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Chinese Proficiency Tests

 

YCT

 

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Youth Chinese Test (YCT)
The 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)

 

 

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

New YCT

Vocabulary

HSK (Level VI)

 

Over 5,000

HSK (Level V)

 

2,500

HSK (Level IV)

 

1,200

HSK (Level III)

YCT (Level IV)

600

HSK (Level II)

YCT (Level III)

300

HSK (Level I)

YCT (Level II)

150

 

YCT (Level I)

80

 

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.