Confucius Institute

HSK/YCT/BCT Testing Services

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
Paper-based Testing
HSK - Testing Date HSK - Registration Deadline YCT - Testing Date YCT - Registration Deadline BCT - Testing Date BCT - Registration Deadline
Dec. 6th, 2014 Oct. 30th, 2014 Nov. 2nd, 2014 Oct. 12th, 2014 Nov. 15th, 2014 Oct. 12th, 2014
Testing locations have not yet been announced for 2014.  
Registrants will be contacted with a testing location on CSU campus after registration closes.
Internet-based Testing
HSK - Testing Date HSK - Registration Deadline YCT - Testing Date YCT - Registration Deadline BCT - Testing Date BCT - Registration Deadline
Dec. 6th, 2014 Nov. 19th, 2014 Nov. 15th, 2014 Oct. 29th, 2014 N/A N/A
Testing locations have not yet been announced for 2014.  
Registrants will be contacted with a testing location on CSU campus after registration closes.

For assistance with registration, or for additional information, contact Miao Wang at m.wang18@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.csuohio@gmail.com 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

The 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

YCT

Vocabulary

CLPS

CEF

N/A

YCT(Level I)

80 terms

N/A

N/A

HSK (Level I)

YCT(Level II)

150 terms

Level I

A1

HSK (Level II)

YCT(Level III)

300 terms

Level II

A2

HSK (Level III)

YCT(Level IV)

600 terms

Level III

B1

HSK (Level IV)

N/A

1200 terms

Level IV

B2

HSK (Level V)

N/A

2500 terms

Level V

C1

HSK (Level VI)

N/A

Over 5000 terms

C2

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

 

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.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (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.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (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.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and in writing.

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.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level II) can understand and use some simple Chinese phrases and sentences and cope with basic level communications.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (Level III), having reached an excellent level in basic Chinese, can communicate on familiar daily topics in a simple manner.

Test takers who are able to pass the YCT (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.

Test takers will receive certification from the BCT based upon the following levels of competency:

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.