Hopkins XinXing students ace proficiency tests
XinXing Academy students in Hopkins scored well above average on the Youth Chinese Test – an international standardized Chinese proficiency test administered by the Minnesota Confucius Institute in May 2012.
The second-grade XinXing students test had two parts – listening and reading skills – and they scored at least 50 points higher than the required passing score of 120.
The third-grade students took the highest level of the test series that measures listening, reading and writing skills. The students scored 20 points higher than last year and 90 points higher than the passing score of 180.
According to test publishers, students who pass this test have enough proficiency to be able to travel to China and handle most of the communications tasks they encounter.
Students who pass the second-grade level test are able to conduct more basic and direct communication, but only on topics with which they are familiar.
Developed by the Chinese government, this test is the only Chinese proficiency test in the world and is used by more than 100 countries. Many schools in Minnesota, including five Chinese immersion schools, took the test this year.
XinXing Academy, Hopkins Public Schools’ Chinese immersion program, opened at Eisenhower Elementary School in 2007.