新中小学汉语考试 (xīn zhōngxiǎoxué hànyǔ kǎoshì）YCT Test
Youth Chinese Test
The YCT exam was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage primary and secondary students who are non-native Chinese speakers to learn the language and improve their Chinese language proficiency.
This is an international standardized test to assess young foreign students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives.
It consists of a written test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other.
|Written Test||Oral Test|
|YCT Level 1|| |
YCT Beginner Level
|YCT Level 2||YCT Beginner Level|
|YCT Level 3||YCT Intermediate Level|
|YCT Level 4||YCT Intermediate Level|
YCT Written Test: Content and Levels
|YCT Written test||Vocabulary||Test Content||Test Duration||Total score|
|Level 1||80 words||Listening and reading comprehension||35 min.||200|
|Level 2||150 words||Listening and reading comprehension||50 min.||200|
|Level 3||300 words||Listening and reading comprehension||60 min.||200|
|Level 4||600 words||Listening and reading comprehension and speaking||85 min.||200|
*At least 60% of the total points must be scored to pass.
|Correspondence to HSK Levels||Chinese Language Proficiency Standard for Foreigners||Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF)|
HSK Level 1
|Level 3|| |
HSK Level 2
|Level 4||HSK Level 3||Level 3||B1|
YCT Speaking Test: Content and Levels
|Test Content||Test Duration||Total score*|
|Beginner Level||Test takers can repeat what they hear||15 min.||25 min. in total||100|
|Beginner Level||Test takers can answer based on what they hear||5 min.||25 min. in total||100|
|Beginner Level||Test takers can describe images||5 min.||25 min. in total||100|
|Intermediate Level||Test takers can repeat what they hear||10 min.||19 min. in total||100|
|Intermediate Level||Test takers can answer based on what they hear||2 min.||19 min. in total||100|
|Intermediate Level||Test takers can answer two questions||2 min.||19 min. in total||100|