The Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu (SC-TOP) was established in November 2005 under the direction of the Ministry of Education of R.O.C. Originally "Chinese Language Testing Center" and renamed in January, 2007, the Committee aims to develop and promote an effective Chinese assessment system, mainly the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL), for Chinese learners worldwide to assess their Chinese proficiency.
The For Beginners level of TOCFL measures both listening and reading skills of non-native Chinese speakers at the beginning level. The first test was administrated in Nov. 2007. The total number of test items is 80, and the total testing time is 80 minutes. TOCFL is given in multiple-choice items. Test takers get one point for each correct answer. There is no penalty deduction for the incorrect answer.
TOCFL is a foreign language proficiency test for non-native speakers of Chinese. Those who wish to know about their level of Chinese proficiency, or those who want to study, work or do business in Chinese speaking countries are welcome to register for the test.
TOCFL is administrated in four levels, For Beginners, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. For the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels of TOCFL, each level has three sections, including listening, vocabulary and grammar, and reading. The total number of test items is 100, and the total testing time is 110 minutes.