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TEF Canada

For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recognized the TEF for these purposes since 2002. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada.

What are the tests?

You must take the following tests for a Canadian immigration application:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Written expression: 60 min – 2 topics to cover

You must take the following examinations for a Canadian citizenship application:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover

Attention! All tests must be completed on the same day for your certificate to be recognized by Canadian authorities.

Find out more about the content of the tests and how the exam is conducted

To find out about the TEF Québec (TEFAQ) arrangements for immigration to Quebec, click here.

How do I register?

Please contact your centre directly for more details on session dates, prices or for any questions about the organization of sessions near you.

Consult our list of testing centres

Sessions are also offered on the Paris Île-de-France CCI premises, at 6 avenue de la Porte de Champerret (Paris 17th district). Register online here

Finally, if you cannot find any authorized centres offering the TEF examination in your country, please contact us at the following address: francais@cci-paris-idf.fr

How do I obtain my results?

Your results will be sent to the testing centre within 15 business days from the date of receipt of the session materials.

However, if you passed a TEF version with the written expression, the deadline for the correction is extented. Please allow from 4 to 6 weeks to receive your results.

The centre will then receive all statements of the candidates’ results by mail. The center is responsible for sending results to each candidate.

See an example of a certificate

Please note! You will only receive a single copy of your certificate. You are therefore advised to keep a certified copy.

The statement lists your scores on each of the examinations. To determine the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) corresponding to your score, please refer to the CLB equivalency charts.

Further details

What is the validity period for my test?

The results are valid for two years.

What level do I need to reach for my application to be accepted by IRCC?

The levels of language skills required for Canadian immigration procedures are listed on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.

Are there exemptions from the TEF Canada requirement?

To find out whether you need to take the TEF Canada examination, please contact the Ministry for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada directly.

Where can I find more information about Canadian immigration procedures?

To find out about the latest Canadian immigration procedures, please consult the IRCC website.

What is your policy for processing my data?

When your register for the TEF Canada examination, Le Français des Affaires will collect a certain amount of information in accordance with the Canadian laws on immigration applications.

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

Le Français des Affaires at CCI Paris Ile-de-France CCI will keep your data on file for 10 years. The data transmitted to the Canadian authorities will be kept on file in accordance with Canadian laws.

You have the right to access your personal data, and the right to modify or delete these data by contacting tef@cci-paris-idf.fr.

 

More information on the “Test d’évaluation de français” page