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Test d’évaluation de français (TEF)

Created in 1998 by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI, the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French.

The results are valid for two years.

 

Why take the TEF?

  • To study in France (TEF Études)
  • To obtain French citizenship (TEF Naturalisation)
  • To obtain a resident card (TEF Carte de résident)
  • To emigrate to Canada and obtain Canadian citizenship (TEF Canada)
  • To emigrate to Quebec (TEF Québec – TEFAQ)
  • To certify your level of French proficiency in a professional context, to assess candidates’ proficiency in French in a recruitment context, to position students in a training or study abroad context, etc.

 

What does the test include?

The TEF is conducted electronically or on paper  at certain testing centres.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

The objective of the TEF is to evaluate your French skills on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic skills) to level 6 (complete fluency). This scale corresponds to:

  • the 6 competency levels, A1 to C2, of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR)
  • the 12 levels of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB/NCLC)

1 test, 5 examinations:

  • Oral comprehension (CO) 40 min – 60 questions – 360 points
  • Reading comprehension (CE) 60 min – 50 questions – 300 points
  • Oral expression (EO) 15 min – 2 subjects to be covered – 450 points
  • Written Expression (EE) 60 min – 2 subjects to be covered – 450 points
  • Vocabulary and Syntax (LS) 30 min – 40 questions – 240 points

The duration of these examinations differs for the TEF Carte de résident ; you can find the details on the examinations here.

 

Which examinations correspond to which test?

The procedures used depend on the version of the TEF selected:

Études

Naturalisation

Carte de résident

Canada

Québec

Mandatory examinations

Oral comprehension

Written comprehension

Vocabulary and syntax

Written expression

Mandatory examinations

Oral comprehension

Oral expression

Mandatory examinations

Oral comprehension

Written comprehension

Oral expression

Written expression

Mandatory examinations for immigration

Oral comprehension

Written comprehension

Oral expression

Written expression

Mandatory examinations for a citizenship application

Oral comprehension

Oral expression

Elective examinations

Oral comprehension

Oral expression

Additional examinations

(primary applicant)

Written comprehension

Written expression

 

How do I register?

Sessions are held throughout the year at facilities operated by our network of partners, in France and around the world. Contact a centre directly for more details on session dates, prices or other information.

See the list of our testing centres

 

How do I get my results?

At the end of the test and after the examinations have been scored, you will receive a statement of results. This statement shows your score on each test.

You may take the test multiple times if you wish. A two-month waiting period is however required between two successive sittings.

Paperless certificate

If you have taken the  TEF Naturalisation or the TEF Québec (TEFAQ), you will receive an email giving you access to an electronic statement of results (you will not be issued a paper certificate). This paperless certificate is an official document that you can present to the competent authorities as part of your administrative formalities.

 

 

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