The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is a set of standardized language proficiency tests developed for non-native speakers of Chinese that has already served test-takers from more than 60 countries. TOCFL is divided into four sub-tests: TOCFL Listening, TOCFL Reading, TOCFL Speaking, and TOCFL Writing. There are three proficiency bands: Band A, Band B, and Band C, and each band is divided into two levels making a total of six levels: Level 1 to Level 6. Test-takers can choose the level that best suits their Chinese language proficiency and learning background for each sub-test they want to take.
TOCFL test-takers will receive a certificate for each sub-test that they register for and pass. The TOCFL certificate can serve as evidence of Chinese proficiency for:
Many undergraduate and graduate programs in Taiwan require a TOCFL certificate for admission or for evaluation of an applicant’s Chinese proficiency, and many international businesses that do business with Taiwan will take candidates’ having TOCFL certificates into account when they are recruiting.
TOCFL is a foreign language proficiency test for non-native speakers of Chinese. Anyone who wants to know their Chinese proficiency level, and anyone who wants to study, work, or do business in Chinese-speaking countries or contexts is welcome to register for the test.
Ranking of 980
|Indicative Course Hours||Vocabulary
|In non-Chinese speaking
|Band A||Level 1||120–240 hours||40–480 hours||500 words|
|Level 2||240–360 hours||480–720 hours||1,000 words|
|Band B||Level 3||360–480 hours||720–960 hours||2,500 words|
|Level 4||480–960 hours||960–1,920 hours||5,000 words|
|Band C||Level 5||960–1,920 hours||1,920–3,840 hours||8,000 words|
|Level 6||More than 1,920 hours||More than 3,840 hours|