Youth Chinese Test (YCT) | 中小学生汉语水平考试

The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is an international standardised Chinese language test, which is directed at examining non-native primary and secondary school students' ability to apply Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. Up-coming test is on 5 June 2021, Home-Edition.

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YCT tests schedule

An online Chinese Test (Home Edition) is to help school students complete YCT test at home, with remote monitoring from our test centre. 

YCT Home-edition Tests: Saturday 5th June 2021. 

                                YCT1-4 are all at 9:00am (online entry/log in at 8:00am)

Registration Deadline: midnight 25th May 2021.

Registration and payment will be open soon, via - search for "YCT"

Throughout the time of taking the YCT test, the school student must be able to operate a window-based computer, as well as a smart mobile phone, un-aided, all by his/her own.

Other test requirements: (1). Must reside in the UK at the time of taking the test (cross-countries registration is prohibited). (2). Access to a computer (Windows 7/10 operating system) with screen resolution at 1366 x 768 or above. Mac OS operating system and mobile devices are not supported. (3). Network bandwidth should be 20M and Internet speed must be > 150KB/s. (4). High-definition PC camera (built-in or external) should be at minimum pixels 0.3Million. The room should be well lit to ensure clear images. (5). Headphone is clear and with good noise insulation. (6). Will download and install the client software of the Online Chinese Test (Home Edition). (7). Be able to take the test at a quiet room with good lighting, no disturbance. (8). Use Google Meet on a smart phone for remote monitoring. (9). Send a recent (within 6 months) identity photo / passport-sized photo to No hat, scarf, headband or sunglasses are allowed except for special religious reasons; Photos are used for log in and face-recognition during the test (keeping shoulder and above in the centre of the webcam).

Your Test Admission Card detailing your exam time will be generated for you after the deadline passed. Please check to make sure the information on the card is correct. You need to let us know any amendments immediately.

Your log in details for the test will be emailed to you ONE DAY before the test date.


-If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield as soon as possible (07593502130 or

- If you cancel your registration before the registration deadline, you will receive a full refund.

- If you cancel your registration after the registration deadline, no refund will be given.


Examination fee for written test:

  • YCT1: £5
  • YCT2: £10
  • YCT3: £20
  • YCT4: £25

Examination fee for speaking test:

  • YCT Speaking (Basic): £10
  • YCT Speaking (Intermediate): £10

Youth Chinese Test (YCT) | 中小学生汉语考试

YCT consists of two independent parts: written test and oral test.

The written test is made up of four levels from YCT Level 1 to Level 4.

YCT Level 1: for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 80. Passed examinees can understand and use very basic Chinese words and sentences, and able to study further Chinese.

YCT Level 2: for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 150. Passed examinees can understand and use very basic Chinese words and sentences, capable of very basic communication needs.

YCT Level 3: for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 300. Passed examinees can produce simple and direct communication of their familiar day to day topic, reach the primary merit level of Chinese.

YCT Level 4: for children who have mastered a vocabulary of about 600 and above. Passed examinees can carry out basic communication tasks of life, study and work. They can answer most communication tasks during a travel in China.

The oral test includes YCT-Speaking (Basic) and YCT-Speaking (Intermediate).

An Introduction to the New YCT (in English)

The following table shows vocabulary needed, test duration and passing score:

  Equivalent to HSK Vocabulary (Words) Test Duration, Min Total Score Passing Score
YCT Level 1 - 80 35 200 120
YCT Level 2 HSK Level 1 150 50 200 120
YCT Level 3 HSK Level 2 300 60 200 120
YCT Level 4 HSK Level 3 600 85 300 180
YCT Speaking (Basic) -   19 100 60
YCT Speaking (Intermediate) -   21 100 60


Syllabus, sample papers and online practice | 网上资源

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