In this paper, several methods for testing the filling capacity including mechanical test method, vacuum test method, electrometric method, high-speed photography method and X-ray observation method were reviewed, and they can be divided into two classes, namely traditional test method and new test method based on computer. The principles and measurement process of theses methods were summarily described. Through further analysis and comparison, their merits and limitations were indicated respectively. Also, their applications in measuring filling capacity of liquid alloys were exemplified. Finally, it is thought that the development and application of computer technology will benefit to the accuracy improvement of filling capacity.