2017 Test Of
Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL, formerly known as TOP) is now accepting applications
The Test Of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)
is Taiwan's national standardized test designed and developed by
the National Taiwan Normal University to
evaluate and certify the Chinese language proficiency of
non-native speakers, such as foreigners and overseas Chinese.
TOCFL test is administrated by the
Ministry of Education through the Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu
Overseas, the SC-TOP co-proctors test administration with local Taiwan
representative offices and/or educational institutions.Besides, the
SC-TOP also designed Children's Chinese Competency Certification (CCCC)
for children aging 7-12.
The SC-TOP had launched the overseas
TOCFL Listening & Reading test services
in 2007 to meet the high demand of international Chinese
2016, the test services were widespread in 33 countries, and more than 230,000 people have taken TOCFL. In southern
California, there have been more than 4000 people taking TOCFL and CCCC
TOCFL Listening & Readinghas
level name change from January 1, 2014 in order to correspond
to levels used by CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for
Languages: Learning, Teaching, and Assessment ) and ACTFL
(American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). This can
basis for recognizing language qualifications across the national
boundaries. TOCFL consists of band A, B and C, which
corresponds to 6 levels, while CCCC consits of 3 levels:
sprouting, seedling and blossoming. TOCFL has 100 questions and the
testing time is 2 hours. The testing time of CCCC is 40, 50, and 60
minutesand it consits of 40, 50 and 60 questions respectively for the 3 different levels.
The 2 tests are available in both traditional and
simplified character versions.
Examinee are not required to write Chinese characters while
taking the test, all answers are to be marked on the Answer
Sheet with a 2B pencil.
Successful examinee will receive a Chinese
Proficiency Certificate as a credential for the
Become eligible for the “Taiwan
Scholarship” and “Ministry
of Education Huayu Enrichment Scholarship” sponsored
by government for studying in Taiwan.
Qualify for admission to the academic
programs at colleges or universities in Taiwan
Serve as a job-required proof of Chinese
language proficiency for individuals who wish to obtain
Chinese-inclusive, bilingual employment globally
Provide an incentive to those who are
interested in learning Chinese
In order to encourage those tatking the test, here are some extra
benefits in 2016: ( applicants should show TOCFL/CCCC transcripts)
1. National Taiwan Ocean University offer 3 quotas for free Mandarin Chinese courses for 3 months.
2. Mandarin Chinese Center in Tamkang University offers free tuition for courses of the first month overseas.
3. National Chengchi University : Registration fee for formal courses is waived in Mandarin Chinese Learning Center
4. Others such as National Taiwan Normal University , etc will also offer benefits soon.
Listening & Reading is a great way to challenge yourself as a
learner of Chinese, also to assess your abilities in reading,
listening, grammar, and vocabulary. In addition, it can be a
powerful proof of language capability for individuals who wish
to study, work, or do business in Chinese-speaking countries.
Please join the thousands of Chinese learners in the world by
signing up for TOCFL Listening & Reading and
be an efficient and
TOP-notch learner of Mandarin Chinese!