BCT (Oral iBT) Prep Course

The BCT (Oral iBT) is an international standardized Chinese proficiency test that focuses on evaluating the ability of non-native Chinese speakers to communicate in Chinese oral language in real business or work situations, and evaluates their ability to complete language tasks. The BCT (Oral iBT) adopts a computer adaptive testing format and follows the principles of "application-oriented, ability-focused, and workplace-oriented". It examines the speaking ability that is tailored to the actual workplace situation of different test takers, as well as the ability to use Chinese to cope with the work environment.

In Chinese Learning, teachers will tailor learning plans for students based on their practical needs and the characteristics of oral exams. This will enhance students' language abilities and learning confidence, and improve learning outcomes. We will cover topics such as Personal Introduction, Basic Personal Job Information, Company product Information, Work Description, Personal career goals and plans for the future, and prepare speeches on topics of interest such as hobbies, etc. You will acquire about 4000 words and vocabularies.

I. Test Structure

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 entire exam takes about 25 minutes (including the time for candidates to log in to the system, debug equipment, and answer the questionnaire).

Part 1 consists of 4 questions. Each question will be played once, and can be replayed once. Each question contains one question, and a picture is provided on the test paper for the candidate to refer to while answering the question.

Part 2 consists of 4 questions. Each question will be played once, and can be replayed once. Each question contains one question, and the candidate should answer according to the requirements of the question.

Part 3 consists of 3 questions. Each question will be played once, and can be replayed once. Each question is a scenario explanation, along with a request or question. A picture is provided on the test paper for the candidate to refer to while answering the question.

Part 4 consists of 3 questions. Each question will be played once, and can be replayed once. Each question is a background explanation, along with a request or question. The candidate should answer according to the requirements of the question.

Part 5 consists of 1 question. The question will be played once, and can be replayed once. The question is a background explanation along with a requirement. Four pictures are provided on the test paper for the candidate to refer to while answering the question.

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:

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. Score System

The BCT (Oral iBT) score report provides candidates with scores for each section and total score, without a passing score; the score report also provides ability descriptions for candidates in different score ranges.

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

 

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

IV. Test Principles

Promote learning through examination: Based on the practical needs of business Chinese learners and users, testing is used to stimulate learning interest, enhance learning confidence, and continuously improve learning effectiveness.

Promote teaching through examination: Providing graded teaching resources and suggestions for business Chinese tasks for teachers and self-learners, to facilitate planned and effective teaching and training to improve the Chinese communication ability of business learners and users in real business situations.

Provide positive feedback for test takers: By evaluating the ability of candidates to complete typical business language tasks in a business context through testing, positive feedback is provided for the candidate's next steps in learning.

V. Test Purposes

1. Provide standards for evaluating the ability of non-Chinese employees (candidates) to use Chinese in daily work, and test scores can be used as reference for selection, employment and promotion.

2. Provide reference for various schools and training institutions to recruit business-related majors, class divisions, and granting credits.

3. Help learners to evaluate and improve their business Chinese competence.

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