YCT

What is YCT?
The YCT is abbreviation of Chinese Pinyin: Shàoér Hànyǔ Kǎoshì (少儿汉语考试) is the series tests to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. The YCT is mainly for the young Chinese language learners under the age of 15.

In broad teams, YCT (HSK for younger learner) and HSK (Basic, Elementary-Intermediate and Advanced) can be defined as:

YCT Level 1 students have studied Chinese for roughly 80 hours and mastered a vocabulary of about 300 characters.

YCT Level 2 students have studied Chinese for roughly 150 hours and mastered a vocabulary of about 600 characters.

YCT Level 3 students have studied Chinese for roughly 250 hours and mastered a vocabulary of about 900 characters.

Time and Contents of YCT

YCT Level 1

Sections Question Number Duration
Listening 1-10 About 10 minutes
Reading 11-20 20 minutes
Total 30 minutes


YCT Level 2

Sections Question Number Duration
Listening 1-20 About 20 minutes
Reading 21-40 About 20 minutes
Writing 41-45 5 minutes
Total 45 minutes


YCT Level 3

Sections Question Number Duration
Listening 1-20 About 20 minutes
Reading 21-48 30 minutes
Writing 49-50 10 minutes
Total 60 minutes

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