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The Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

YCT is an international standardised Chinese language test, directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school student’s Mandarin language abilities.

cartoon dragon holding up a sign with 'YCT: Youth Chinese Test' written on it.

In the last three years, the Confucius Institute Manchester has increased its efforts to raise the profile of Chinese language teaching and learning in Greater Manchester schools within a recognised accredited framework. Alongside cultural experiences and Mandarin taster sessions, more and more schools have introduced Mandarin into their timetable and could achieve International proficiency recognition by choosing to incorporate the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).

YCT is an international standardised Chinese language test which is aimed at examining non-native primary and secondary pupil's abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. According to the students’ ability, teachers help to choose what level of the test the student would take. YCT consists of two independent parts: the written and oral test. The written test ranges from YCT Levels 1 to 4 and the oral exam comprises the YCT Beginner Level and YCT intermediate Level. On one hand, the Chinese learner may use the proficiency test to understand and measure their language ability and prepare for further study. On the other hand, it is a useful tool for schools to evaluate their teaching. In 2016, St Paul Primary School and Bolton Junior for Boys, two of our Confucius Classrooms, will introduce YCT tests as part of their Mandarin teaching.