HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) is an internationally recognized standardized exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency. Designed by the Beijing Language Institute and ministered through Hanban, the Confucius Institute Headquarters, there are six levels of writing tests and three levels of speaking tests. Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is for young students. There are four levels of written test and two levels of speaking test.

TOCFL (Test Of Chinese as a Foreign Language) is another internationally recognized standardized test to evaluate and certify the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers. Designed by National Taiwan Normal University, there are levels 1 to 6 as well as a pre-level. Children ages 7-12 can take the test for Children’s Chinese Competency Certification (CCCC). These tests include listening and reading, at three levels: Sprouting (40 min), Seedling (50 min), and Blossoming (60 min). 


The administrators of both tests will issue Proficiency Certificates to the test-takers.

Why take the HSK or TOCFL?

  • Qualify for admission, level-based placement, and accreditation in academic programs at colleges and universities in Taiwan and China

  • Provide job-required proof of Chinese language proficiency for individuals who wish to obtain Chinese-inclusive, bilingual employment globally

  • Official assessment of Chinese proficiency 

  • Broader framework for goal-setting to motivate students to move forward in their Chinese language learning

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