EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS

To evaluate the Chinese levels of our students we along with Confucius and Hanban have developed two exams, HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi), YCT (Youth Learner Test).
RIS in collaboration with the Confucius Institute offers two different Chinese language proficiency tests during the year.

YOUTH CHINESE TEST (YCT)

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. As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has gathered experts from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to understand the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teaching and learning.

I. Test Structure

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

II. Test Levels

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).
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.

III. Test Principles

The new YCT aims to improve Chinese language learners' self-confidence and follows the principle of "test-teaching correlation". It bases the design of the test on current trends in international Chinese language training and is closely related to textbook learning procedures. The purpose of the test is to "promote training through testing" and "promote learning through testing".

IV. Test Purposes

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.
  • Results Certificate
Test takers will receive their test results for the new YCT issued by Hanban within three weeks after the test.

CHINESE PROFICIENCY TEST (HSK)

The new HSK test was launched by Hanban in an effort to better serve Chinese language learners. The test is the result of coordinated efforts by domestic and foreign experts from different disciplines including Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement. The new exam combines the advantages of the original HSK while taking into consideration recent trends in Chinese language training by conducting surveys and making use of the latest findings in international language testing.

I. Test Structure

The new HSK is an international standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. It assesses non-native Chinese speakers' abilities in using the Chinese language in their daily, academic and professional lives. HSK consists of six levels, namely the HSK (level I), HSK (level II), HSK (level III), HSK (level IV), HSK (level V), and HSK (level VI).

New HSK Vocabulary
HSK (Level VI) 5,000
HSK (Level V) 2500
HSK (Level IV) 1200
HSK (Level III) 600
HSK (Level II) 300
HSK (Level I) 150

Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level I) can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies.
Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level II) have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level III) can communicate in Chinese at a basic level in their daily, academic and professional lives. They can manage most communication in Chinese when travelling in China.
Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level IV) can converse in Chinese on a wide range of topics and are able to communicate fluently with native Chinese speakers.
Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level V) can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, enjoy Chinese films and plays, and give a full-length speech in Chinese.
Test takers who are able to pass the HSK (Level VI) can easily comprehend written and spoken information in Chinese and can effectively express themselves in Chinese, both orally and on paper.

II. Test Principles

The new HSK follows the principle of "test-teaching correlation", bases the design of the test on the current trends in international Chinese language training, and is closely related to textbooks. The purpose of the test is to "promote training through testing" and "promote learning through testing".
The new HSK emphasizes the objectivity and accuracy of the evaluation and stresses the learners' actual Chinese language abilities.
The new HSK sets clear test objectives to allow the test takers to be able to improve their Chinese language abilities in a systematic and efficient way.

III. Testing Purposes

The new HSK retains the former HSK's orientation as a general (or universal) Chinese language abilities test for adult learners. The results of the test can serve several purposes:
1. A reference for an educational institution's decision-making concerning recruiting students, assigning students to different classes, allowing students to skip certain courses and granting students academic credits.
2. A reference for employers' decision-making concerning the recruitment, training and promotion of test takers.
3. A method for Chinese language learners to assess and improve their proficiency in Chinese.
4. A method for Chinese language training institutions to evaluate training results.

IV. Results Certificate

Test takers will receive the results for the new HSK issued by Hanban within one month after the test.

Students' Achievements

YCT Performance

In May 2012 , 50 students appeared in YCT 1 exam and scored really well. The Highest marks were taken by Hamza Ahmed from Roots 82 A Satellite Town 190/200. In 2013, 18 students appeared in YCT 1 and 5 students appeared in YCT 2 Exam.

HSK Performance

In May 2012 , 3 students appeared in HSK exam and two of our students from Metropolitan G8 Campus scored full marks in HSK.
Excellent performance(two students scored full marks)
Serial # Year Branch Number of students appeared in YCT & HSK Student's Achievements
1 2012-2013 82 A, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi 18 Students in YCT1 5 Students in YCT2 Performed well
2 2012-2013 82 A, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi.
Metropolitan G8 Campus.
50 students appeared in YCT1
3 Students appeared in HSK
HAMZA AHMED scored 190/200