Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese proficiency tests service of Confucius Institute of Suan Dusit University at Suphanburi (CISDUS) had been suspended for two months. In order to meet the needs of the majority of Chinese learners to test their staged achievements, the CISDUS decided to re-open its regular test service and add the at-home online tests in May. After successfully completing the regular tests administration on May 9, the CISDUS continued to make the at-home online tests administration another success on May 29 and 31, so that no Chinese learner was left behind being affirmed due to the pandemic.
Since those home-based online tests were temporarily provided, the time for its preparation and registration was very short. Meanwhile, due to the stay-home policy imposed on the office of the Confucius Institute, the conventional mailing and on-site registration methods had been cancelled. So, the CISDUS’ Chinese test center made an online registration form for the candidates to apply for the tests online. Within just ten days, nearly 50 candidates had registered for the exams. In order to help the candidates to familiarize with the home-based online test system, the test center not only published a text version of the test manual, but also recorded a test system tutorial, answering the candidates’ questions instantly on Facebook’s homepage and reminding them of taking the mock exams in advance.
On the 29th and 31st days of May, the CISDUS’ Chinese director Qiu Zongfeng, the test center’s chief Cao Siyuan and teacher volunteer Huang Jiajun started to work at the computers as early as 8:00 am, taking screenshots of the candidates’ logging-in, answering questions about how to log in and fill in the online test paper and monitoring all the testing processes. They kept working until 6:00 pm, and finally marked the end of the entire home-based online examinations.
What’s more, the CISDUS has always attached great importance to continuously improving its Chinese tests service, so it has also received positive approval from the majority of Chinese learners and established the brand effect of the Chinese tests center in central and western Thailand. In the future, the Confucius Institute will continue to provide excellent examination services for every candidate so as to encourage them to learn Chinese well and get higher scores in the tests, which in turns will promote them to further improvement, whereby making due contributions to the Chinese international education.