April 24-28, 2017 March 24, 2017 April 7, 2017
May 15-19, 2017 April 14, 2017 April 28, 2017

YCT Oral School-based Chinese Test Dates

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE
(PAPER-BASED TEST)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE
(ONLINE TEST)
May 15-19, 2017 April 14, 2017 April 28, 2017

Fees

YCT 1 $10
YCT 2 $15
YCT 3 $20
YCT 4 $25

Fees and registration for the YCT are NON-REFUNDABLE. If a school cancels any registration more than 48 hours in advance of the test date, the registration and fees will be applied to a future test date within one calendar year. Any registrations cancelled after the 48-hour deadline will not be rescheduled and all fees forfeited.

Test Results

Within three weeks after the test, schools can access their student test scores on the Confucius Institute Headquarters web site. Hard copies of the official score report will be sent to the Confucius Institute and then forwarded to the school.