Business Chinese Test
The Business Chinese Test (BCT) is an international standardised test of Chinese language proficiency to assess non-native Chinese speakers’ abilities in using the Chinese language in real business or common working environments. Developed by the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) – a public institution affiliated with the Ministry of Education, China, it has been the main assessment tool adopted for the Chinese Workplace Literacy (CWPL) Programme/Business Chinese since its inception in 2006. The International BCT has been adopted by 17 countries worldwide, including China, Korea, Japan, the USA, and Argentina. Many of these test-takers are from the retail, services, finance, and education sectors.
The Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business (SCCIOB) is honoured and privileged to be appointed as the sole Business Chinese Test (BCT) Centre in Singapore by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, China since 1st January 2018. The training and assessment of the BCT, supported by SkillsFuture Singapore, aims at building a pipeline of skilled workers with Business Mandarin proficiency to support the growing trade and business from the Chinese market.
The International BCT, as a test series, consists of three independent tests: BCT (A), BCT (B), and the BCT (Oral iBT) tests. Test-takers will be tested in four skills of the language, namely Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.
The BCT (A), which is oriented towards beginners, is designed to examine test takers’ ability to communicate in Chinese in daily life and during basic business activities. The BCT (B), which is oriented towards intermediate and advanced learners, is designed to examine test takers’ ability to communicate in Chinese during complex business activities. The BCT (Oral iBT) Test, which is oriented towards learners of all levels, adopts the form of a computer-based test as well as personalized and targeted questions to examine test takers’ ability to complete various communicative tasks by using spoken Chinese.
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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.
Trainees undergoing Chinese Workplace Literacy (CWPL) Programme/Business Chinese training will be advised by their training providers on the type of International BCT they should attempt, based on the skills and level of training covered in the training programmes.
Assessment and Certification
Upon completion of the tests, test-takers will be awarded an e-certificate from the Center for Language Education and Cooperation, which is recognised internationally. The e-certificate is a score report which records the test-taker’s sub-test scores and total score, without setting any passing score. The e-certificate will also provide competence descriptions for all levels of test-takers, and indicate the date of the International BCT taken by the test-taker.
There is no expiry date for the International BCT e-certificate.
|BCT Assessment Options||Comprises of||Full Fee||Fee after Subsidy|
|BCT (A)||Listening, Reading & Writing||$214.00||$21.40|
|BCT (B) Intermediate & Advanced Levels||Listening, Reading & Writing||$214.00||$21.40|
|BCT Oral iBT||Speaking||$214.00||$21.40|
|BCT (A) + BCT Oral iBT||Listening, Reading & Writing + Speaking||$428.00||$42.80|
|BCT (B) + BCT Oral iBT||Listening, Reading & Writing + Speaking||$428.00||$42.80|
The above assessment fees do not comprise any preparatory courses or training. Inclusive of 7% GST.
Frequently Asked Questions
|Where can I take the BCT and how can I make payment?|
|You may sign up for the BCT at the Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business (SCCIOB). Call us at +65 6505 3850 or email us at email@example.com. Payment must be made in full at least 15 days before the test date.|
|What do I need to know before requesting for a refund?|
|There will be no refunds for candidates who are barred from taking the test due to any violation of the rules and regulations set by the test centre, in addition and not limited to - failing to bring photo identification such as the NRIC or passport, being late for more than 10 minutes after the designated test start time and not attempting the test on the scheduled date.|
|When and how will I know my test results?|
|Results will be available 6 weeks from the test date and e-certificates will be issued 6 weeks from the release of the results.|
|Who is eligible for funding?|
|To enjoy the 90% funding, an individual must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident who has not taken the BCT in the last 3 months.|
|If I have taken the test before, am I eligible to take it again?|
|The BCT test fee is 90% subsidized for all Singapore Citizens and Permanent Citizens, except applicant(s) whom are re-applying for the BCT within 90 days of their previous test and without attending any Certificate in International Business Mandarin (CIBM) Programme or equivalent approved by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)|
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