Whangarei YCT candidates and their teachers
Whangarei YCT candidates and their teachers

The recent Youth Chinese Test (YCT) was held in November with 296 candidates – the largest number to date for any exams managed by the Confucius Institute in Auckland. To accommodate the numbers, three exams venues were set up at the University of Auckland, at Meadowbank School and for the first time at Onerahi School in Whangarei of Northland.

Students from various schools gathered at the University to sit the exam. While at Meadowbank School, all the Year 5 and Year 6 students participated either YCT Level 1 or Level 2 tests. This is the school’s fourth year of doing YCT with its popularity and numbers growing each year. Ms Amy Ko, Meadowbank’s Chinese teacher, said, “students are excited and looking forward to the test, and this probably is the first formal exam in their young life”.

Meanwhile in Whangarei, students from Onerahi School, Whangarei Primary School and Christian Renewal School also sat the YCT. It was the first time for the students and the first time the exam was held in the region.

Students felt confident after the exam. They are waiting eagerly for the results of their YCT – an internationally recognized Chinese language proficiency test. Candidates will receive Certificates of achievement within 2 months of their exam.

Students at Meadowbank School sitting YCT Level 1
Students at Meadowbank School sitting YCT Level 1