General information

Assessment in Mandarin Chinese

To register candidates, please click here.


Pupils sit the ISEB Assessment in Mandarin Chinese at any age when a candidate is ready. There are two testing sessions each year, in January and June:

  • Level 1 candidates can sit the assessment in January or June
  • Level 2 candidates can sit the assessment in June

Schools can schedule the assessments at any time within January or June.

The current syllabuses can be viewed here.

Dates & timetables

Assessment timetable spring 2022
Assessment timetable summer 2022


Assessment fee (non-refundable)
A full breakdown of fees is available here.


Listening and speaking instructions and regulations
Assessment administration guide
Assessment quick guide

Entering candidates

Registration for the ISEB Assessment in Mandarin Chinese is done using the ISEB registration website. Each school has an account number and a password, which should be stored safely for future use.

Dates for registering candidates are:

Session Opening date Closing date
Spring (January) 2 October 1 December
Summer (June) 2 December 1 May

Schools can register candidates, delete them and amend any details. This can be done at any time before the closing date.

Registration lists can be viewed at any time. If schools have changes after the closing date, these should be sent by email to

Please note that all late entries will incur a late fee if received after the published closing date. See the fees section of the website for further information.

SEND candidates

ISEB is aware of JCQ regulations and recommends that they are followed. Where a candidate's normal working practice involves the use of a scribe, a reader or an extra time allowance, the administering school can make special arrangements accordingly. Schools with SEND candidates who are using this assessment as part of their Common Entrance application, should contact the relevant senior school to discuss each candidate's needs and obtain permission for any special arrangements.

Actions before the assessment

Schools which have registered candidates will have access to the School Panel, a secure online portal which contains all relevant assessment documentation.

It is important that schools check the compatibility of their IT equipment before the assessment. Please see details in the Administration Guide and on the School Panel.

Actions after the assessment

Schools must ensure that for Level 2, speaking results and speaking audio files have been uploaded to the School Panel in order to generate a full set of results.

Schools registering candidates for the Level 2 assessment (only) in June, should be aware that they will need to provide their own teacher/assessor to conduct the speaking test.


Results will be available one week after all elements of the assessments have been taken.

Feedback to ISEB

The Board welcomes feedback from schools; comments should be sent to