Native Learner’s Program

These Mandarin Chinese classes are designed in accordance with the YCT. This is the Hanban’s Youth Chinese Test (which can be optionally taken from age 7-15 years) and is in essence a global Chinese qualification that is recognised on an international level. It is also the foundation to the HSK (similar to IELTS for English learners) which is usually taken from high school level.

The new YCT test was launched by Hanban in an effort to encourage foreign young students to learn Chinese and improve their Chinese language proficiency. As part of this effort, since 2004 Hanban has organized experts from different disciplines such as Chinese language teaching, linguistics, psychology and educational measurement to work on the program, conducting surveys in order to understand the latest trends in overseas Chinese language teaching and learning.

  1. Test Structure

The new YCT is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young foreign students’ abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test and a speaking test, which are independent of each other. The writing test is divided into four levels, namely, the YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV). The speaking test is divided into the YCT (Beginner Level) and YCT (Intermediate Level).

Writing Test
Speaking Test
YCT (Level IV)
YCT (Intermediate Level)
YCT (Level III)
YCT (Beginner Level)

Once students complete the YCT, they can then move on to the HSK which is recognised at university level.

More details on the YCT can be read here:

  1. With the YCT, upon completion of learning the content for each level, students then have the option to be externally tested by a registered external Hanban office here in Sydney. The test fee at the moment is $20-30 per paper depending. The Sydney tests for 2015 will be held in April/May 2015. Note that papers are sent from the Hanban in China to the testing centre and are then sent back to China for marking and assessment.
  1. Please note that we do not place an emphasis or pressure on students to sit the tests. We will conduct ‘mock’ tests with the students as part of their learning and for our internal assessment and if parents and students would like to sit the tests then we can arrange this via the testing centre. Some parents may decide to wait until their child is older and more ready for a formal testing based environment, however this is entirely their decision.
  1. We will be teaching each level of the YCT over a full academic year starting in Term 1 of 2015. Once students complete each level at the end of the year, they will be assessed and can then move on to the next level if we feel they are ready to move upwards. Note that classes will not be classified by age, classes will all have to be classified by capability and as such- we are labelling each class for the YCT as follows:

Did you know that our Mandarin Stars classes are also available ONLINE?

NEW Mandarin Stars Classes Available ONLINE!

Mandarin Stars Online ( also offer Mandarin classes online for children! To book an online Mandarin language class please email [email protected]