Confucius Institute

HSK/HSKK/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

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TESTING and REGISTRATION DATES

HSK

Testing Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2016

 

Testing Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016

Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 24, 2016

 

hskk

Testing Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2016

 

Testing Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016

Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 24, 2016

 

YCT (Youth Chinese Test​)

Testing Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016

Registration Deadline: February 21, 20416

 

BCT

Testing Dates not Available

 

REGISTRATION PROCESS AND COSTS

Registration Procedure 

Step 1: Fill out the online registration form (Linked Here) and submit your registration photo, making sure to name your file with your Name + ID Number + Test Date (ex. "William Lee 827498 March 19th").

Step 2: Payments may be delivered in person or mailed (Checks should be made payable to the "CSU Foundation" with "Confucius Institute + 2016 Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK/YCT/BCT) + Students' Print Name” noted in the memo field.) 

 

MAILING ADDRESS

Yuling Xie / Rhodes Tower, Room 1210 / Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University / 2121 Euclid Avenue / Cleveland, OH 44115 

 

Introduction to the Chinese Proficiency Tests 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcT6JGIRubg

 

OVERVIEW OF HSK LEVELS

HSK Level 1/Level  2: Beginning learners who have learned half a year to one year of Chinese. No character writing. All of the characters on the test have Pinyin. 

HSK Level 3/Level  4: Intermediate learners who have learned two to four years. Emphasizes grammar and vocabulary. Has no pinyin.

HSK Level 5/Level  6: Advanced learners who have learned for more than five years, particularly for students majoring in Chinese. Emphasizes writing and culture. Has no pinyin. 

Note: In comparing Level 3 to Level 2, Level 5 to Level 4, etc. students should keep in mind the differences in language experience and test format between each grouping of levels.

 

MOCK TEST

If you are unsure about which test would fit your level, we recommend that you take a mock test. The tests on the website below are a good indicator of your current ability and potential score on the actual exam.

http://mnks.cnhsk.org/Mnks/Simulate/Default.aspx?lang=en-US

 

PASS RATE 2014-2015

HSK 1 81%

HSK 2 100%

HSK 3 93%

HSK 4 80%

HSK 5 50%

HSK 6 50%

HSKK Beginner 44%

HSKK Intermediate 67%

 

Resource Center

 http://www.chinesetest.cn/godownload.do

 
Vocabulary
 
About The Chinese Proficiency Test
  Sample Paper Exam Syllabus
HSK 1

PDF iconH10901.pdf

PDF iconH10902.pdf

PDF iconH11003.pdf

PDF iconHSK1.pdf
HSK 2

PDF iconH20901.pdf

PDF iconH20902.pdf

PDF iconH21003.pdf

PDF iconHSK2.pdf
HSK 3

PDF iconH31001.pdf

PDF iconH31002.pdf

PDF iconH31003.pdf

PDF iconHSK3.pdf
HSK 4

PDF iconH41001.pdf

PDF iconH41002.pdf

PDF iconH41003.pdf

PDF iconHSK4.pdf
HSK 5

PDF iconH51001.pdf

PDF iconH51002.pdf

PDF iconH51003.pdf

PDF iconHSK5.pdf
HSK 6

PDF iconH61001.pdf

PDF iconH61002.pdf

PDF iconH61003.pdf
PDF iconHSK6.pdf
HSKK

PDF iconH81003.pdf

PDF iconH91003.pdf

PDF iconHSKK beginner.pdf

 
HSKK Oral   PDF iconHSK-koushi.pdf
YCT Oral   PDF iconYCT-koushi.pdf
YCT 1

PDF iconY10901.pdf

PDF iconYCT1.pdf
  PDF iconY11002.pdf  
  PDF iconY11003.pdf  
  PDF iconY11004.pdf  
  PDF iconY11005.pdf  
YCT 2

PDF iconY20901.pdf

PDF iconYCT2.pdf
  PDF iconY21002.pdf  
  PDF iconY21003.pdf  
  PDF iconY21004.pdf  
  PDF iconY21005.pdf  
YCT 3

PDF iconY30901.pdf

PDF iconYCT3.pdf
  PDF iconY31002.pdf  
  PDF iconY31003.pdf  
  PDF iconY31004.pdf  
  PDF iconY31005.pdf  
YCT 4

PDF iconY40901.pdf

PDF iconYCT4.pdf
  PDF iconY41002.pdf  
  PDF iconY41003.pdf  
  PDF iconY41004.pdf  
  PDF iconY41005.pdf  
BCT

PDF iconBCTA0001.pdf

 
  PDF iconBCTB0001.pdf  

 

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.