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!








2019 Test Of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL, formerly known as TOP) is now accepting applications

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, more than 320,000 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 will be holding the 2017 TOCFL Listening and Reading test on Saturday, April 27 2019 in Pasadena City College. Applicants should register for the test no later than March 27. 2019.

How to sign up for TOCFL Listening & Reading test?
Applications can be submitted by mail or in person at the Education Division, TECO (3731 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 770, Los Angeles, CA 90010) before March 27, 2019

What to include with the application?

To sign up for TOCFL/CCCC Listening & Reading test, please include the followings:

1.          a completed  TOCFL Application Form

            a completed  CCCC Application Form


2.          a copy of picture ID

3.       Application fee:US $40 for TOCFL (Band A, B, C), and US $30 for CCCC and TOCFL Novice level.  (All fees are non-refundable; please pay by check and make it payable to “Education Division, TECO”)

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


In addition to Mock Tests on the website of Steering Committee for

the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu (SC-TOP), the following reference

books are highly recommended:

1. The Ultimate Illustrated Chinese Grammar Guide

2.A course in Contemporary Chinese

Purchase Information

 What to bring to the TOCFL Listening & Reading test?
A Notification of Entry which includes the location of the test center, registration number, seat number, and other test-related information will be sent to each examinee.  Please bring a print-out of the Notification of Entry, a picture ID, some 2B pencils and an eraser with you to the test.

  TOCFL Issuance of Certificates Regulations

Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office-LA collaborates with local schools in Southern California, like department of Chinese in Universities, schools with immersion programs and Chinese schools, for the test and welcome all schools or companies to work with us, please contact us via email :  losangeles@mail.moe.gov.tw

Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan

The Ministry of Education launched its "Mandarin On-the-Go in Taiwan" program in August 2017. It invited the Ministry of Transportation and Communication's Tourism Bureau, and the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration of the Ministry of Economic Affairs to be co-organizers, and integrated tourism and Chinese-learning resources to create a brand new study-tour model.

Chinese Language Centers associated with universities in different parts of Taiwan are offering specially selected distinctive study tours each year, for example, “Enjoy lifestyle in Taipei” in Tamkang University in northern Taiwan, “Two Day Tour Learning Chinese, Traveling Changhua - Temple Culture& Lukang Township” in National Changhua University of Education in central Taiwan, “Let's Fun Kaohsiung 2 Days + 1 Nights” in National Sun Yat-sen University in southern Taiwan and “Hualien Mini Trip-Fun with Chinese” in Tzu Chi University in eastern Taiwan. We want to invite more international visitors to come on these tours and experience traveling and learning Chinese in Taiwan. "Learn Chinese, as you Explore Taiwan!"

 "Mandarin On-the-Go" links culture with real life, and it brings learners and social environments, "travelling" and "learning" together. It puts participants in real environments where they can use the language they're learning to engage socially: "learning by using Chinese in daily life". This also makes it possible for tourism to give a greater sense of understanding and connection rather than superficial impressions. Participants will remember more of what they see and hear, and treasure the increased meaning and pleasure of travel. For further information, please go to http://www.mgt.org.tw/