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Youth Chinese Test

21 March 2017


The YCT is intended for 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.

4. A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

  • Youth Chinese Test


The YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. The new YCT is an international standardised 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


Speaking Test

YCT (Level IV)


YCT (Intermediate Level)

YCT (Level III)


YCT (Beginner Level)

YCT (Level II)


YCT (Level I)


II. Test Levels

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); details are as follows:








HSK (Level VI)

Over 5,000

Level V



HSK (Level V)




HSK (Level IV)


Level IV


YCT(Level IV)

HSK (Level III)


Level III


YCT(Level III)

HSK (Level II)


Level II


YCT (Level II)

HSK (Level I)


Level I


YCT (Level I)





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.

Results Certificate

Test takers will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

NAIS Pudong is authorised by Hanban/Confucius Institute to be an HSK& YCT test centre and offer HSK and YCT writing test once every year. NAIS Pudong students learning Mandarin have therefore the opportunity to gain a worldwide recognised qualification for their Mandarin studies from Year 3 and above.


Test Type

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Results available


Saturday May 13th, 2017

March 31th, 2017

June 13th 2017


Saturday November.11th , 2017

October 9st, 2017

January 6th, 2018

Test Type


YCT (Level I)


YCT (Level II)


YCT (Level III)


YCT (Level IV)