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TEF Études

Officially recognised by the French Ministry of National Education since 2004, TEF Études evaluates the proficiency in written and spoken French of any foreign student applying to enrol on an undergraduate programme of study at a French university (article D. 612-12 of the French Education Code).

What are the tests?

TEF Études consists of 4 mandatory tests:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  • Written expression: 60 minutes – 2 topics to cover
  • Vocabulary and syntax: 30 minutes – 40 questions

Further information about the content of the tests and the examination procedure

How do I register?

To register, please contact the nearest testing centre!

If you cannot find a centre that offers the TEF Études examination in your country, please contact us at the following address:

How do I obtain my results?

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

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

See an example of a certificate

Further details

What level do I need to reach for my application to be accepted by a French educational institution?

For further information, please contact the Campus France office for the country in which you are situated, or you can contact the institution at which you would like to study directly.

Does the TEF exempt me from having to take the TCF for the preliminary admission application (demande d’admission préalable - DAP)?

You will indeed be exempted from having to take the TCF (Test de connaissance du français – French Knowledge Test) for the preliminary admission application if you pass the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Test d’évaluation du français (TEF – French Proficiency Test), and obtain at least 14/20 in the test of written expression.

What are the exemptions from the French test?

You will be exempted from having to take a French test if you have already passed the TCF for the preliminary admission application (DAP), the DELF B2 or DALF C1/C2 examinations, if you hold a French baccalauréat diploma (issued by the French Ministry for Education), or if you are a student who has been educated in one of the bilingual French “sections” of secondary schools included on the list drawn up jointly by the French Ministries for National Education and Foreign Affairs.

You will also be exempted from the requirement to take a French test if you come from a French-speaking country or a country in which French is an official language (provided that you have completed all your secondary education in French-language institutions).

Here is the list of official French-speaking countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Congo – Brazzaville, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea – Conakry, Mali, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Togo.

Here is the list of countries in which French is an official language: Burundi, Canada, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Comoros, Djibouti, Haiti, Madagascar, Mauritania (except for Arabic-speaking sections), Rwanda, Seychelles, Switzerland, Chad and Vanuatu.

It should be noted that certain institutions require students to pass the French test/diploma (TEF/TCF/DALF/DELF) even if they are officially exempted from this requirement.


For further information, please consult the “Test d’évaluation de français” page