As far as Chinese proficiency exams go, the Chinese HSK exam is probably the most well know, though there is an alternative. In Taiwan, learners of Chinese take the TOCFL exam (Test of Chinese as a Foreign language), formally known as the TOP exam (Test of Proficiency in Hanyu). If you’re in Taiwan then this is without a doubt the exam that you’ll be taking to prove your worth in Chinese, but even if you’re outside of Taiwan then the TOCFL exam can still be useful to you.
The TOCFL websites features mock exams for all ability levels free to download, including the MP3 files for the listening section and the answer sheets – and for those worried that Taiwan uses Traditional Chinese there is even a Simplified Chinese version of the exams.
If you’ve taken the TOP before then you should still give these TOCFL exams a look the examination style has changed and, in my opinion, has improved a lot. Even if you don’t plan on taking the official exam this is a great way to gauge your current level, and as the answers are provided you can even grade yourself.
If you’ve taken the TOP before or you know of any other online resources like this then let us know your thoughts in the comments.