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TEF Naturalisation

The TEF Naturalisation examination is recognised by the French Ministry for the Interior and is indispensable for anyone applying to the French State for naturalisation as a French citizen.

It is designed to measure the level of oral comprehension and oral expression in French.

Please note: it does not concern applications to emigrate to Quebec or Canada.

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

What are the tests?

TEF Naturalisation consists of two tests:

  • Oral comprehension (CO) 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression (EO) 15 min – 2 topics to be covered

How do I register?

To register, please contact the nearest testing centre!

If you cannot find a centre that offers the TEF Naturalisation examination in your country, please contact us at the following email address: francais@cci-paris-idf.fr

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

How do I obtain my results?

The statements of results are in digital format.

After Le Français des affaires has received and corrected your exam, you will be sent an email within 15 business days, containing a link that will enable you to access your secure digital area and obtain your statement of results.

Further details

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

The required level of linguistic competency for French naturalisation applications is Level B1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

For further information, please consult the Order of 11 October 2011 establishing the list of diplomas and certificates required by applicants for French nationality, pursuant to Decree no. 93-1362 of 30 December 1993.

Are there exemptions from the TEF Naturalisation requirement?

Yes, there are exemptions from the TEF Naturalisation requirement.

For further information, please consult the website of the Ministry for the Interior or the Order of 11 October 2011  establishing the list of recognised diplomas and certificates required for French nationality applications.

Where can I find more information about French naturalisation application procedures?

Information about the latest official provisions concerning French naturalisation application procedures is available on the Ministry for the Interior website.

Does the Prefecture recognise digital statements of results?

This statement is recognised and accepted by the Prefectures. There is no need to present an official statement of results on paper. You can simply print out your electronic statement.

Can I still obtain a statement on paper?

You will receive the statement of results for the TEF Naturalisation examination in digital format.

However, if you would like a statement on paper in addition to your digital statement, you can order this document for €50:

  • Before the session: you can request a single copy of your statement of results on paper (for a fee), prior to the session, when registering for the examination.
    Contact the testing centre at which you registered for information.
  • After the session: the order can only be placed with Le Français des Affaires at the following address

What is your policy for processing my data?

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

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

Le Français des Affaires will keep your data on file for 10 years. The data transmitted to the French authorities will be kept on file in accordance with French laws.

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

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