Test Of Chinese as a Foreign Language

Taiwan's national standardized test for
Chinese language proficiency.

Be an efficient and TOP-notch learner
Mandarin Chinese!








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 followings: 
 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.


TOCFL 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 cognitive and 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.




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Things you need to know when signing up for TOCFL……

 When and where will the TOCFL Listening & Reading test be held? 
The Education Division of TECO in Los Angeles  holds the TOCFL Listening and Reading test every year since 2006 at Pasadena City College, usually in late March or early April. We currently do not have plan to hold the on-site testing due to continued spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Please check this website regularly for any updates or changes. Before we can safely hold the test, the TOCFL Home Edition will be the best choice for those who need to obtain the Chinese language certificate.

What’s TOCFL Home Edition? How to sign up?
TOCFL Home Edition is designed by Steering Committee for the Test of Proficiency-Huayu to meet the demands of overseas test takers. Using cloud-based testing, tests will be implemented using remote monitoring methods. Currently only Band A and Band B segments of the TOCFL tests are available. Test fees are set at NT$3,000 (approximately US$108, subject to exchange rate) as the universal rate across all regions. Test dates and times will be set according to Taiwan’s time zone. The Listening and Reading Test is two hours long in total.

Applicants should complete the Application Form of TOCFL Home Edition  and the TOCFL Home Edition Test Taker Agreement Form, and send as attachments to the Steering Committee’s dedicated email address: service@sc-top.org.tw. For more details, please see the Application Procedure Guidelines, or send all inquiries to service@sc-top.org.tw.

Which level of TOCFL Listening & Reading is suitable?
Examinee can choose the test level that is most suitable for them.  The following chart provides a helpful reference to different levels of TOCFL Listening & Reading requirement :   

Test Level

Test Result


Learning  Hours

Vocabulary Base






At least 60hours


 入門基礎級Band A

入門(level 1)


240- 480 hours (1-2 ears)


基礎 (level 2)


480-720 hours (1-2 years)


進階高階級Band B

進階 (level 3)


720-960 hours (2-3 years)


高級 (level 4)


960-1920 hours (3-4 ears)


流利精通級Band C

流利 (level 5)


1920-3840 hours


精通 (level 6)


More than 3840 hours


Where to find the TOCFL Listening & Reading mock-test?
Applicants can try the On-line Mock Test to familiarize with the test format.

Download a complete Mock test for free
at  http://www.sc-top.org.tw/mocktest.php

In addition to Mock Tests on the website of Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu (SC-TOP) to practice, the following referencebooks are highly recommended:

1. The Ultimate Illustrated Chinese Grammar Guide

2. A course in Contemporary Chinese 

You can refer to Purchase Information  for purchasing option.