Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

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Introduction

The new YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has organized experts from different disciplines such 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.

Test Structure

The YCT (Level I) test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 35 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 5 20 About 10 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 3 min
II. Reading Part I 5 15 17 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Total / 35 About 30 min

 The duration of the test is 35 minutes (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The YCT (Level II) test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 40 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 5 20 About 15 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 3 min
II. Reading Part I 5 20 27 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 5
Total / 40 About 45 min

The test will last for a total of 50 minutes (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The YCT (Level III) test is made up of listening comprehension and reading comprehension sections and contains a total of 60 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 10 35 About 20 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 5
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 5 min
II. Reading Part I 5 25 30 min
Part II 5
Part III 5
Part IV 10
Total / 60 About 55 min

The test will last for a total of 60 minutes (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

The YCT (Level IV) test is made up of listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing sections and contains a total of 80 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
I. Listening Part I 10 40 About 30 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 10
Filling out the answer sheet (Mark your answers for listening comprehension on Answer Sheet) 5 min
II. Reading Part I 5 30 30 min
Part II 10
Part III 10
Part IV 5
III. Writing Part I 5 10 15 min
Part II 5
Total / 80 About 80 min

The test will last for a total of 85 minutes (including 5 minutes in which the test takers fill in personal information).

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 min
Part II Listen and Reply 5 2 min
Part III Describe Pictures 5 4 min
Total 25 10 min

The test will last for a total of 17 minutes (including 7 minutes for preparation).

The YCT Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is made up of three parts and contains a total of 14 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 10 3 min
Part II Describe Pictures 2 3 min
Part III Answer Questions 2 3 min
Total 14 9 min

The test will last a total of 19 minutes (including 10 minutes for preparation).

Test Target

The YCT (Level I) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for three months, with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 80 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

The YCT (Level II) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for a semester (half an academic year), with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

The YCT (Level III) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for two semesters (one academic year), with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 300 common words and related grammar patterns.

The YCT (Level V) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for more than two semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

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.

The YCT (Intermediate Level) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for more than two semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 400 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.