U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University

Chinese Test Services

Bryant University is a test center authorized by China's Ministry of Education to administer the computer-based international Chinese standardized tests, the Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK) and Youth Chinese Test (YCT) .

Online HSK and YCT Test Dates in 2014

HSK: Registration From

TEST DATES  

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

March 16 March 6
May 10 April 30
October 11 September 30         
December 6 November 6

YCT: Registration From

TEST DATES 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

May 24 May 14
November 15 November 5

 

 New HSK  新汉语水平考试

The new HSK is a standardized international Chinese proficiency test, taking non-native speakers as its object, and directed at examining students’ capability in applying Chinese language in their studies, personal life and work. The new type of examination consists of two independent parts; a written test and an oral test. The written test is comprised of HSK-Level 1, HSK-Level 2, HSK- Level 3, HSK- Level 4, HSK- Level 5 and HSK- Level 6, while the oral test is comprised of HSK(Elementary), HSK (Intermediate) and HSK (Advanced). Written Test and Oral Test are independent, students can choose to take one of them, or both.

  Test

Vocabulary Requirement

Oral Test

HSK- Level 1

150

HSK(Elementary)

HSK- Level 2

300

HSK- Level 3

600

HSK(Intermediate)

HSK- Level 4

1200

HSK- Level 5

2500

HSK(Advanced)

HSK- Level 6

Over 5000


HSK- Level 1: It is suitable for students with 2-3 hours per week of Chinese study for one semester (half of a school year). It is designed for learners who can understand and use some simple Chinese characters and sentences to communicate, and prepares them for continuing their Chinese studies.
  
HSK- Level 2: It is suitable for students with 2-3 hours per week of Chinese study for two semesters (a school year). It is designed for elementary learners who can use Chinese in a simple and direct manner, applying it in a basic fashion in their daily lives.
  
HSK- Level 3: It is suitable for students with 2-3 hours per week of Chinese study for three semesters (one and a half school year). It is designed for elementary-intermediate learners who can use Chinese to serve the demands of their personal lives, studies and work, and are capable of completing most of the communicative tasks they experience during their Chinese tour.
  
HSK- Level 4:
It is suitable for students with 2-4 hours per week of Chinese study for four semesters (two school years). It is designed for intermediate learners who can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and are capable of communicating with Chinese speakers at a high standard;
  
HSK- Level 5:
It is suitable for students with 2-4 hours per week of Chinese study for at least two school years. It is designed for learners who can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, watch Chinese films and are capable of writing and delivering a lengthy speech in Chinese.
  
HSK- Level 6:
It is designed for learners who can easily understand any information communicated in Chinese and are capable of smoothly expressing themselves in written or oral form. 

Principles

  • Following the principle of “combing testing and teaching”, the new test is designed in line with the present situation of international Chinese-language teaching and the teaching materials that are commonly available, with the aim of “promoting teaching and learning through examinations”.
       
  • The new HSK test stresses objectivity and accuracy, and also focuses on developing and testing an examinees’ ability to apply Chinese in practical, real-life situations.
       
  • The new HSK test also sets explicit study objectives, allowing examinees to more effectively improve their Chinese proficiency with defined study plans and goals.

Why New HSK

Taking its orientation from the old HSK test, the new HSK test is aimed primarily at adult Chinese learners. The test scores meet the various demands of different organizations or groups of people as follows:

  • Offers a reference for educational institutions to recruit students, classify students, exempt students from some courses and grant credits;
  • Offers a reference for employers to employ, train and promote employees;
  • Offers a reference for Chinese learners to understand and improve their ability to apply Chinese;
  • Offers a reference for related Chinese teaching institutions or training organizations to evaluate teaching standards and the effectiveness of different training.

Test Fee

Written Test Cost ($) Oral Test Cost ($)

HSK- Level 1


20

HSK ( Elementary)


20

HSK- Level 2

30

HSK- Level 3

40 HSK (Intermediate)


30

HSK- Level 4

50

HSK- Level 5

60 HSK (Advanced)


40

HSK- Level 6

70

  

Youth Chinese Test (YCT)   中小学生汉语考试

The new 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 standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young foreign students' abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new 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 Vocabulary Requirement Oral Test
YCT (Level 1) 80
YCT (Beginner)
YCT (Level 2) 150
YCT (Level 3) 300
YCT (Intermediate)
YCT (Level 4) 600


YCT Level 1: 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.
   
YCT Level 2: 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.
   
YCT Level 3: 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.
   
YCT Level 4: 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.

Why YCT

The YCT is intended for students whose mother tongue is not Chinese. The results of the test can serve various purposes:

  • A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
  • A reference for Chinese language training in schools
  • A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results
  • A benchmark for students who want to participate in the HSK test.

Test Samples

HSK (1)   YCT (1)  YCT (1) Listening 
HSK (2)   YCT (2) YCT (2) Listening 
HSK (3)   YCT (3) YCT (3) Listening 
HSK (4)   YCT (4) YCT (4) Listening 
HSK (5)      
HSK (6)      

Test Fee

   Written Test Cost ($) Oral Test Cost ($)

YCT Level 1


10
YCT ( Beginner)

15

YCT Level 2

15

YCT Level 3

20 YCT (Advanced)

15

YCT Level 4

25

Registration

  • Online Registration at http://www.chinesetesting.cn
    Please choose the test and level from the list on the left of the web page. "Confucius Institute at Bryant University" is the test center. (Test fee needs to be paid through mail or in person.)
       
  • Paper-based Registration
    - HSK Registration Form (downloadable)
    - YCT Registration Form(downloadable)
    - Two recent ID photos – 40mm x 30mm (1.6” x 1.2”) preferred, maximum size – 2”x2” (passport size)
    - A copy of a valid photo-bearing identification (for example, passport, or driver's license
    - Test fee. Cash or check only. Please make the check payable to “Bryant University”.

Please send the registration package to the address below:

Ms. Kun Xie
Chinese Test
Confucius Institute
Bryant University
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917