Publié le 20 April 2021
If you are taking the TEF and would like to know everything to prepare for the written comprehension part of the test, this article is for you!
The written comprehension test lasts 1 hour and is made up of 50 questions concerning different documents:
For each question, there are four answer options, but only 1 is correct. A correct answer gives you 1 point. If your answer is wrong or you don’t answer, you get no points.
Before reading the document, we recommend that you first read the questions and all the answer options. Next, it is important to read the entire document so that you do not miss any information and find the right answers. Finally, check that you have answered all the questions correctly. We also encourage you to reread your answers before validating the test.
The written comprehension test is designed to assess your ability to read a written text, understand it and process the information. It does not aim at testing your knowledge on a subject.
To succeed in this test, it is necessary to regularly read all types of texts (newspaper articles, novel extracts, classified ads, cooking recipes, etc.) on various themes. This will allow you to read quickly, to locate important information and to improve your vocabulary. All this will allow you to reinforce your knowledge and will give you more 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 written comprehension test.
Some advice to pass the written comprehension test, by Amandine, education manager:
1. Manage your time so that you can answer all the questions: if you get stuck on a text or a question, note the number on the screen and move on to the next questions. You can come back to this question at the end of the test if you have some time left.
You will have to take the written comprehension test whether you are taking the TEF Canada, the TEFAQ, the TEF IRN.
However, the length of the test will be different for the TEF IRN (30 min – 13 questions).
The questions will be based on everyday life documents such as an advertisement, a job offer, a menu, a letter or a newspaper article.
You can also consult our articles on the TEF test (in French):
– Prepare yourself for the oral expression test of the TEF
– Prepare yourself for section A of the TEF written expression test
– Prepare yourself for section B of the TEF written expression test
– Prepare yourself for the oral 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.
If you have further questions about the test preparation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or join our Facebook group.