Why get a YCT Credential?
Who should take a YCT exam?
- Set goals for Chinese language proficiency
- Obtain recognition of Chinese language competency
- Be assessed on the same international language standards as candidates in other countries
- Certify Chinese language achievements
- Enrich a résumé
Youth Chinese Test
- Students in Mandarin Bilingual programs or in Chinese as a second language courses
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.
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 benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.
Test takers will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.