The BCT, as an international, standardized test of Chinese language proficiency, focuses on assessing non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities to use the Chinese language in real business or common working environments.

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The BCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into two levels, namely, the BCT (A), and the BCT (B). The different levels of the BCT can meet some of the levels in the Chinese Language Proficiency Scales for Speakers of Other Languages (CLPS) and the Common European Framework of Reference (CEF), as well as HSK and YCT levels; details are as follows:

HSKYCTBCTVocabularyCLPSCEF
HSK (Level VI) BCT (B)Over 5,000Level V C2
HSK (Level V) 2,500Level VC1
HSK (Level IV) 1,200Level IVB2
HSK (Level III) YCT (Level IV)BCT (A)600Level IIIB1
HSK (Level II)YCT (Level III)300Level IIA2
HSK (Level I)YCT (Level II) 150Level IA1
YCT (Level I)80

I. Capability Description

Test takers who are able to pass the BCT (A) can understand and use Chinese language to accomplish the tasks of daily communication and basic business communication.

Test takers who are able to pass the BCT (B) can understand and use the Chinese language to complete more complex business communication tasks.

Test takers who took the BCT (Oral), can understand and use the Chinese language to complete kinds of different business communication tasks, and therefore their language competence can be divided into five proficiency levels.

II. Test Principles

Promote learning through examination: encourage Chinese language learners’ interest and confidence, and further broaden the scope of the test in accordance with the actual demands of overseas Business Chinese learners and Chinese speakers in a general working environment.

Promote teaching through examination: provide teachers and self-learners with graded, task-based teaching resources and suggestions related to business Chinese, and help teaching and training institutions systematically and effectively improve business Chinese learners and speakers’ abilities to use the Chinese language in real business or common working environments.

Provide positive feedback for test takers: evaluate test takers’ ability to complete various language tasks by asking them to carry out a series of typical business language tasks and provide positive feedback for Chinese language learners to plan their future studies.

III. Test Purposes

BCT test results provide reference to following purposes:

  1. Provide a basis for employers to assess non-native Chinese speakers’ (candidates) Chinese competence in daily work. Test scores can be used as a reference for employee recruitment, selection, placement and promotion.
  2. Help relevant teaching and training institutions to assess students’ business Chinese proficiency in recruitment, class divisions, and granting credits.
  3. Help learners to improve and evaluate and improve their business Chinese competence.

IV. Results Certificate

Test takers will receive their test results for the BCT issued by Hanban after one month after the test. In the meantime, test takers will be allowed to inquire their scores on website www.chinesetest.cn.

Exam Registration & Payment

Note three separate steps to complete

Step 1 Registration Register at the Hanban Chinese Test website http://www.chinesetest.cn/goliuchengtu.do

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.

BCT Exam 6 August 2017 Online Payment

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.

Details regarding the exam time and venue will be included on your admission ticket.