About the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)
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 (SC-TOP). Overseas, the
SC-TOP co-proctors test administration with local Taiwan representative offices
and/or educational institutions.
Three types of TOCFL test have been
developed, including TOCFL Listening & Reading, TOCFL Speaking,
and TOCFL Writing. The SC-TOP had launched the overseas TOCFL
Listening & Reading
test services in 2006 to meet the high demand of
international Chinese learners. In 2018, the test services were
widespread in 40 countries, including Taiwan. Since then, the test
services were widespread in 40 countries, including Taiwan, nearly
500,000 people has taken the test and among them, more than 6,500
people are from Southern California.
TOCFL Listening & Reading has 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 provide a basis for recognizing language
qualifications across the national boundaries. The new version consists
of band A, B and C, which corresponds to 6 levels, and is
available in both traditional and simplified character versions. TOCFL in
Southern California has reading and listening tests. The total question number
is 100 and the test time is 2 hours. Those who have learnt for 240-720 hours or
know 500-1000 characters can register for band A, basic level.
In order to encourage more people to
improve their Chinese proficiency, now the new level “TOCFL-Novice” has been
created for those adult beginning learners who have learnt Chinese for at least 60 hours
overseas. Beginning learners can know their Chinese proficiency through the
listening and reading tests in the Novice level and gain more confidence. The listening
test and the reading test totally take 50 minutes (each part takes 25 minutes).
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.
Listening & Reading is a great way to challenge yourself as a
learnerof 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!
Children aging from 7-12 can take the test of Children's Chinese
Competency Certification (CCCC). Its levels incude Sprouting, Seedling and
Blossoming, which takes 40, 50, and 60 minutes to complete the test.
The test content has listening and reading part.It is designed in consideration of children’s specific
linguistic development, is a standardized test to objectively measure
the Chinese proficiency of young test takers from different language
and culture backgrounds. With its special emphasis on the everyday
lives and interests of children, CCCC helps test takers to understand
their own levels of Chinese proficiency and encourages them to pursue
further Chinese studying.