YCT (Youth Chinese Test)

Youth Chinese Test (YCT),an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, assesses the primary and middle school students' abilities to use Chinese as second language in their daily and academic lives. The test is reserved for students under the age of 15.

What is the YCT test?

The new YCT (Youth Chinese Test) was created by Hanban in order to encourage young foreign students, aged 15 and under, to learn and improve their knowledge of the Chinese language.

To achieve this goal, starting from 2004, Hanban has selected a team of experts in different disciplines - teaching Chinese as a foreign language, linguistics, psychology and educational sciences - to develop a standard of Chinese language competence for even the most young people and investigate the latest trends in teaching and learning the Chinese language for non-native Chinese speakers.

The levels of the YCT test

The YCT provides 4 levels of increasing difficulty, each of which consists of two parts: Listening Comprehension and Reading Comprehension.

YCT level I (certifies knowledge of 80 characters)
Level YCT II (certifies knowledge of 150 characters)
Level YCT III (certifies knowledge of 300 characters)
Level YCT IV (certifies knowledge of 600 characters)
For more information on each exam level, you can consult the information sheets available in the attachment (for each level) or consult the official reference site of the Hanban Chinese Test Center.

What is the YCT test for?

The test is internationally recognized, and it is in line with the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages ​​and with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

The purpose of the test is to evaluate the knowledge of the Chinese language and the ability to use it in daily life. The test is aimed exclusively at foreign students, not Chinese native speakers, aged 15 and under.

Participation requirements

Registration for the exam is reserved for candidates under the age of 15. Candidates must not be 15 years old at the time of taking the test.

Take the YCT test at the Confucius Institute at the University of Bologna

No session is scheduled for the year 2021.

Original Diploma 

We remind all those who will carry out / have carried out the test at the Ci at the University of Bologna that the original YCT diplomas are, normally, available about two months after the exam date. Certificates are shipped directly from the Chinese Test Center to our office. All interested parties receive instructions by email to collect their certificate.

We remind everyone that the Confucius Institute does NOT send the original diploma at student's home: it is mandatory to collect it at our office.

We remind you that the Confucius Institute keeps the certificates for 2 years (starting from the date of the test), period within the original diploma must be collected.