1. Get familiar with all the information about the test in advance
Before taking the test, you should familiarize yourself with the related issues about TOCFL, including the test objectives/targets, test procedures, test format/content and rules of testing centers etc. The more you are familiar with the test, the less nervous you will be on the test day.
2.Set your learning goals
Practice makes perfect. If you practice continuously every day, your language ability will improve. In other words, if you set your learning goals according to your language ability, you will of course increase the possibility of passing the test and receive a certificate. You can get familiar with the speed Chinese is spoken in daily-use context by watching TV and movies and by listening to radio programs. Some Chinese teaching materials come with CDs, with which you can practice listening and note-taking without referring to the printed texts. This is helpful for you to catch the main ideas in the talk. You may use the following books as your references in your further study: Practical Audio-Visual Chinese; Far East Everyday Chinese; Chinese Folk Tales; Mandarin Daily News; Radio Plays; Taiwan TV News Programs; Chinese Customs and Traditions; Advanced Chinese Reader.
You should try to expand your vocabulary in your study for the test. When you encounter an unfamiliar word, you should not only memorize its meaning, but also learn its usage from example sentences. In addition, you can also memorize some synonyms and antonyms of the word.
For most learners of Chinese, the most difficult aspect of reading in Chinese is recognition of characters. You must enlarge the amount of your vocabularies when preparing for the test. However, if you encounter an unfamiliar character, do not look it up in a dictionary immediately. You should try to guess its meaning first from the radical on the side of the character, the shape of the character, and the context, and finally consult a dictionary. This skill not only trains your ability to infer the meaning from the context and the shape of the words, but also reinforces your memory of them.
Texts used in Band B and above are from a wide range of sources. You are suggested to read newspapers and magazines extensively and also read authentic language materials such as advertisements, announcement, product manuals, etc.
If you plan to take TOCFL on Level 4 or above, a profound knowledge of proverbs and idioms is important, and should be developed by extensive reading. The use of these words and phrases is not based on the literal or surface meaning. You need to understand the implied meaning and the proper occasions to use them.
3.Practice the mock test
Before the test, you can practice mock tests with the time restriction, so as to get used to the appropriate answering speed. By practicing the mock tests, you can know well the test format and the answering methods, which will lead to better scores.