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Youth Chinese Test (YCT) Standard Course Level 1

Gain the knowledge of the Chinese language to help you prepare for and pass the Youth Chinese Test (YCT).

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Take your Chinese language studies further

This 12-week ExpertTrack will help you learn and understand some of the most common Chinese phrases. With this knowledge, you’ll further your Chinese language studies and be prepared to take the internationally-recognised certificate of YCT Level 1.

The Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is a standardised test of Chinese proficiency. It evaluates the ability of primary school and middle school students whose mother tongue is not Chinese to use the Chinese language in their daily lives and study.

This ExpertTrack has been carefully developed using YCT Test Level 1 papers to help ensure you learn all 80 words of the YCT Test Level 1.

Learn Chinese in a fun and interactive way

Each course has been designed to help you learn Chinese vocabulary, characters, text, and more in an interactive and memorable way.

You’ll explore pictures, songs, and videos to ensure your Chinese learning journey remains interesting throughout.

Build your confidence with common Chinese phrases

You’ll be guided through the basics of the Chinese language, from greetings and introductions to expressions of time and personal preferences.

Learning how to hold daily conversations with the most common Chinese phrases, you’ll build your Chinese language skills gradually and with confidence.

Learn Chinese alongside the experts at Chinese Plus

Throughout the ExpertTrack, you’ll be guided by the language specialists at Chinese Plus.

With their expertise of online teaching, you’ll finish with the knowledge and skills to confidently take the YCT Test Level 1.

Key skills you will learn

  • Express greetings
  • Make self-introductions
  • Ask names and nationalities
  • Introduce family members
  • Talk about ages
  • Describe appearances
  • Talk about animals
  • Conduct simple questions
  • Express date and time
  • Describe preferences
  • Get ready for YCT Test Level 1

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is for beginners and is particularly designed for primary school and middle school students as well as anyone wanting to take the YCT Test Level 1.

Getting started

This ExpertTrack would suit anyone whose mother tongue is not Chinese, no matter what your experience is. With the YCT test papers as its primary source, this ExpertTrack aims to help you build up your Chinese communication in daily life and study, as well as prepare you for the internationally-recognised certificate of YCT Level 1.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Gain a solid introduction to the Chinese language to develop your skills and confidence in speaking, reading, and writing Chinese.

    1 test

    6 weeks

    4 hours per week

  • Course 2

    Gain the skills and knowledge of the Chinese language to hold a conversation with ease and pass the YCT Test Level 1.

    1 test

    6 weeks

    4 hours per week

Prove you're job ready

Highlight the new, job-relevant skills you’ve gained and supplement existing qualifications with a hard-earned, industry-specific digital certificate – plus one for every course within your ExpertTrack.

  • Learn the latest in your chosen industry or subject.
  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with Chinese Plus

Chinese Plus lends support to domestic and foreign educational institutions, social organizations, and enterprises to take part in Online Chinese Class and set up localized platforms to conduct remote online Chinese education. It offers an all-in-one service package that includes online “teaching, learning, testing, and researching” as well as Chinese-centered online preparatory courses and “Chinese + vocational education” courses, among other services.

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