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).
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”.
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.
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:
|Level||Description of Language Skills||Test Structure||Duration(Min.)||Test Fee|
|Level 1||Test takers who reach YCT-Level 1 can understand and put into practice vocabulary and sentences for daily use and have a foundation to pursue more advanced Chinese studies.||Listening: 20 questions
Reading: 15 questions
|Level 2||Test takers who reach YCT-Level 2 can understand and use simple words and sentences to accomplish specific communication tasks.||Listening: 20 questions
Reading: 20 questions
|Level 3||Test takers who reach YCT-Level 3 can use Chinese language to do simple and direct conversation about familiar daily topic, and achieve excellent level in the primary Chinese.||Listening:35 questions
Reading: 25 questions
|Level 4||Test takers who reach YCT-Level 4 can complete basic communicative tasks in daily life and study. If traveling in China, YCT- Level 4 can handle most communication tasks they encounter.||Listening: 40 questions
Reading: 30 questions
Writing: 10 questions
|Saturday, April 4||Saturday, May 30||Saturday, August 22||Saturday, November 21|
Registration is now open for all test dates and will close 10 days prior to each test. Payment for the YCT should be made online after completing your test registration.
The next YCT offered at our Confucius Institute is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015.