YCT testing Concludes at the Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University Hatyai Thailand

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-07-02 14:38:28 

Thailand, June, 26th, 2010 - The first YCT (Youth Chinese Test) at the Confucius Institute at Prince of Songkla University Hatyai, Thailand reached its 2010 conclusion. There were one hundred and ninety five examinees sat the exam, amongst which 75 examinees were participating in the YCT Level 1, 74 in Level 2, 41 in Level 3, and 2 examinees took Level 4. The total number of examinees this year has hit an all time high and is evidence of continuously increasing annual figures.

A total of 165 examinees from Suraththani Pittaya School entered their names for the school test. Though most of these students haven’t studied Chinese a long time; they show great interest in the YCT. An assistant of an institute director named Wang Juan sent a Chinese Audio Primer to a leading teacher as thanks for their positive role in the YCT, on behalf of the Confucius Institute.

The YCT is a standardized international Chinese Proficiency Test designed to assess the ability of non-native speaking primary and secondary school students’ in application of Chinese language in academic and day to day situations. There are 2 parts to the assessment: listening and reading. The YCT takes diverse forms, amongst which the listening materials focus mainly on pictures and the reading parts stress the use of illustrations and pictures. The YCT has been well received by students. The whole process of the exam was in good order and all the examinees seemed to be fully absorbed in their test papers, whilst the leading teacher and some parents waited in the institute’s hall. All examinees were able to finish their test papers within the given time. The exam proved a good method for local students to test their Chinese ability and it has served as motivation for their learning.