Organization Introduction

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. We aim 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.

Test Introduction

The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is a standardized language proficiency test developed for non-native speakers of Chinese. It is the result of a joint project of the Mandarin Training Center, the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and the Psychological Testing Center of National Taiwan Normal University. The research project started in August 2001, and the tests started to be conducted in 2003. So far, it has served test takers from over 60 countries. The new version of TOCFL is developed since 2008, to become available in 2013.

 

The new version of the TOCFL has three proficiency bands: Band A, Band B, and Band C. Each of the bands has two levels. Therefore, there are a total of six levels: Levels 1 to 6. The items on the test of each level are 50 multiple choice items, to be answered in 60 minutes. Test takers can choose the test levels best suited to them based on their Chinese language proficiency and learning background.

Target Test Taker

TOCFL is designed 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 take the test.

Test Level Test Result CEFR Learning hours Vocabulary base
Band A Level 1
Level 2
A1
A2
120-240 hrs
240-360 hrs
500
1000
Band B Level 3
Level 4
B1
B2
360-480 hrs
480-960 hrs
2500
5000
Band C Level 5
Level 6
C1
C2
960-1920 hrs
More than 1920 hrs
800
8000

This table is only a reference for learners in Chinese Speaking areas. Self-study time is included in the learning hours. For learners living in non-Chinese speaking areas, the amount of learning hours should be doubled.

Test Content

The authentic materials used in the TOCFL are extracted from materials in daily life, such as advertisements, public announcements, notices, letters, memos, time schedules, and weather broadcasts. In addition, these diversified texts are derived from a variety of fields, including literature, science, art, astronomy, and history.

 

Test Content
Test Format

The content of the test in general focuses on everyday speech incorporated in various situations.

TOCFL Listening
  • The TOCFL Listening-Band A has four sections: Picture Description, Single-round,Dialogue (questions with picture options), Multiple-round Dialogue (questions with picture options), and Dialogue (questions with text options). There are 50 multiple-choice questions in total. The entire test takes approximately 60 minutes.

  • The TOCFL Listening-Band B and Band C: Each has two sections: Dialogue and Monologue. There are 50 multiple-choice questions with text options. The entire test takes approximately 60 minutes.

TOCFL Reading
  • TOCFL Reading-Band A has five sections: Sentence Comprehension, Picture Description, Gap Filling, Paragraph Completion and Reading Comprehension. There are 45 multiple-choice questions and 5 matching questions in total. The total testing time is 60 minutes.

  • TOCFL Reading-Band B and Band C have two sections: Gap Filling and Reading Comprehension. There are 50 multiple-choice questions in total. The total testing time is 60 minutes.

TOCFL Speaking
  • The TOCFL Speaking test at Band A consists of three sections. The first section has two warm-up items. The second section has four test items in the task type of Answering Questions. The third section includes four test items arranged in two task types: Describing Experiences and Describing a Video Clip.

  • The TOCFL Speaking test at Band B consists of two sections. The first section has two warm-up items. The second section includes six test items arranged in three task types: Describing Experiences, Describing a Picture and Stating Opinions.

  • The TOCFL Speaking test at Band C consists of three sections. The first section has one Stating Opinions item. The second section includes three test items arranged in two task types: Role Playing and Responding to Viewpoints. The third section includes three test items arranged in two task types: Summarizing Articles and Expounding Viewpoints.

TOCFL Writing
  • The TOCFL Writing test at Band A consists of two sections. The first section has three test items in the task type of Rearrangement, Dialogue completion and Picture description. The second section has one test item in the task type of Correspondence writing.

  • The TOCFL Writing test at Band B consists of two sections. The first section has one test item in the task type of Correspondence writing. The second section has one test item in the task type of Argumentative writing.

  • The TOCFL Writing test at Band C consists of two sections. The first section has one test item in the task type of Summary writing. The second section has one test item in the task type of Argumentative writing.

Purpose of the TOCFL

TOCFL certificate can serve as a Chinese proficiency credential for:

  • Applying for the "Taiwan Scholarship".

  • Serving as a reference of Chinese subject for University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students.

  • Applying for academic programs at colleges or universities in Taiwan.

  • Serving as a job-required proof of Chinese language proficiency.

Based on previous research on the TOCFL, a minimum achievement of proficiency on the Level 5 of TOCFL is recommended for a non-native speaker of Chinese interested in studying Chinese Language or Literature in Taiwan. For those who seek to apply for other programs in liberal arts, a minimum achievement on the Level 4 is recommended. The requirements for foreign students who intend to study in other programs in college could be determined by each program. It is suggested that any foreign students pursuing studies in a college program in Taiwan should reach the requirement of the Level 2, simply for day-to-day communication.

TOCFL Testing Overseas

To meet the demand of numerous international Chinese learners, the SC-TOP has started to provide overseas test services since 2006. Also, the SC-TOP plans to increase test locations annually. For more information, please contact your local Education Division of Taipei Economic Cultural Office.

Contact SC-TOP

TEL

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+886-2-7734-5638

FAX

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+886-2-2601-4181

E-mail

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service@sc-top.org.tw

Website

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www.sc-top.org.tw

Location

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7F, Information and Academic Building, No. 2, Sec. 1, Ren-ai Rd., Lin-kou Dist., New Taipei City 24449, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

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