• Instruction

  • TOCFL Listening Test is a computerized test. Test questions and possible answers are shown on the screen of the computer. Test takers should use the mouse to click on the correct answer. The questions in the listening section will be played from the headphones. Each question will be played twice in Band A tests, but only once in Band B and Band C tests. After that, there are five seconds given for test takers to click on the answer before the next test item is played.
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  • Preparation

  • 1. Be familiar with the test
    Obtain information of the test, including the features, target test takers, test content, test procedures, and test regulations, so that you won’t get agitated when you are at the test.
    2. Have a clear study objective
    Constant practice is the key to learning a language.  You will certainly have a better chance of passing the test if you have a clear study objective.  You can watch movies on daily-life topics to get used to the speed and style of daily talk.  You can also listen to radio programs or some listening materials that come with Chinese textbooks.  It also helps you catch the main points of the talk if you practice taking notes on some keywords when listening.  Many good listening activities are prepared in textbooks widely used in Taiwan, such as: Practical Audio-visual Chinese, Far East Everyday Chinese, Chinese Folktales, Mandarin Daily News, Mini Radio Plays, Newspaper Readings, Ideology and Society, Advanced Chinese Readers, etc.
    3. Mock Test
    You can practice taking the TOCFL mock tests, to feel how it is to answer the test items with time pressure.  This also helps you get familiar with the types of test items and sharpen your answering skills.
  • At the test
  1. Relax, but focus your attention to listen to the test items.
  2. Each question will be played twice in Band A tests, but only once in Band B and Band C tests. After that, there are five seconds given for test takers to click on the answer before the next test item is played. While listening, you can start to look at the possible answers displayed on the test booklet or the computer screen. This should give you more time to respond.
  3. Questions will be played in a fixed sequence.  There is no way to return to the previous items.  Do not spend too much time on any item, otherwise you may miss the next item.
  4. For test items in Band A tests, you may pay special attention to some transitional words or phrases.  This may help you understand the relations between the sentences.
  5. For test items in Band B tests, the passages are longer, and each passage comes with several (2 to 5) questions.  We suggest that you to listen carefully to the directions before each passage.  You can also try to find clues to understanding by focusing on the transitional words, speech context, and the tones and intonation of the speakers, to grasp the overall meaning of the talk.
  6. In Band C tests, the passages are longer than those in other Bands, You are advised to take notes of some points while listening on the paper we prepare for you.  However, please do not attempt to take down every word, as that is definitely impractical and not helpful at all.
 
 

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