Frequently Asked Questions

What is OCT?
OCT stands for Oral Chinese Test. The only official online oral Chinese (Mandarin) test certified by the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
How much is OCT?
OCT level 1 to 8 varies from USD20 to USD60. The Certificate of Proficiency in Oral Chinese and Competency Report are included.
Who should take OCT?
Mandarin learners. OCT provides an easy start and a step by step assessment path for non-native Mandarin learners of different age groups. OCT also helps identify and improve weaknesses of test takers’ Mandarin ability. Students should take OCT to achieve learning objectives and academic success. Professionals can evaluate their oral Chinese proficiency through career-oriented assessments of OCT Application Stage and prove their ability at workplace.
Which level of OCT should I take?
OCT levels align with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) scale. Take the level best suitable for your Mandarin ability.
What is the OCT passing mark?
Test takers must score 60% or above overall to pass the test and obtain the Certificate of Proficiency in Oral Chinese. All test takers will receive the six-dimensional competency report.
What makes OCT authoritative?
OCT is an international standardized online test of Mandarin Chinese certified by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and recognized by Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The OCT certificate is authorized by the Confucius Institute Headquarters. As bridges to HSKK, OCT levels connect test takers to HSKK to further their Mandarin ability.
Who have taken OCT?
More than 10,000 students and professionals have taken OCT. Take the advantage of the one and only OCT online platform to test your Mandarin proficiency anytime, anywhere.
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