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Publié le 11 December 2023

Prepare yourself for the oral comprehension test of the TEF

If you are taking the TEF and would like to know everything to prepare for the oral comprehension part of the test, this article is for you!

What does the oral comprehension test consist of?

The oral comprehension test lasts 40 minutes and is made up of 40 questions from everyday life situations (public announcement, interview, conversation, radio program…):

• 4 questions to understand conversations with drawings
• 4 questions to understand public announcements
• 6 questions to understand sidewalk microphones
• 2 questions to understand radio chronicles
• 6 questions to understand interviews
• 1 question to understand a report
• 10 questions to understand various documents

For each question, you will have the choice between several answer options, in the form of a list or a drop-down menu. There is only 1 correct answer. A correct answer gives you 1 point. If your answer is wrong or you don’t answer, you get no points. No points are deducted if you do not answer.

It is important for you to remain focused. Listen carefully to the messages and progressively answer the questions.

Please note: on the day of the test, the audio documents start automatically. You won’t be able to replay the messages, nor go back.

We recommend that you first read the questions and all the answer options before listening to the audio documents. Then, select an answer, even if you are not completely sure, and move on to the next question. Once the answer is validated, you will not be able to go back.

How can I work on my oral comprehension?

The oral comprehension test aims at measuring your ability to understand spoken French, the content and meaning of messages, by listening to audio documents.

To succeed in this test, it is necessary to regularly listen to all types of audio documents (French music, radio, podcast, audio book, videos…) on various themes to get used to hearing and understanding French.

This will allow you to improve your understanding of an oral situation, help you locate useful information (key words, dates, places, numbers…) and enrich your vocabulary. All this will allow you to reinforce your knowledge and will give you confidence on the day of the test.

Finally, to prepare yourself for the test format, you can consult the tutorial, the preparation video and some subjects examples dedicated to the oral comprehension test.


Some advice to pass the oral comprehension test, by Emilie, education manager: 

1. Always answer, even if you are not 100% sure (wrong answers or no answer does not take away points)
Read the questions and all answer options before starting the audio document.

3. Clear your mind before each new question so that you are focused only on the document.


In which TEF can I find the oral comprehension test?

You will have to take the oral comprehension test whether you are taking the TEF Canada, the TEFAQ, or the TEF IRN. However, the length of the test will be different for the TEF IRN (10 min – 17 questions). The questions will be mainly about everyday life situations.


You can also consult our articles on the TEF test:

Prepare for the oral expression test of the TEF

–Prepare for section A of the TEF written expression test: the story

–Prepare for section B of the TEF written expression: the argumentation

–Prepare for the written comprehension test of the TEF

Prepare for the vocabulary and syntax test of the TEF

Don’t forget to consult our TEF preparation workshops here.


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