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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 is used in more than 60 countries. TOCFL is divided into four sub-tests: Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing. There are three proficiency bands (A~C) and each band is divided into two levels making a total of six levels. Test-takers can choose the sub-test level that best suits their Chinese language proficiency and learning background.


 TOCFL test-takers will receive a certificate for each sub-test they pass. The TOCFL certificate can serve as evidence of Chinese proficiency for:

1.       Applying for a Taiwan Scholarship.

2.       International students applying for academic programs at colleges and universities in Taiwan.

3.       Overseas Chinese Students applying for admission to a university in Taiwan through the University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students.

4.       Employment applications which require proof of Chinese language proficiency.

5.       Obtaining bonus points under Taiwan’s appraisal system for overseas Chinese and international students who want to remain in Taiwan to work.

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’ TOCFL certification into account. 

Target Test Taker

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.

  • Level
    Ranking of 980
    Indicative Course Hours Suitable Vocabulary Base
    In Chinese-speaking areas In non-Chinese-speaking areas
    Band A Level 1 120–240 hours 240–480 hours 500
    Level 2 240–360 hours 480–720 hours 1000
    Band B Level 3 360–480 hours 720–960 hours 2500
    Level 4 480–960 hours 960–1,920 hours 5000
    Band C Level 5 960–1,920 hours 1,920–3,840 hours 8000
    Level 6 More than 1,920 hours More than 3,840 hours

TOCFL TestingA vocabulary list for each level can be found online at

The Steering Committee for the Test of Proficiency–Huayu (SC–TOP) began providing overseas test services in 2006 to meet the needs of international learners. Candidates can now take the TOCFL in Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, U.K., France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, and Burkina Faso. More overseas test centers will be added in the near future. If you need further information, please visit

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