BCT (Business Chinese Test) Prep Course (A)

Our course is designed to cater to the needs of students who have little to no prior knowledge of business Chinese. We understand that you may not be familiar with basic daily expressions in work or life environments, which is why our professional teachers will tailor a special learning plan for you based on your exam and learning goals. Our course materials include corresponding textbooks, exercise books, and real exam papers, ensuring that you will not only pass the exam but also learn essential business knowledge for work. Throughout the course, you will learn a range of topics, including introductions, greetings, welcomes, farewells, enquiring about price and payment methods, and participating in business meetings, etc. By the end of the course, you will have developed a strong foundation in business Chinese and be able to understand and use the language to accomplish the tasks of daily communication and basic business communication. We understand the importance of passing the BCT (A) exam and guarantee that our course will prepare you for success. Our experienced teachers will guide you through the learning process. With our course, you can be confident that you will not only pass the exam but also gain valuable knowledge and skills that will benefit you in your future career.

I. Test Content

The Business Chinese Test (BCT) (A) consists of 70 questions divided into three parts: listening, reading, and writing.

Test Item

Number of Questions

Duration of Test (minutes)

Write down personal information (before the listening section starts)

5

1. Listening

Section One

10

30

About 20

Section Two

10

Section Three

10

2. Reading

Section One

10

30

30

Section Two

20

3. Writing

10

10

Mark your answers on the Answer Sheet (after the listening section)

5

Total

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70

About 70

The entire exam takes about 70 minutes (including 5 minutes for candidates to fill in their personal information).

1. Listening

Part 1 consists of 10 questions. Each question is played twice. Each question is a word or phrase, and a picture is provided on the exam paper. Candidates need to determine whether the statement is true or false based on what they hear.

Part 2 consists of 10 questions. Each question is played twice. Each question is a sentence, and three pictures are provided on the exam paper. Candidates need to choose the corresponding picture based on what they hear.

Part 3 consists of 10 questions. Each question is played twice. Each question is a dialogue between two people, and a third person asks a question based on the dialogue. Three options are provided on the exam paper, and candidates need to choose the correct answer based on what they hear.

2. Reading

Part 1, 10 questions in total. The first 5 questions provide one or two sentences or dialogues with a blank space, and candidates need to choose a word from the provided options to fill in the blank. The next 5 questions provide a table or a short application text with 5 blank spaces, and candidates need to choose a word from the provided options to fill in the blank.

Part 2, 20 questions in total. The test paper provides a series of reading materials, such as pictures, tables, paragraphs, and chapters, each with one to three questions, and candidates need to choose the answer from 3 options.

3. Writing

There are 10 questions in total. Each question provides a sentence with a blank space, and candidates are required to write the correct Chinese character or word in the blank according to the pinyin hint.

II. Competence Description and Content Illustration of BCT (A)

The BCT (A) 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:

Sub-test

Competence Description

Content Illustration

                           Listening

Capable of understanding articles for use closely related to work and life

Simple daily articles and office supplies

Capable of understanding basic information about number and quantity in working and living environments

Basic information in a visa form such as name, and passport number

Numbers (including date, time, and price)

Capable of understanding other people’s brief introductions in working and living environments

Names, ages, nationalities, company names, positions, contact information, etc.

Hobbies, interests, physical conditions, etc.

Capable of understanding basic instructions and requirements in working and living environments

Making a phone call, giving a signature, etc.

Capable of understanding basic daily expressions in working and living environments

Introductions, greetings, welcomes, wishes, appreciations, apologies, farewells, etc.

Capable of understanding basic instructions and requirements in working and living environments

Enquiring about price, payment method, etc.

Capable of understanding introductions or descriptions of other people’s basic information in working and living environments

Companies, positions, contact information, etc.

Capable of understanding introductions or descriptions of other people’s conditions in working and living environments

Physical conditions, working conditions, etc.

Capable of understanding the introduction or description of something in working and living environments

Features and price of a commodity, introduction of a place, etc.

Capable of understanding brief notices and arrangements in working and living environments

Conference notices, routes, time arrangement, etc.

 

                           Reading

Capable of reading Pinyin, basic Chinese characters, phrases, numbers, personal information, etc.

Simple signs (such as those of washrooms, supermarkets, subways, and airports)

Simple places (such as office and hotel room), menus, schedules, etc.

Capable of reading basic Chinese characters, phrases, sentences, and short written materials; capable of understanding requirements and acquiring related information from short written materials

Simple forms such as visa forms, price lists, balance sheets, and calendars

Simple expressions in working and living environments

Name cards, notices, notes, messages, short messages, etc. which are commonly used in daily life

Capable of reading short written materials common in daily life and work, understanding their general ideas, and recognizing basic information; capable of identify in passages of familiar topics specific information needed

Frequently used expressions in business etiquette and formal occasions

Brief introductions of products, advertisements, etc.

Short weather forecasts, traffic information, etc.

Notices, telephone records, messages, notes, short messages, emails, calendars, etc.

                            Writing

Capable of writing from memory basic Chinese characters

 

Capable of filling in forms as required

Simple forms such as visa forms and customs forms

Simple in-company forms such as leave application forms, and reimbursement forms

Personal calendars recording one’s daily life and work arrangements

III. Score System

Business Chinese Test BCT (A) score report provides test takers with scores for each section and overall score, without a passing score; the report also includes ability descriptions for test takers in different score ranges.

The BCT (A) test consists of three sections: listening, reading, and writing, with a total score of 300. For more information on the scoring system, please refer to the table below:

 

Listening

Reading

Writing

Total

Number of questions

30

30

10

70

Maximum score of sub-test

100

100

100

300

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