Youth Chinese Test (YCT)

(This year’s exam registration deadline has passed.)

LittleMandarin Chinese School is the only qualified test center for the YCT exam in German Speaking region of Switzerland.

Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency for young Chinese learners. It assesses the primary and middle school students’ abilities to use Chinese as second language in their daily and academic lives. The test is a method for students to improve their self-confidence and their proficiency in Chinese. It also serves as a perfect preparation for the HSK test (for adult learners and relevant for studying and working in China).

LittleMandarin Chinese School’s classes are largely following the standard course books of this test, we therefore highly encourage our students (6 yo +) to take the test. Further, our teachers will use the YCT mock tests as a method to evaluate learning results during the class and to support the preparation of the test for those who would like to take it.

YCT writing test consists of four levels, namely, YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV):  

YCT (Level I) (Test fee: CHF 43 – Test duration: 35 minutes) assesses test takers’ ability in daily use of Chinese. 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 Target: The YCT (Level I) is intended for young students who have been following LittleMandarin Chinese School’s curriculum for about 1 year (approximately 1 class hour per week). These students have mastered 80 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

YCT (Level II) (Test fee: CHF 43 – Test duration: 50 minutes) tests test takers’ ability in daily use of Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level I of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). 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 Target: The YCT (Level II) is intended for young students who have been following LittleMandarin School’s curriculum for about 2-3 years (approximately 1 class hour per week).  These students have mastered 150 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

YCT (Level III) (Test fee: CHF 53 – Test duration: 60 minutes)tests test takers’ ability in daily use of Chinese. It is the counterpart of the Level II of the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages and the A2 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). 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 Target: The YCT (Level III) is intended for young students who have who have been following LittleMandarin School’s curriculum for about 3-4 years (approximately 1 class hour per week). These students have mastered 300 common words and related grammar patterns.

YCT (Level IV) (Test fee: CHF 53 – Test duration: 85 minutes) tests test takers’ ability in daily use of 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 the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF). 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.

Test Target: The YCT (Level IV) is intended for young students who have studied Chinese for more than 4 years (approximately 1 class hour per week). These students have mastered 600 commonly used words and related grammar patterns.

*Source based on: www.chinesetest.cn