Mandarin Language Test

A Mandarin language test can help you hire the right employees, based on their proficiency in Mandarin.

  • What is a Mandarin language test?

    The Mandarin language test is an assessment of proficiency in using Mandarin in a business environment. As Mandarin is the language that has the most native speakers globally, it makes sense that Mandarin should be considered for any business that needs to operate in Mandarin-speaking countries.

    The Mandarin language test assesses the level of knowledge and ability that a candidate possesses at the time, based on the operational needs of the business. This is tested through questions relating to:

    • Grammar and vocabulary
    • Reading comprehension
    • Sentence composition

    Candidates who have proficient knowledge of using Mandarin in a business environment will have the language fluency and literacy to be able to deal with customers, clients, colleagues and suppliers.

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    All your candidates take the assessments on a level playing field. Only their results determine whether they get shortlisted.

  • Why is a Mandarin language test so important when hiring?

    As international businesses grow, hiring people who are multilingual makes sense. For recruiters, however, finding a candidate who has the needed level of language proficiency to be successful can be challenging.

    Traditional assessment methods might not provide enough data to make a reasoned decision. Sifting through a resume to find language proficiency means relying on the self-assessment of skills from the candidate - and this might not match the way you would assess them.

    Interviews are also not easy to use in assessing a candidate on their level of proficiency in speaking Mandarin unless there is someone on the recruitment team that can speak the language fluently and assess the candidate.

    However, the Mandarin language test takes the guesswork out of choosing the right candidates. With a simple-to-administer online assessment that can be shared with a large number of candidates, recruiters will get immediate results that can be used as a quantifiable data point in the selection process.

    The results of the Mandarin language test will indicate the level of knowledge and proficiency that each candidate has, and make it easy to choose the best candidates to take forward.

    The Mandarin language test is useful in the hiring process for:

    • International marketing teams
    • Sales assistant
    • Mandarin-speaking call centre assistant
    • Translating services.

    For the candidate, the Mandarin language test is simple to access and asks a number of questions that allows them to demonstrate their mastery of the language in a straightforward way. It is a great way for them to show they can understand and communicate in Mandarin to a level that is suitable for the role that they have applied for.

Sample Mandarin Language Test question

请选择最合适的一项完成对话。 A: 这种鸟我还是第一次见。

  • B: 你怎么了?

  • B: 它的嘴长得真奇怪。

  • B: 这个消息准确吗?

  • B: 这个牙膏好用吗?

How to assess Mandarin language skills using our test

Our Mandarin language test asks a variety of questions that vary in difficulty level. Candidates who are proficient in Mandarin should be able to answer most of the questions correctly.

The Mandarin language test provides valuable data insight into what a candidate knows and understands. The test is structured using multiple-choice questions: a familiar format for most test-takers, that allows for instant and objective scoring.

As well as the correct answer, there are typically 2–4 distractors, representing common misconceptions and mistakes. This helps make the test more challenging, so a candidate's ability can be measured more accurately.

Test scores are provided to the user and can be compared to other test-takers in your talent pool, to see how they perform relative to each other.

Each test has been thoroughly reviewed to ensure accuracy and validity in line with industry standards. It has been written, examined and edited by Mandarin language experts and psychometric professionals. It has also been reviewed by a diverse sample of job seekers to check for any issues including sensitivity, face validity, fairness and accessibility.

This test is continually monitored so our team can optimize performance and regularly assess fairness issues.


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Mandarin Language Test FAQs

Why should you recruit Mandarin speaking employees?

Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world, with more than 1.3 billion speakers (including those who speak Chinese and other Chinese-related languages). If you need to do business with companies that speak Mandarin, a Mandarin-speaking employee could be beneficial.

Is Mandarin considered a business language?

For international businesses that work in China and other Eastern countries, Mandarin is a really important business language. Communicating with Mandarin-speaking clients and suppliers in a business-appropriate manner gets more important as businesses expand globally.

How do you test an applicant's Mandarin language competency?

The simplest way to assess an applicant on their Mandarin language competency is through the online Mandarin language test, which provides quantifiable results that show exactly how fluent and proficient each candidate is.

Who should take a language test in Mandarin?

A language test in Mandarin should be taken by any applicant for a role where communicating in Mandarin is necessary. This includes translation services, but also for sales teams and customer support representatives.

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