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YCT Test in Confucius Classrooms and Link Schools

27 April 2017

The YCT test was launched in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency.

Image of pupils taking exam

YCT Test stands for Youth Chinese Test and the new YCT test was launched by Hanban (Office of Chinese Language Council International) in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency.

Last year, a total of 98 students from two of our Confucius Classroom (Bolton School Junior Boys and St. Paul C of E Primary School) and one link school (Oasis Academy Limeside Primary School) have taken the YCT for the first time and received a good result with an average pass rate of 85%.
This year, 129 students just registered for YCT level 1 and level 2 from the three schools, so we are proud to see an increase of 32%.
The exam consists of a writing and speaking test, which are independent from each other. The writing test is divided into four levels; the speaking test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level). 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). The test will be taken on 19th May and we wish all the candidates good luck!

We would like to thank all the teachers who are teaching in those schools and who have supported Mandarin teaching. As Chinese mandarin has become more popular, the number of young pupils who choose to learn Mandarin has increased greatly in our Confucius outreach schools.

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