August, 2001

Three institutes under National Taiwan Normal University, Mandarin Training Center, Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and Research Center for Psychological and Educational Testing, started the development of the Chinese proficiency test program.

December, 2003

The first Chinese Proficiency Test was held on Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.

November, 2005
The Ministry of Education of R.O.C. entrusted NTNU with the mission to organize the Chinese Language Testing Center (CLTC) to develop the standardized Chinese Proficiency Test (CPT) with joint effort of experts of linguistics and testing.

November, 2005

Research and development of the Children’s Chinese Competency Certification (CCCC), a Chinese proficiency test designed especially for children under age 15.

March, 2006

CLTC invited officials at Chinese education centers, departments and institutes, and student recruitment officials of colleges and universities, to attend the symposium entitled “Contemporary Development of Chinese Proficiency Test (CPT) .”

April, 2006

Development of the “ CPT for Beginners ” started.

May-June, 2006

CPT went international for the first time with test services available in Thailand, UK, Japan, US, and Korea. 

June, 2006

The first computer-based CPT was administered in test centers throughout Taiwan.

June, 2006

CCCC pilot test conducted in the Chinese School in Seoul, (Korea), Jeollabuk-do (Korea), and the Korean School in Taipei (Taiwan).

December, 2006

A pilot test of CPT for Beginners was held on campuses of National Taiwan Normal University, Feng Chia University, Providence University, National Sun Yat-Sen University, and Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages.

January, 2007

CPT and CLTC were renamed as “Test of Proficiency-Huayu (TOP)” and “Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu (SC-TOP).”

March, 2007

Research and development of the Test Of Proficiency-Huayu: Writing (TOP: Writing) started.

March-April, 2007

The TOP tests were he ld in Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, France, UK, and US .

October, 2007

Development of Test Of Proficiency-Huayu: Speaking (TOP: Speaking) started.

October, 2007

Mr. Gilles Breton, French test expert, and Mr. Joel Bellassen, General Inspector of National Education for Chinese Language, French Ministry of Education, visited Taiwan and exchanged ideas on CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment), with researchers of SC-TOP.

November, 2007

Official TOP for Beginners administered.

January, 2008

Establishing the Chinese Proficiency Descriptions for the teaching, learning, and assessment of Huayu ability.

November, 2008

Pilot test of TOP: Writing.

December, 2008 Pilot test of TOP: Speaking.
August, 2010 TOP were renamed as “Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL)”
August, 2011 Pilot test of TOCFL for Level 1.

October, 2011

Official TOCFL Speaking administered.
Official TOCFL Writing administered.



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