Editor’s Note: The following announcement comes from Hopkins Public Schools.
XinXing Academy students scored well above average on the Youth Chinese Test (YCT), an international standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by the Minnesota Confucius Institute on May 20, 2012.
Second-grade XinXing students took the YCT3 test, which has two parts—listening and reading skills. The second-grade students scored at least 50 points higher than the needed passing score of 120. The third-grade students took the YCT4. This is the highest level of the YCT test series and measures listening, reading and writing skills. The students scored 20 points higher than last year and 90 points higher than the passing score of 180.
According to test publishers, students who pass the YCT4 have enough proficiency to be able to travel to China and handle most of the communications tasks they encounter. Students who pass the YCT3 test are able to conduct more basic and direct communication, but only on topics they are familiar with.
Developed by the Chinese government, the YTC test is the only Chinese proficiency test in the world and is used by more than a hundred countries. Many schools in Minnesota, including five Chinese immersion took the test this year.
“The strong YCT test results reflect XinXing’s strong curriculum, instruction and excellent teaching staff,” said Chin. “The students have mastered Chinese language skills to a degree that surpassed initial expectations.”