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TOCFL, HSL, ESK, IELTS, etc.[/quote]
TOCFL is the MOE’s test that you can take several times per year at various locations in Taiwan and now and then overseas.
I know nothing of HSL or ESK, but HS K is the mainland equivalent of TOCFL that you can take several times per year at various locations there and now and then overseas.
IELTS is an English test.
Afaik there is no paper TOCFL now, so you have to put up with the crappy interface that doesn’t let you go back and change your answers in the listening part. You need to be fast with the mouse!
Afaik the paper HSK still exists, at least in some locations.
In theory they’re both equivalent to the CEFR levels (1=A1, 6=C2), but there has been some controversy about this. The HSK website supposedly removed the claim at some point, but last time I checked it was still (or once again) making the claim.
Apparently the HSK was available in Taiwan, at least once in history, but isn’t now.
The conventional HSK covers listening, reading, and writing. Speaking is a separate test, the HSKK. (They also have separate tests for children, businesspeople, and Koreans.)
The conventional TOCFL covers listening and reading. Speaking and writing are both in separate tests and offered less often.
The TOCFL has something that would suit you: sign up for the “pilot” test and pay only $100 NT (plus the $15 processing fee at 7-11). Sometimes they offer a gift if you score high enough and/or invite you to take it again for free. You get your score instantly for listening/reading. You need to wait a few weeks or months to find out your score for speaking or writing. If you want a certificate, you need to sign up for the “formal” test and pay significantly more (similar to the price of the HSK).