CCI Paris Ile de France

TEF Carte de résident

The TEF Carte de résident serves as a confirmation of A2 level written and oral competency for purposes of obtaining a resident card from the French government.

Remember, you can also provide confirmation of your level of competency in French with a Business French Diploma. Valid for life, these diplomas are also recognised by the Ministry for the Interior, and will be an asset on your CV as well. For more info.

TEF Carte de résident

It comprises 4 mandatory examinations:

  • written comprehension – computer-based MCQ
  •  oral comprehension – Computer-based MCQs
  •  written expression – by computer
  •  oral expression – face to face with an examiner

All tests must be completed during the same session.




Written comprehension

13 questions

30 minutes

Oral comprehension

17 questions

10 minutes

Written expression

Write a text

20 minutes

Oral expression

Communicating orally

10 minutes

Total test duration: 1 hr. 10 mins.


Session dates and registration periods are determined by the testing centre. TEF registration fees are also determined by the testing centre. All registrations are binding and irrevocable.

To register, contact the nearest authorised centre!

If you cannot find a centre, contact us at the following address

Does your situation require special arrangements? Notify the testing centre prior to your registration.



To learn more about the test and prepare for your examination, you may practice using our tutorial below:


You will receive a statement of results by email within 4 to 6 weeks.

This statement is an official document that can be presented to the competent authorities as part of your administrative procedures.

You may sit the test several times, but you must:

  • allow a one-month waiting period between each sitting;
  • re-sit all the examinations (it is not possible to re-sit a single examination, for example the written expression test).

See an example of a certificate