The Chinese Language Tests (HSK, YCT) are welcomed by more and more Chinese learners in New Zealand. The number of exam participants has increased annually.
On 15th October, 17th and 18th November, the Confucius Institute in Auckland successfully held the last two HSK and YCT exams in the year 2017. A total of 382 candidates took the exams at the University of Auckland, the University of Otago (Dunedin), Meadowbank School and Silverdale Normal School (Hamilton).
At Auckland's Meadowbank School, all of the Year 5 and 6 children sat their YCT Level 1 and 2 tests on Friday 17th November. According to the school Chinese teacher Miss Amy Ko, this is the school's third year of doing YCT. "Meadowbank is proud to be the first school in NZ who have around 200 students sitting the test," said Amy. "Children have made an excellent effort in preparing for the test, from learning the vocabulary to discussing the meaning in the sentences. They also learned about exam techniques. Children felt nervous and excited for the exam, but this was a good experience for them." The Confucius Classroom at Meadowbank School was established in 2015. Currently there are over 600 children from Years 2 to 6 learning Chinese.