Confucius Institute

2015 Chinese Proficiency Exams HSK/YCT/BCT

Testing and Registration Dates
Registration Process and Costs
Results and Certificate
About HSK/YCT/BCT Testing
Test Structure
Selecting the Appropriate Testing Level
Testing Principles
Testing Purposes

TESTING and REGISTRATION DATES

 

Testing Date

Registration Deadline

Results Released

HSK

March 28th , 2015

February 25th, 2014

April 6th, 2015

HSKK

March 28th , 2015

February 25th, 2014

April 6th, 2015

 

For assistance with registration, or for additional information, contact Mu Li at m.li17@csuohio.edu or by phone at 216-523-7127.

REGISTRATION PROCESS AND COSTS
Registration Procedure :
1 ) Step 1: Fill the online registration form, being careful to note whether you intend to take a paper- or internet-based test.

 

2)  Step 2: Email your registration photo.

In order to complete the registration process, applicants must email a clear photo of themselves for registration and identification to: ci.marketing@csuohio.edu to finish the registration. Please name the image file with your ID name and title the email as "Photo - ID NAME - TEST TAKEN." (e.g.: "Photo - John Smith - HSK Level II") All images should be a clear portrait of only the test-taker, and should not be larger than 100kb.

3) Step 3: Mail the registration fees;

Registration will not be considered complete unless applicants have paid all fees by check to the Confucius Institute before the registration deadline. Separate fees for multiple tests may be paid in a single payment. Groups registering together are also welcome to submit a single check for all registered testing services. Payments may be delivered in person or mailed to:

Cleveland State University
Confucius Institute
2121 Euclid Avenue
Rhodes Tower, Room 1214A
Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Checks should be made payable to the CSU Foundation with "Confucius Institute" noted in the memo field.

REGISTRATION Costs:
HSK Application Fees
Writing Test Application Fee Oral Test (HSKK) Application Fee
Level 1 $20 Beginner Level $20
Level 2 $30
Level 3 $40 Intermediate Level $30
Level 4 $50
Level 5 $60 Advanced Level $40
Level 6 $70
YCT Application Fees
Writing Test Application Fee Oral Test Application Fee
Level 1 $10 Beginner Level $15
Level 2 $15
Level 3 $20 Intermediate Level $15
Level 4 $25
BCT Application Fees
BCT (A) $50
BCT (B) $80
RESULTS AND CERTIFICATE

Results will be posted online four to six weeks after the test date.  Printed official test results will be sent to the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University approximately two months after the test date.  We will email the test takers once we receive certificates from the testing authority.

Test results for the HSK and HSKK are valid for up to two years from the testing date.

For additional copies of test results,  test-takers may file a request at www.chinesetest.cn.

ABOUT HSK/YCT/BCT TESTING

The new HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

The YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage non-native 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 BCT is an international, standardized exam that focuses on testing non-native Chinese speakers' abilities to use the Chinese language in business and work environments, and the test evaluates the complexity of language tasks they are able to complete.  Oriented toward speaking and listening skills and emphasizing workplace language skills, the test aims to replicate actual workplace situations and uses practical business communication as a metric to examine test-takers' abilities to use Chinese in the workplace.

TEST STRUCTURE - HSK

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 new HSK consists of a written test and an oral test which are independent of each other. There are six levels of written tests, HSK Level I – HSK Level VI, as well as three levels of oral testing, namely the HSK (beginner level), HSK (intermediate level), and HSK (advanced level). During the oral test, test takers’ speech will be recorded.

Writing Test

Oral Test

HSK (Level I)

HSK (Beginner Level)

HSK (Level II)

HSK (Level III)

HSK (Intermediate Level)

HSK (Level IV)

HSK (Level V)

HSK (Advanced Level)

HSK (Level VI)

TEST STRUCTURE - YCT

The 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 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).

Writing Test

Oral Test

YCT (Level I)

YCT (Beginner Level)

YCT (Level II)

YCT (Level III)

YCT (Intermediate Level)

YCT (Level IV)

TEST STRUCTURE - BCT

The new Business Chinese Test (BCT) consists of two levels, an introductory-level BCT (A), and a more advanced BCT (B).

SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE TESTING LEVEL

Different levels of the HSK and YCT are comparable 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:

 

HSK Level

Vocabulary Words

Student Suitability

Test type

Points

Remarks

HSK Level 1

150

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for one semester or more.

There are 2 sections and a total of 40 questions. Listening and reading.

Total test time 40 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 120 in total will pass the test.

HSK scores expire after 2 years

HSK Level 2

300

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for 2 semesters or more.

There are 2 sections and a total of 60 questions. Listening and reading.

Total test time 55 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 120 in total will pass the test.

 

HSK Level 3

600

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for 3 semesters or more.

There are 3 sections and a total of 80 questions. Listening, reading, and writing.

Total test time 90 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 180 in total will pass the test.

Scholarship application

 

No Pinyin

HSK Level 4

1200

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for 4 semesters or more.

There are 3 sections and a total of 100 questions. Listening, reading, and writing.

Total test time 105 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to complete personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 180 in total will pass the test.

 

HSK Level 5

2500

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for 5 semesters or more.

There are 3 sections and a total of 100 questions. Listening, reading, and writing.

Total test time 125 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 180 in total will pass the test.

Study abroad to China

HSK Level 6

5000

Students who can communicate fluently with others in Chinese. Native or near-native speaking level.

There are 3 sections and a total of 101 questions. Listening, reading, and writing.

Total test time 140 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 180 in total will pass the test.

 

HSKK

Beginner Level

200

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for one semester or more.

There are 3 sections and a total of 27 questions.

Total test time 17 minutes (including 7 minutes for students to prepare their answers).

Exam is recorded

Total points: 100

 

HSKK Intermediate Level

900

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for 3 semesters or more.

There are 3 sections and a total of 14 questions.

Total test time 21 minutes (including 10 minutes for students to prepare their answers).

Exam is recorded

Total points: 100

 

HSKK Advanced Level

3000

Students who have 2-3 class hours of Chinese per week and have studied Chinese for 5 semesters or more

There are 3 sections and a total of 6 questions.

Total test time 24 minutes (including 10 minutes for students to prepare their answers).

Exam is recorded

Total points: 100

 

 

YCT Level

Vocabulary

Students

Test Type

Score

YCT Level 1

80

Students who have studied Chinese for over 80 class hours and have memorized the most commonly used Chinese words and simple sentence structures.

There are 2 sections and a total of 35 questions. Listening and reading.

Total test time 35 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 120 in total will pass the test.

YCT Level 2

150

Students who have studied Chinese for over 150 class hours and have memorized a greater number of Chinese words and more complex sentence structures.

There are 2 sections and a total of 40 questions. Listening and reading.

Total test time 50 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).)

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 120 in total will pass the test.

YCT Level 3

300

Students who have studied Chinese for over 250 class hours and can make simple communication with others by Chinese.

There are 2 sections and a total of 60 questions. Listening and reading.

Total test time 60 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 120 in total will pass the test.

YCT Level 4

600

Students who can do some living and study communication by using Chinese.

There are 3 sections and a total of 80 questions. Listening, reading and writing.

Total test time 85 minutes (including 5 minutes for students to fill in personal information).

100 points for each section.

Students who get a score over 180 in total will pass the test.

The new Business Chinese Test (BCT) consists of BCT (A) and BCT (B).  The new BCT strictly follows the requirements provided in Standards for Chinese Language Competence.  The correspondence between the new BCT, Standards for Chinese Language Competence, and the HSK is as follows:

New BCT S.B.C.L.C HSK
BCT (A) Level 1 Level 1
Level 2 Level 2
Level 3 Level 3
BCT (B) Level 4 Level 4
Level 5 Level 5
N/A Level 6

BCT (A) Level 1:  Incapable of communication in Chinese in business activities.
BCT (A) Level 2:  Capable of basic communication in Chinese in business activities.
BCT (A) Level 3:  Capable of fairly effective communication in Chinese in business activities.
BCT (B) Level 4:  Capable of fairly skillful communication in Chinese in business activities.
BCT (B) Level 5:  Capable of appropriate communication in Chinese in business activities.

Test takers will receive certificate according to the score they got after taking BCT test,

BCT (A) Level 1: Incapable of communication in Chinese in business activities.

BCT (A) Level 2: Capable of basic communication in Chinese in business activities.

BCT (A) Level 3 : Capable of fairly effective communication in Chinese in business activities.

BCT (B) Level 4: Capable of fairly skillful communication in Chinese in business activities.

BCT (B) Level 5 :Capable of appropriate communication in Chinese in business activities.

TESTING PRINCIPLES

The HSK/YCT/BCT tests follow the principle of “test/teaching correlation”, basing the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. The purpose of the tests is to “promote training through testing” and “promote learning through testing." The YCT/HSK/BCT emphasize the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluation and stress the learners’ actual Chinese language abilities. All three tests set clear test objectives to allow the test takers to be able to improve their Chinese language abilities in a systematic and efficient way. 
 

TESTING PURPOSES

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:
1. A reference for educational institutions concerning student recruitment, course assignments, allowing students to skip certain courses, and granting academic credits.
2. A reference for employers’ decision-making concerning the recruitment, training, and promotion of test takers.
3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

The YCT is intended for primary and secondary school 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 method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

The BCT is available world-wide and serves institutions and individuals who wish to assess business Chinese proficiciency.  Its main purposes include:
1. to provide a basis for employers to assess business Chinese proficiency when making recruitment, selection, placement, and promotion determinations.
2. to help relevant teaching and training institutions to assess the business Chinese proficiency of candidates in recruitment and class division.
3. to assess the practical skills achieved from instruction and training for such institutions.
4. to provide a certificate of proficiency for persons seeking employment or promotion in Chinese language institutions and businesses.
5. to help Chinese learners to understand, measure, and improve their abilities in business-oriented Chinese language.