CCI Paris Ile de France

Useful information

Here you will find some useful information which will allow you to best prepare to the TEF test.

Do not hesitate to contact your testing center if you have additional questions regarding the exam.

How do I register?

Sessions are held year-round at facilities operated by our network of testing centers in France and around the world.

The testing centre is responsible for defining the session dates, the registration period for candidates, and the prices.

Register as early as possible to allow time for the paperwork to process.

Please contact your local centre directly for more details on test dates, prices or for any other information about the exams offered.

Consult our list of testing centers

If you cannot find any authorized centers offering the TEF examination in your country, please contact us at the following email address:

When you register, you will be asked to provide the following documents:

  • a copy of an official ID card (passport, driver’s license, etc…) with a photograph and signature
  • if the testing center cannot take your photograph on the day of the test, you will also be asked to provide an identity photo.

You will also fill in a personal information form when you register. This form will be used to make out your statement of results.

No prior qualification is required to take the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years old.

Once your registration has been validated, the testing center will send you an invitation by email that you will have to present on the day of the exam with your ID.

Please note! If you have not received your invitation one week before the exam, remember to check the “Spam” folder in your inbox.

How should I prepare?

To prepare for the TEF, several options are avalaible

  • Consult our tutorials (in French).
  • Familiarise yourself with the test format by taking the sample tests (in French).
  • Watch the replays of our preparation workshops (in French).
  • Register for the PrepmyTEF online preparation course. For just €39, you will have one year of access to lesson sheets, exercises and official practice tests to help you prepare for the examination.

Consult our list of preparation tools

How does the examination unfold?

Before the examination

When you register, you agree to the Registration and Testing Conditions (in French).

On the day of the examination, after checking your identity, the supervisor will ask you to sign an attendance sheet on paper or on a tablet computer. Verify to make sure your personal information is correct.

 Please note! In the event of an error or a modification that has not been reported on the day of the test, corrections CANNOT be made once the results have been published.

The supervisor will then tell you where to sit for the start of the test.

Instructions to be followed during the tests: 

– Turn off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices.
– No dictionaries or reference documents are permitted in the test room.
– No personal effects may be kept on the table during the tests, apart from your identity document.
– No talking with other candidates during the test.
– Latecomers shall not be allowed to enter the room once the test has begun.
– No one shall be allowed to leave the room throughout the entire duration of the written tests.

During the examination

The comprehension tests shall be answered by computer.

The supervisor shall give each candidate a username and password. Candidates shall use these identifiers to access the online testing platform and follow the instructions for each test.

Description of the tests:

Depending on the version of the TEF selected, the exam will be composed of 1 to 5 tests.

 Please note! ! The duration of the TEF Intégration, Résidence et Nationalité are not the same → To learn more about it, click here.


How to request special arrangements?

Le français des affaires is committed to serving test takers with disabilities, health-related needs or in a computer-illiteracy situation. Candidates with special needs have to contact the exam center before registering to submit their request.

To obtain adapted accomodations, the candidat must provide a certificate to the exam centre: the certificate has to be filled out by a medical doctor (MD) and has to indicate the type of disability. If the disability allows the candidate to sit for the test, the MD has to indicate which accommodations should be provided to the candidate (Braille version, Extended Test Time, Assistance, etc).

In case of computer-illiteracy, acknowledged by the exam center, support solutions or test accomodations should also be provided to the candidate, such as the option of taking the written expression test on paper.

Candidates that are applying for the French Resident Card must get their certificate at the Prefecture. Please notice that only the certificate delivered by the Prefecture will be accepted. For more information.

Candidates that are applying for the French Naturalisation can download their certificate here. For more information : NOR : INTV2009412A du 17 juillet 2020

Written comprehension

  • Aim: To assess your ability to read and understand written documents
  • Content: 4 sections – 40 questions (51 screens)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Format: Multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ)
    There are 4 answer choices  for each question, but only one answer is correct.
  • Scale:

    bonne réponse + 1 point 
    pas de réponse 0 point 
    mauvaise réponse 
    réponse multiple 

You can move back and forth between the questions on the computer.

    • Tutorial (in French):

  • Tips to get ready:

 Prepare yourself for the written comprehension test of the TEF
 Preparation workshop for the written comprehension test (in French)

Oral comprehension

  • Aim: To assess your ability to understand spoken French by listening to audio clips
  • Content: 4 sections – 40 questions (45 screens)
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Format: Multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ)
    There are 2, 4, or 5 answer choices for each question, but only one answer is correct.
  • Scale:
bonne réponse + 1 point 
pas de réponse 0 point 
mauvaise réponse 
réponse multiple 

 Please note that once you have answered a question, you cannot go back and change your answer (you cannot go back to previous questions). Each audio is played only once. You have between 5 and 10 seconds to read the questions before the audio automatically starts. At the end of the audio, you have about 15 seconds to answer.

  • Tutorial (in French):

  • Tips to get ready:

 Prepare yourself for the oral comprehension test of the TEF
 Preparation workshops for the oral comprehension test (in French)

Oral expression

  • Aim: To assess your ability to communicate orally with another person
  • Content: 2 sections
  • Duration: 15 minutes in total
  • Format: The test will be conducted in person and will consist of two sections: A and B.
    SECTION A – Obtaining information (5 minutes)
    SECTION B – Making a case to convince someone (10 minutes)

Please note that this test is always recorded to enable a second evaluation to be performed.

  • Tutorial (in French):

  • Tips to get ready:

 Prepare yourself for the oral expression test of the TEF
 Preparation workshops for the oral expression test of the TEF (in French)

Written expression

  • Aim: To assess your ability to express yourself in French in writing
  • Content: 2 sections
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Format: Both sections, A and B, must be completed.
    ► SECTION A – 25 minutes
    Write the next part of an article (at least 80 words)
    ► SECTION B – 35 minutes
    Express and justify your point of view (at least 200 words)

The written expression test takes place on a computer. It is then corrected by 2 completely independent evaluators.

  • Tutorial (in French):

  • Tips to get ready:

Prepare yourself for section A of the TEF written expression test: the story
Prepare yourself for section B of the TEF written expression: the argumentation
 Preparation workshop for the written expression test of the TEF (in French)

Vocabulary and syntax

  • Aim: To assess your ability to use the French language (vocabulary and grammatical structures) correctly and appropriately
  • Content: 4 sections – 40 questions (38 screens)
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Format: Multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ).
    There are 4 answer choices for each question, but only one answer is correct.
  • Scale:
bonne réponse + 1 point 
pas de réponse 0 point 
mauvaise réponse 
réponse multiple 


 You can move back and forth between the questions on the computer.

  • Tutorial (in French): 







  • Tips to get ready:

Prepare yourself for the vocabulary and syntax test of the TEF
 Preparation workshop for the vocabulary and syntax test of the TEF



How is the TEF evaluated?

The tests are evaluated using a scale of 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic skills) to level 6 (good skills).

This scale refers to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe and the 12 Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) / from Quebec (EQNCF).

  • The written comprehension, oral comprehension and vocabulary and syntax tests are in the form of multiple-choice questionnaires.
  • The written expression test consists in writing two texts related to your everyday life. It is evaluated by two independent, trained and experienced proofreaders.
  • The oral expression test consists of two role-plays corresponding to real-life situations. It is evaluated by two independent examiners: the test facilitator and a second evaluator who is based on the recording of the test.

How do I obtain my results?

Your results will be sent to you within about 2 to 4 weeks in digital format.

You will be sent an email containing a link that will enable you to access your secure digital area and obtain your statement of results.

Each statement is detailed and personalised (with your photograph and signature).

For each test, it will state:

  • the number of points obtained
  • the level achieved
  • a description of your current competencies in general French

See an example of the attestation

The results are valid for two years. You can retake the test as many times as you wish allowing for a one-month waiting period between each examination.


Further questions

How much does the test cost?

The registration fees are determined by the testing centre. The prices may vary from one centre to another and according to the number of tests you take.

Can I cancel my registration?

Registrations are binding and non-refundable.

In the event of cancellation before the test date for serious reasons (illness, professional obligations, death of a family member, etc.), you must submit valid proof to the centre (medical certificate, employer’s declaration, etc.).

Le français des affaires will then examine the grounds for the absence and may give you an opportunity to re-register at the centre at no additional cost.

By signing the registration sheet when you register at the centre, you agree to these terms.

How to write special characters (é, è, à, ç, â, ê...) on an AZERTY keyboard?

If your computer keyboard does not include special characters (é, è, ê, ç, à, …), they will also be available on a virtual keyboard, directly on the exam page.

How is my score calculated?

For the listening and reading tests, as well as Vocabulary and Structure, only one answer is possible. Each correct answer earns one point and giving a wrong answer does not penalize.

The total points obtained for the good answers does not correspond to the final score. It is converted into a calibrated score which takes into account the differences in difficulty of the questions that make up the test.

The speaking and writing tests are assessed by two examiners using a standardized assessment grid. The result of these two evaluations is also converted into a calibrated score.

To find out your Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score, please refer to the correspondence table.

In what format will I receive my results?

If you have taken the TEF, TEF IRN, TEF Canada or TEF Québec (TEFAQ) examinations, you will receive an email giving you access to an electronic statement of results (paper certificates will not be issued).

This paperless certificate is an official document that you can present to the authorities.

Can I retake the test ?

You can retake the test as many times as you wish.

However, a one-month waiting period is required between two consecutive sittings.

Can I submit an appeal?

Le français des affaires and its partner centres do everything in their power to ensure that TEF tests are taken under the best possible conditions and that all candidates are treated fairly.

If you experienced a serious problem or an anomaly when taking your test, you can file an appeal with Le français des affaires. In this case, please use the following procedure (in French).

What are the consequences in the event of fraud?

In the event of cheating, forgery, or complications during the test session, observed by the organization requesting your results, the authorised testing centre or Paris Ile-de-France CCI, sanctions shall be imposed by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI Disciplinary Commission.

Depending on the type of fraud or falsification, candidates’ test scores may be cancelled, and they may be banned from taking future tests with the CCI Paris Ile-de-France.

The Disciplinary Commission’s decision shall be sent to the fraudulent candidate, the testing centre and the organization requesting the results.

Please note: Officials from organizations requiring TEF results (Ministry for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Quebec Ministry for Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI), employees of prefectures, universities, Campus France, etc.) can access candidates’ results directly through Paris Île-de-France CCI.

Dissemination of exam topics

Exam subjects are confidential. Any reproduction and/or distribution, partial or total, by any means whatsoever (picture, photocopy, internet, smartphone, social networks…), without the CCI Paris Ile-de-France’s authorization is strictly prohibited.

In the event of non-compliance with these instructions, the CCI Paris Ile-de-France is allowed to take appropriate action (invalidation of the test, prohibition to take the TEF, legal action…).

What is your policy for processing my personal data?

When your register for a TEF examination, Le français des affaires will collect a certain amount of information to reply to your request and in accordance with the French / Canadian laws on immigration or citizenship applications.

If you obtain the required level, your data will be made available to the French or the Canadian authorities (depending of the test). If you object to the transmission of this information or if you delete or modify this data, the authorities will be unable to process your immigration or citizenship application.

Le français des affaires will keep your data on file for 10 years. The data transmitted to the French / Canadian authorities will be kept on file in accordance with French / Canadian laws. They are not transferred to another party.

The data collected may also be processed for the purpose of carrying out studies and surveys, in order to improve our services. In this case, the data collected during surveys will be kept for a period of one year and will not be passed on to third parties.

According to the Data Protection Act of January 6th, 1978, as amended by Law 2018-493 of June 20th, 2018, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as adopted by the European Parliament on April 14th, 2016, you have at any time, a right of access to and rectification or deletion of all of your personal data.

If you wish to exercise this right and gain access to your personal data, please write to