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Chinese Proficiency Tests

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YCT - Speaking Test

 

Beginner Level Speaking Test
Intermediate Level Speaking Test

 

 

Beginner Level


The YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) assesses test takers’ ability to expressing themselves orally in Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level I and Level II of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) can understand and use familiar everyday expressions that meet specific needs for communication.

I. Test Target
The YCT (Beginner Level) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for 1-2 semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 200 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

II. Test Content
The YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is made up of three parts and contains a total of 25 items.

Section

Number of Items

Duration (Min)

Part I

Listen and Repeat

15

4

Part II

Listen and Reply

5

2

Part III

Describe Pictures

5

4

Total

25

10

The test will last for a total of 17 minutes (including 7 minutes for preparation).
There are 15 items in Part I. For each item, a sentence recording will be played. The test taker should repeat the sentence.
There are 5 items in Part II. For each item, the recording of a question will be played. The test taker should provide a brief answer.
There are 5 items in Part III. Each item consists of a picture. The test taker should use 2-3 sentences to say something based on the picture.

III. Results Certificate
The maximum score of the YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is 100. A score of 60 or higher is considered a passing score.

Max Score

Passing Score

100

60


 

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Intermediate Level


The HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) assesses the test takers’ ability to express themselves orally in Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level V of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the C Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) can understand spoken Chinese and fluently express their ideas in Chinese.

I. Test Target
The HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) is intended for the students who have studied Chinese 2-3 class hours per week for more than 2 academic years. These students have mastered about 3,000 common words.

II. Test Content
The HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) is comprised of three parts, containing 6 items in total.

Section

Number of Items

Duration (Min)

Part I

Listen and Repeat

3

7

Part II

Read Aloud

1

2

Part III

Answer the Questions

2

5

Total

6

14

The duration of the test is 24 minutes (including 10 minutes for preparation).

There are 3 items in Part I. The recording of a passage will be played, and the test taker should repeat the content.
There is 1 item in Part II. There will be a passage on the test paper, and the test taker should read it out aloud.
There are 2 items in Part III. The test taker should answer the two questions on the test paper.

III. Results Certificate
The maximum score of the HSK Speaking Test (Advanced Level) is 100. A score of 60 or above is considered a passing result.

Max Score

Passing Score

100

60

As a Chinese language certificate for foreign students’ entry into Chinese colleges, the results of the HSK are valid for two years (beginning from the test date).

 

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