YCT Testing

The YCT (Youth Chinese Test) 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.

Testing Levels

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
    Speaking Test
  • YCT (Level IV)
    YCT (Intermediate Level)
  • YCT (Level III)
    YCT (Beginner Level)
  • YCT (Level II)
  • YCT (Level I)

The different levels of the new YCT are similar to some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF); details are as follows:

  • New HSK
    New YCT
  • HSK (Level VI)
    Over 5,000 words
  • HSK (Level V)
    2,500 words
  • HSK (Level IV)
    1,200 words
  • HSK (Level III)
    YCT (Level IV)
    600 words
  • HSK (Level II)
    YCT (Level III)
    300 words
  • HSK (Level I)
    YCT (Level II)
    150 words
    YCT (Level I)
    80 words

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 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 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 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.


Below you will find the registration form to take the YCT Chinese Language Proficiency Test. Complete the form and return it to

Confucius Institute C/O Zhenyu Li
Kennesaw State University
Town Point Building
Ste. 1900, MD 9113
3391 Town Point Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Click Here to Download the Registration Form


Test Fees

  • Testing Level
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4
  • Beginner Level of Speaking Test
  • Intermediate Level of Speaking Test

* All fees include a $10 registration fee.

* If you register Writing Test and Speaking Test at the same time, you just need to pay for $10 registration fee.

Test Dates

The following are the upcoming YCT testing dates.

  • Test Date
    Registration Deadline
  • 03-18-2017 (Saturday)
  • 11-18-2017 (Saturday)


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the YCT Chinese Language Proficiency Test, please visit our contact us page.