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Yct Spoken Examination

YCT Beginner:

The YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) assesses test takers’ ability to expressing themselves orally in Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level I and Level II of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) can understand and use familiar everyday expressions that meet specific needs for communication. 

  1. Test Target

The YCT (Beginner Level) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for 1-2 semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 200 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

  1. Test Content

The YCT Speaking Test (Beginner Level) is made up of three parts and contains a total of 25 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 15 4
Part II Listen and Reply 5 2
Part III Describe Pictures 5 4
Total 25 10
  • The test will last for a total of 17 minutes (including 7 minutes for preparation).
  • There are 15 items in Part I. For each item, a sentence recording will be played. The test taker should repeat the sentence.
  • There are 5 items in Part II. For each item, the recording of a question will be played. The test taker should provide a brief answer.
  • There are 5 items in Part III. Each item consists of a picture. The test taker should use 2-3 sentences to say something based on the picture.

YCT Intermediate:

The YCT Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) assesses test takers’ ability to expressing themselves orally in Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level III of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the B1 Level of theCommon European Framework of Reference (CEF). Test takers who are able to pass the YCT Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) can understand simple spoken Chinese and engage in basic communication with native Chinese speakers.

  1. Test Target

The YCT (Intermediate Level) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for more than two semesters, with 2-3 class hours per week. These students have mastered 400 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

  1. Test Content

The YCT Speaking Test (Intermediate Level) is made up of three parts and contains a total of 14 items.

Section Number of Items Duration (Min)
Part I Listen and Repeat 10 3
Part II Describe Pictures 2 3
Part III Answer the Questions 2 3
Total 14 9
  • The test will last a total of 19 minutes (including 10 minutes for preparation).
  • There are 10 items in Part I. For each item, a sentence recording will be played. The test taker should repeat the sentence.
  • There are 2 items in Part II. Each item consists of a picture. The test taker should write a passage based on the picture.
  • There are 2 items in Part III. The test taker should answer the two questions (using pinyin).

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