Confucius Institute at The University of Toledo

HSK AND YCT TEST

Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) FAQs

 

WHAT IS IT?

The HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The new HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by the experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF TAKING THE HSK?

The new HSK retains the former HSK’s orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:

    • A reference for an educational institution’s decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and giving students academic credits.
    • A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.
    • A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
    • A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

Test-takers will receive a certificate of their results issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE HSK?

The new HSK consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. There are six levels of writing tests, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI). There are three levels of speaking tests, namely the HSK (beginner level), HSK (intermediate level), and HSK (advanced level). During the speaking test, test takers’ speeches will be recorded.

 

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE TEST?

The different levels of the new HSK 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:

 

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Test takers who are able to pass the HSK:

  • Level I can understand and use very simple Chinese phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
  • Level II have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Level III can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.
  • Level IV can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
  • Level V can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
  • Level VI can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

 

HOW DO YOU REGISTER FOR THE HSK?

Log onto www.chinesetest.cn in order to register for the HSK. If you are a first time user, please create an account in order to proceed. If you already have an account, please use your username and password to log in and then choose the test date and test center for your up next test.

 

 

 

 Youth Chinese Test (YCT) FAQs

 

WHAT IS IT?

The YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. The new YCT aims to improve Chinese language learners’ self-confidence and follows the principle of “test-teaching correlation”.  The design of the test is based on current trends in international Chinese language training and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. As part of this effort, 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.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF TAKING THE YCT?

The YCT is intended for students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. The results of the test can serve various purposes:

  • A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  • A reference for Chinese language training in schools.
  • A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.
  • A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

 

Test-takers will receive a certificate of their results issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE YCT?

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).

 

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF THE TEST?

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:

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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.
  • Level II can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.
  • Level III can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.
  • 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.

HOW DO YOU REGISTER FOR THE YCT?

Log onto www.chinesetest.cn in order to register for the YCT. If you are a first time user, please create an account in order to proceed. If you already have an account, please use your username and password to log in and then choose the test date and test center for your up next test.

 

 

 

HSK (Chinese Proficiency Test) and YCT (Youth Chinese Test)

 

1. REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THE TEST

Register

 

If online registration is not available at the selected test center, you can go to the test center to complete on-site registration and payment. 

 

Test Fees:

HSK:
          Level 1: $20.00;    Level 2: $30.00 ;     Level 3: $40.00;
          Level 4: $50.00;    Level 5: $60.00;      Level 6: $70.00

YCT:
          Level 1: $10.00;     Level 2: $15.00;     Level 3: $20.00;
          Level 4: $25.00

 

2. 2015 TEST TIME

 

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For additional information, please visit Chinese Testing International at http://www.chinesetest.cn.

3. CONTACT US:

Dawei.Han@utoledo.edu

Telephone: 419.530.8580

Fax: 419.530.4277

Last Updated: 6/9/16