BCT(OraliBT)

BCT(OraliBT)

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The BCT (Oral iBT), a Computer Adaptive Test(CAT), is an international, standardized test in Chinese language proficiency that focuses on testing non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities to use the Chinese Oral language in real business or common working environments, and that evaluates the language tasks they are able to complete. Following the principle of practicality, oriented towards speaking and listening, and emphasizing abilities in the workplace, this test aims to recreate actual situations in the workplace and takes practical content for communications as the method of examining test takers’ abilities to use Oral Chinese to meet their needs in the working environment conducted via Internet, according to their characteristics and occupation.

I. Test Structure

Table 1 Structure of BCT (Oral iBT)

Test Item Number of Questions Duration of Test (minutes)
Section 1 4 2
Section 2 4 2
Section 3 3 5
Section 4 3 5
Section 5 1 6
Login, Volume Adjustment, Questionnaire (Ahead of the Test) 5
Total 15 25

The test lasts 25 minutes in total (including time for the test takers to login in to the system, adjust devices and answer the questionnaire).

The first part includes four questions. The test takers shall listen to each question once, and will be afforded the opportunity to listen to the questions a second time. Each question contains one question with a picture. The test takers shall refer to the picture to answer the question.

The second part includes four questions. The test takers shall listen to each question once, and will be afforded the opportunity to listen to the questions a second time.

Each question contains one question with a picture. The test takers shall answer the questions as required.

The third part includes three questions. The test takers shall listen to each question once, and will be afforded the opportunity to listen to the questions a second time. Each question contains a scenario description with a request or question as well as a picture as reference for the test takers.

The fourth part includes three questions. The test takers shall listen to each question once, and will be afforded the opportunity to listen to the questions a second time. Each question contains a background description. The test takers shall answer the questions as required.

The fifth section consists of only one question. The test takers shall listen to each question once, and will have the opportunity to listen to the question a second time. This question contains a background description and requirements with four pictures for the test takers’ reference.

II. Competence Description and Content Illustration of BCT (Oral iBT)

The BCT (Oral iBT) examines the communicative competence of test takers in realistic situations when using Chinese. The competence description and content illustration are listed in the table below:

Table 2 Competence Description and Content Illustration of the BCT (Oral iBT)

Subject Task
♦ Personal Information ♦ be able to introduce basic, personal information such as name, nationality, etc.
♦ Description of Route ♦ be able to briefly describe directions for walking or driving to various locations, such as where the toilet is located
♦ Description of Living Conditions ♦ be able to briefly describe daily living arrangements, such as daily living habits
♦ Personal Affairs ♦be able to briefly introduce personal affairs, such as a simple work experience
♦ Information About Others ♦be able to briefly introduce a person, such as his/her company, position, contact information, etc.
♦Basic Personal Job Information ♦be able to introduce basic personal information such as company, position, contact information, etc.
♦ Personal Work Information ♦ be able to introduce personal information, such as job responsibilities, scope of work, etc.
♦ Company Information ♦ be able to introduce basic information about the company where he/she works
♦ Company product Information ♦ be able to briefly introduce the main products of his/her company
♦Work Description ♦be able to briefly describe work arrangement, such as schedule of projects, meetings, and etc.
♦ General Topics ♦ be able to express personal opinions on topics of general interest such as weather, hobbies, etc.
♦ Work-related Topics ♦ be able to explain personal ideas on work-related topics, such as the evaluation of a product, the perception of the company's future development, etc.
♦ Project Information ♦be able to introduce the main business scope of his/her company
♦TaskExecution Description ♦be able to briefly describe how to perform a routine task
♦ Work-related Topics ♦be able to discuss work-related topics, such as personal career goals and plans for the future
♦ Speeches ♦be able to prepare speeches on topics of interest such as hobbies
♦ Remarks ♦be able to deliver remarks in different occasions, such as toast, opening words, thank-you remarks and etc.
♦ Work-related Topics ♦ be able to conduct work-related conversations such as reporting on work progress
♦ Work-related Topics ♦ be able to engage in discussion on work-related topics such as explaining charts

III. Reference Vocabulary

The BCT (Oral iBT) has set up a reference vocabulary of 4000 words according to language competence, can-do statements, word frequencies of various authoritative Chinese corpora, and the state of international Chinese language teaching.

IV. Score System

The BCT (Oral iBT) score report records a test taker’s sub-test scores and total score, without setting any passing score. The report will also provide competence descriptions for all levels of test takers.

The BCT (Oral iBT) test paper consists of five sub-tests, with a total score of 500 points. Its score system is shown in the table below:

Table 3 Score System of BCT (Oral iBT)

  Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Total
Number of questions 4 4 3 3 1 15
Maximum score of sub-test 80 100 120 120 80 500

V. 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’ Chinese language communicative competence in a realistic business environment.

Provide positive feedback for test takers: evaluate test takers’ ability to complete various language tasks in a business environment 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.

VI. Test 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 evaluate and improve their business Chinese competence.

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