An international vocational-based assessment developed by The Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) - an institution affiliated to Ministry of Education, Beijing, China.
The BCT has been carried out in countries such as China, Korea, and Japan, and is gaining recognition as a formal assessment of an individual's Chinese language skills. Many of these test takers come from the retail, services, finance and education sectors.
It is structured into three assessments and you can choose to take any of the assessment to assess your proficiency. For training purposes however, you will need to take the required assessments for the training pathway in order to be issued with a training recommendation for placement into the CWPL modules.
BCT1 (Listening & Speaking)
Qualifications you can attain
Upon completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate from Hanban, which is recognised under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ). There are a total of five levels, with Level 5 being the highest proficiency level.
Description of Proficiency Levels
401 - 500
Able to use Chinese language in the workplace.
301 - 400
Able to use Chinese language in the workplace.
201 - 300
Capable of fairly effective communication in the workplace.
101 - 200
Able to use simple Chinese in limited communicative activities in the workplace.
0 - 100
Has little or no competence in Chinese language for workplace engagement.
You can also visit the official website for more details. Computer-based Mock Tests are available at the official website to help you in your assessment preparation.
For employer-sponsored participants, their employers may make an appointment with CES to arrange for the assessment. BCT will be administered at CES.
For individuals who are interested to take the assessment, they may approach CES or register online.
Please use the correct NRIC or passport name for candidate registration.
Upon successful registration and payment online, please print out the registration summary.
Candidates must bring along their Identification Cards / Passports on the assessment date for verification at the classroom. Candidates will not be allowed to sit for the assessment without proper identification check.
Terms & Conditions Please note that availability of assessment slot is on a first-come-first-served basis and registration closes five (5) working days1before the scheduled test date. 1 A working day means Mondays to Fridays between 8:30am and 5.30pm, excluding all gazetted public holidays.
Eligibility for BCT Test
Minimum Age is 16 years old
If you are taking the assessment in order to enter National Institute of Technical Education Certificate (NITEC) courses offered by Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Ministry of Education (MOE) has set a minimum age rule for female (18 years old) and male (20 years old - after serving National Service).
Candidates are subjected to non-subsidized fee if they retake the BCT/CNT test within 3 months after the previous assessment and do not attend any Chinese Workplace Literacy or Numeracy training programmes.
Three-Month Lock-Out Period
Candidates who have not undergone or completed the WPLN training programme after the pre-training assessment have to observe a three-month lock out period between assessments. This policy would not apply to those who have attended and completed the recommended WPLN training programme.
Rescheduling of Assessment Date
Please note that all registrations and payments made are strictly non-transferable between different organisations and individuals. Request to reschedule assessment date are subjected to the following:
All requests must be made no later than five (5) working days before the assessment date by calling WDA (Tel: 6883 5885) during office hours;
For example, if the assessment date is on 25 July 2011, you can only reschedule the assessment before 18 July 2011 during office hours and thus, will not be able to make any changes on or after 19 July 2011.
The re-scheduled assessment date must be within one (1) month from the initial assessment date;
No refund will be made after one (1) month if the assessment is not taken;
You are allowed to reschedule an assessment date once;
Requests to reschedule assessment dates received after 5:30pm on Mondays to Fridays will be considered as being transacted on the next working day. Rescheduling requests received on Saturdays and Sundays (including gazetted public holidays) will be considered as being transacted on the next working day; and
WDA reserves the right at all times to request for additional information to support the rescheduling of an assessment date.
Prior to registration, please ascertain your eligibility as no refunds will be made. Similarly, there will be no refund for candidates who are barred from taking the assessments due to violation of the rules and regulations of the assessment centre, such as and not limited to:
Failing to bring photo identification such as NRIC or Passport
Attempting to take any assessment within the lock out period
Being late for more than ten minutes after designated assessment start time
Scheduled assessment dates may be cancelled if requests are communicated to WDA within five (5) working days prior to the scheduled assessment date.
For example, if the assessment date is on 25 July 2011, you may cancel the assessment before 18 July 2011 during office hours and will not be able to make any cancellation requests on or after 19 July 2011. Cancellation requests received after 5:30pm on Mondays to Fridays will be considered as being transacted on the next working day. Cancellation requests received on Saturdays and Sundays (including gazetted public holidays) will be considered as being transacted on the next working day.
All refunds will require at least nine (9) weeks of processing time and a cheque shall be sent to you via post.
The timeline to receive your BCT certificate [which contains your assessment results] will be based on the following:
Assessment results will be available approximately 4 weeks after the assessment completion. Results will be informed by either your Training Provider (TP) or from us (depending whom you registered for the BCT).
Physical Certificates (approximately 8 weeks after assessment completion)
You will receive the physical certificates from your TP if you register with them.
Certificates will be mailed directly to your address (as per registration records) if you registered for the BCT independently through CES platforms (e.g. online registration, CES hotline 6883-5885).