meet Chinese language learners’ need for a business Chinese test, the
Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) commissioned the International
Business Chinese Language Teaching and Resource Development Base at the
University of International Business and Economics. This organization
of Chinese and overseas experts revised the Business Chinese Test
(BCT), which has existed since 2006, using the latest research results
on international language testing and business Chinese usage through
language teaching, linguistics, psychology, and educational
The new 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, while evaluating the language tasks they are able to complete. It aims to provide references for companies to recruit and select employees, for schools and training institutions to organize teaching activities, and for learners to evaluate themselves.
The BCT, as a test series, consists of three independent tests: BCT (A), BCT (B), and the BCT Speaking Test.
The BCT has the following characteristics:
The BCT is held for non-native Chinese speakers. Anyone who is a non-native speaker, whether capable of basic communication or fairly skillful communication in Chinese, may take the BCT. There are no restrictions on test takers’ age, education, or length of time spent learning Chinese.
Test Time and Location
The BCT is held regularly in mainland China and other countries each year. In addition, BCT can provide special testing services as required by relevant enterprises or organizations. For information about the test dates and test centers for the BCT, please log on to the Chinese test service website: www.chinesetest.cn.