What is TOCFL?
TOCFL (Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language) is Taiwan’s Mandarin test. It can be taken both in simplified or traditional characters. As the HSK in mainland China, the TOCFL is sometimes required when applying for university or for a job. However, it is not when applying for any visa.
This “Made in Taiwan” test is the equivalent of HSK in Taiwan, but it is known to be more complicated than the one made in China. Indeed, while the HSK Level 6 requires the knowledge of 5000 words, the advanced level of the TOCFL exam requires the knowledge of 7945!
The test you should prepare also depends on where you decide to study, but the best solution would be to take one of the exams once you are in the country.
Important to know: HSK cannot be taken in Taiwan, just as TOCFL cannot be taken in China.