Please contact us if you are interested in taking part in the Chinese Bridge Proficiency Competition for Midwest U.S. High School Students. The Confucius Institute at Wayne State University may be able to provide coaching and travel support for qualified applicants. You must be a non-native, non-heritage student of Chinese, enrolled in a Chinese course at a high school in southeastern Michigan. Competitions are held in May at rotating universities in the Midwestern United States.


2015 Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Midwest U.S. High School Students
at Wayne State University

 Registration Form                        Sample Questions                        Map to WSU Law School                     Information in pdf



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High School students from across the Midwest are cordially invited to participate in the 2015 Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Midwest U.S. High School Students sponsored by the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago and hosted by the Confucius Institute at Wayne State University. 


Award List


                           Champion                                                            First Runner Up                                                 Second Runner Up




Divisions: There will be four divisions based on the year/ level of Chinese in which a student is enrolled. In most cases, this will correspond to the number of years a student has studied Chinese. Students who are about to finish their first year of Chinese study should enter Division I; students about to finish their second year of Chinese study should enter Division II and so on. 

Awards: The overall winner of the competition will win a free trip to Yunnan, China in late October or early November of 2015, to compete in the international China Bridge competition for high school students. The first and second runners up will also win a free trip to Yunnan to watch the competition, but will not be eligible to compete. Additionally, there will be four divisions, based on course levels (see Divisions). First through third-place trophies will be presented in each of the four divisions with additional awards presented for best overall speech and best overall talent/ performance. Certificates will be awarded to contestants scoring highest on the written exam. All contestants completing the competition will receive certificates of recognition along with a small gift.Eligibility: All contestants must be between the ages of 15 and 18, born and raised in the U.S., have no Chinese ethnic background, and be currently enrolled in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 in a U.S. high school from one of the states under the judiciary region of the Chinese General Consulate Office in Chicago: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, or Wisconsin.


Written Exam (30 minutes): Students will be asked to take a multiple-choice exam on Chinese history and culture. All questions and answers will be presented in Chinese characters and will range from basic to highly challenging. Students will be given up to 60 minutes to complete the 40 question exam. Click here for sample questions.

Speech (2 minutes): All participants must present a two-minute speech entirely in Mandarin. The theme will be "Learn Chinese and Expand Your Horizons." Judges will notify contestants when ten seconds are remaining. Contestants may not continue to speak after the time keeper rings the bell. 

Talent (3 minutes): After the speech competition is completed, each contestant will be asked to demonstrate a talent in an area that highlights an aspect of Chinese culture. Talent categories may include, but are not limited to: singing, dancing, juggling, kuai ban, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, playing a traditional Chinese musical instrument, performing a puppet show, etc. A time keeper will notify contestants when ten seconds are remaining. Contestants may not continue after the time keeper rings the bell.

Schedule for Saturday, May 16, 2015:

9-10 AM: Registration/Continental Breakfast at Wayne State University Law School Atrium, 471 W. Palmer, Detroit, MI 48202   Click here for map
(Free parking is available in front of the Law School for all contestants and attendees)

10:00-10:20 Opening Remarks in Auditorium

10:30-11:00: Written Exam for all contestants in Room 2242

10:30-11:00: Judges’ Meeting in Auditorium 

11:15-12:30: Speech Competition in Law School Auditorium 

12:30-1:15: Lunch in the Law School Atrium (free to participants, coaches & parents)

1:30-3:00 Talent Segment in Law School Auditorium

3:15-3:30  Erhu/Guzheng (zither) performance by Xiaodong Wei   

3:30 - 4:00 Final Remarks and Award Presentation in Law School Auditorium

5:00  PM   Dinner in McGregor Memorial Center   (free to participants, coaches & parents) 

 Registration Form   Sample Questions                    Map to WSU Law School               Information in pdf

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