Introduction to Test of Chinese
as a Foreign Language
What is TOCFL?
The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL), formerly known as TOP, is an examination of Chinese proficiency for non-native speakers of Chinese. This is an ongoing project designed and developed by the Mandarin Training Center (MTC), Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign/Second Language and Research Center for Psychological and Educational Testing of National Taiwan Normal University since August 2001. The Test Of Proficiency-Huayu (TOP) was first administered in December 2003. Currently, people coming from over 60 countries have participated in this test.
What is TOCFL Used for?
TOCFL test takers who reach the level requirements will receive a certificate. The certificate can serve as a Chinese proficiency credential for:
－Applying for the “Taiwan Scholarship”.
－Applying for academic programs at colleges or universities in Taiwan.
－Serving as a reference of Chinese subject for University Entrance Committee for Overseas Chinese Students.
－Serving as a job-required proof of Chinese language proficiency.
Those who have participated in TOCFL and reached the level requirements will receive a certificate issued by the Ministry of Education.