Chinese Proficiency 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.

YCT test dates scheduled:

 (1). Saturday 11th May 2019, for YCT including Speaking. Deadline: 14 April.
 (2). Sunday 17th November 2019, for YCT including Speaking. Registration opens in Sept. Deadline: 21 Oct.

Registration deadline: One month before the test date.

Registration and payment via at onlineshop.shef.ac.uk    search for "YCT"

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

Youth Chinese TestYCT 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).

 Click for Introduction of New YCT (in English)

A 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

Click to download test Syllabus and Sample test papers (考试大纲及真题) at chinesetest.cn 

Click to download test Syllabus and Sample test papers (考试大纲及真题) at cnhsk.cn

Click here for Online Practice (模拟考试) or  here for Online Practice (模拟考试)

YCT test

For more information, contact:

email : confucius@sheffield.ac.uk    Tel: 0114 2228447