Last CET of 2009
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Dec.19,2009. The last CET of 2009 was held in many Universities in China Mainland.
The College English Test, better known as CET, is a national English as a Foreign Language test in the People’s Republic of China.
Before the 2005 reform, the full credit was 100 points. This test was held nationally twice a year in June and December. The CET consisted of the non-English-specialized “Band 4″, in which certificate-holders have reached the English level of non-English major undergraduate students, and “Band 6″, in which the certificate-holders have reached the English level of non-English major postgraduates. The test included listening, reading and writing sections. The spoken test was optional and required certain points from the written test.
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When you walked in many Universities in Naning, you could find that some teaching buildings were sealed off, because they are used as examination rooms. The test time was 09:00-11:20 and 15:00-17:20, the CET4 was held in the morning and the CET6 was in the afternoon. The examination area is closed to the traffic for noice control, especially there is a listening part in the test.
The CET is held in the 3rd or 4th Saturday of December and June, usually after 20th of that month. Full score is 710, which means if your score is above 426, you pass it. CET6 is harder than the CET4 and you have to pass band 4 to get the qualification of band 6. If you pass the CET, the Ministry of Education will give you a certificate. Now it become a common English ability certificate for the students of higher education.
Personally, I don’t think the student’s English ability can be well reflected in these test, but CET is still an important test for most of the college students in Mainland China.