By: Jocylin FC, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) is a standardized test developed for non-native speakers of Chinese. It is designed to measure test takers’ listening and reading abilities. TOCFL is designed by Steering Committee for the Test of Proficiency- Huayu (SC-TOP) and directed by the Ministry of Education.
SC-TOP has launched the TOCFL Speaking exam in 2011. Since then, SC-TOP has held Basic, Intermediate and Advanced level tests. On July 18, 2015, SC-TOP will hold the Band C Fluent level examination for the first time.
TOCFL Speaking is a communication-oriented test which assesses Chinese learners’ non-academic speaking ability. There are 3 sections. The first section is stating opinions, the second section is role playing and responding to viewpoints and the third section is summarizing articles and expounding viewpoints. The test materials are based on authentic situations which are close to everyday life. The purpose of the test is to evaluate test takers’ ability to effectively express themselves by speaking in assorted situations. [FULL STORY]