BCT: Business Chinese Test
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Business Chinese Test (BCT)
2017 BCT Examination (A & B)
Date: 6 August 2017 Register by: 10 July 2017
Fees (including GST)
BCT (A) Listening, Reading & Writing NZ$70
BCT (B) Listening, Reading & Writing NZ$100
Exam Registration & Payment
Note three separate steps to complete
Step 1 Registration
Register at the Hanban Chinese Test website
Step 2 Payment
Complete the online payment below. Credit card only.
Cheques and cash are accepted only if received during office hours at the Confucius Institute - Level 6, Room 622, The Owen G Glenn Building, The University of Auckland, 12 Grafton Road. Receipts will be given.
Payment MUST be received by the deadline date to sit the exam.
Step 3 Admission Ticket
Print out your Admission Ticket from Hanban Chinese Test website www.chinesetest.cn which will be available one week before the exam. You will need this to sit the exam.
Exam results will be available on the Hanban website one month after the exam and your certificate will be posted out two months from the exam date.
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The Business Chinese Test (BCT) is an international standardised test designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers engaged in business activities.
BCT was developed by Peking University under the direction of the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban).
Brief Introduction to BCT
BCT assesses the communicative ability of test takers using Chinese in a wide range of business-related career occasions, daily life and social interaction. The test mainly features practicality and communicativeness.
This test consists of two relatively independent tests: BCT (Listening & Reading) and BCT (Speaking & Writing). Test takers may sit one or both of them at a time.
Hanban is the supervisor of the Business Chinese Test, and the issuer of the "Business Chinese Test Certificate."
Business Chinese Test is held regularly in China and other countries each year.
BCT is held for non-native speakers. Anyone who is a non-native speaker, whether capable of basic or skilful communication, may sit for BCT. There is no limit to candidates’ age, education or length of learning Chinese.
BCT is open for the whole world and serves institutions and individuals who want to assess business Chinese proficiency.
Its main purposes include:
1. Providing a basis for employers to assess the business Chinese proficiency of relevant persons when making such decisions as employee recruitment, selection, placement and promotion;
2. Helping relevant teaching and training institutions to assess the business Chinese proficiency of candidates in recruitment and class division;
3. Assessing the practical effects achieved from the teaching and training of relevant teaching and training institutions;
4. Providing a certificate of business Chinese proficiency for any person who seeks for a job, takes an interviews or wants to be promoted;
5. Helping Chinese learners to understand and improve their business Chinese ability.
Composition and Form of Test
BCT consists of two relatively independent tests: BCT (Listening & Reading) and BCT (Speaking & Writing). Test takers may sit one or both of them at a time.
Standards for BCT Levels
BCT has five levels to describe the business Chinese proficiency of test takers, namely:
Level 1: Incapable of communication in Chinese in business activities.
Level 2: Capable of basic communication in Chinese in business activities.
Level 3: Capable of fairly effective communication in Chinese in business activities.
Level 4: Capable of fairly skilful communication in Chinese in business activities.
Level 5: Capable of appropriate communication in Chinese in business activities.
Test Scores and Certificate
BCT consists of two relatively independent examinations: BCT (Listening & Reading) and BCT (Speaking & Writing). The score for each specific skill (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) is 0-500, 100 for each level. The total score for listening and reading constitutes the overall score of BCT (listening & reading) ranging from 0 to 1000 points and each level consisting of 200 points. So does the overall score of BCT (speaking & writing).
Any test taker can receive a score report if he attends the Listening & reading or Speaking & writing tests in line with requirements.
If the total score for listening and reading comes to 201-400 points, Level 2 "BCT Certificate (listening & reading) "will be awarded;
If the total score for speaking and writing comes to 201-400 points, Level 2 "BCT Certificate (speaking & writing) "will be awarded.
So do Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 certificates. There is no Level1 certificate in BCT.
The score shall be valid for two years from the test date.
Hanban shall be responsible for issuing the " Business Chinese Test Certificate."
The test content of BCT mainly covers business activities and business-related daily life and social interaction activities.
For details, see “Business Chinese Communicative Function Items” in “The BCT Outlines", a guide book for your preparation. This covers Introduction to Business Chinese Test, level standards, scoring standards, samples, communicative function items and vocabulary, accompanied by a CD sample of the Listening test.