Business Chinese Test is a state-level standardized test designed to assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers engaged in business activities. BCT is developed by Peking University under the entrustment of Office of Chinese Language Council International (“Hanban” for short). Its English name is Business Chinese Test (“BCT” for short).
BCT assesses the communicative ability of test takers using Chinese in a wide range of business-related career occasions, daily life and social interaction. The test mainly features practicality and communicativeness. This test consists of two relatively independent tests: BCT (Listening & Reading) and BCT (Speaking & Writing). Test takers may sit for one or both of them at a time. There is no limit to candidates’ age, education or length of learning Chinese.
Hanban is the supervisor of Business Chinese Test, and the issuer of "Business Chinese Test Certificate."
Business Chinese Test is held regularly in China and other countries each year.
I Test Takers
BCT is held for the non-native speakers. Any one who is a non-native speaker, whether capable of basic communication or fairly skillful communication, may sit for BCT. There is no limit to candidates’ age, education or length of learning Chinese.
II Test Purposes
BCT is open for the whole world and severs various institutions and individuals which want to assess the business Chinese proficiency of relevant persons. Its main purposes include:
Provide a basis for employers to assess the business Chinese proficiency of relevant persons when making such decisions as employee recruitment, selection, placement and promotion;
Help relevant teaching and training institutions to assess the business Chinese proficiency of candidates in recruitment and class division;
Assess the practical effects achieved form the teaching and training of relevant teaching and training institutions;
Provide a certificate of business Chinese proficiency for any person who seeks for a job ,takes an interviews or wants to be promoted;
Help Chinese learners to understand and improve their business Chinese ability.
III The Composition and Form of Test
BCT consists of two relatively independent tests: BCT (Listening & Reading) and BCT (Speaking & Writing). Test takers may sit for one or both of them at a time.
Now, BCT is held in two forms, i.e. Paper-based Test and Computer-based Test. BCT Computer-based Test is only held in Singapore at present.