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COMMUNITY COMPASS: Non-native speakers do well in Mandarin tests

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A high percentage of participants in the Ministry of Education’s beginner-level Mandarin proficiency tests for non-native speakers of Mandarin last year passed the examinations, a report said last week.

The Examination Report published by the Steering Committee for the Test of Proficiency-Huayu held on Feb. 3 last year, said 83.5 percent, or 335 of the 401 participants in the beginner-level Mandarin proficiency tests in May and November, passed the test and obtained certificates.

The average scores in the two tests were 69.67 and 69.28 points on a scale of zero to 80, said the committee, an organization affiliated with the ministry.

As for the basic-level examinations held in May and November, 45.9 percent of the 577 students obtained certificates, the report showed.

On a scale of zero to 120 in the two basic-level examinations, scores averaged 86.57 and 88.65 points, the report said.

Of the 770 participants in the intermediate-level proficiency tests, 42.99 percent received certificates, the report showed.

The majority of students scored between 90 to 99 points on a scale of zero to 120, the report said.

Of the 385 examinees in the advanced-level proficiency tests, 58.96 percent, or 227, were awarded certificates.

Average scores at this level were 81.11 and 89.55 points on a scale of zero to 120, the report showed.

The majority of participants taking the tests were Asian, while the number of examinees from the Americas and Europe came in second and third, the report said, adding that 1,279 women took the tests, outnumbering men by 425.

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