Tests : TEF family of tests
The Test d’Évaluation de Français pour le Canada (TEF Canada) is a test of general French which assesses
the level of proficiency in French of francophones and non-francophones alike.
Created in 1998 by the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industrie, TEF is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French.
It is recognised as official proof of language proficiency by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as well as by the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles du Québec (MICC) for permanent residency applications, Certificat de Sélection du Québec applications and Canadian citizenship applications.
The TEF Canada assesses the candidate’s proficiency in French using a 7 level scale based on the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and
Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).
It consists of 4 modules: listening, speaking, reading and/or writing.
Why take the TEF?
The TEF provides confirmation of one’s level of competency in French in any professional, academic or mobility-related context,
and in particular for:
- Studying in France with the TEF Études
- Obtaining French nationality with the TEF Naturalisation
- Emigrating to Canada and obtaining Canadian citizenship with the TEF Canada
- Emigrating to Quebec with the TEF Québec – TEFAQ
What are the tests?
The TEF consists of 5 parts :
- Oral comprehension (CO) 40 mi
- Written comprehension (CE) 60 min
- Oral Expression (EO) 15 min– 2 topics
- Written Expression (EE) 60 min– 2 topics
- Vocabulary and syntax (LS) 30 min
According to your goals and the formalities you need to complete, you can choose the TEF version that includes the tests you require.
|Full TEF||TEF for studying in France
TEF for naturalisation
|TEF for resident status||TEF fo r immigration to Canada
||Citizenship||TEFfor Québec / TEFAQ|
|Vocabulary and syntax||X||X|
|Pricing us $||460||420||260||N/A||460||260||460|
rules and regulations
Candidates must check in with the staff of the TEF centre with their notification of schedule and a picture ID with signature
(valid passport / valid driver’s licence / national ID card).
After the identity check, the head of the official TEF centre will take an identification picture of each candidate and direct them
to their assigned seats.
Each table will be equipped with: a guide to the answer sheet on which will appear the candidate’s name,
date of birth and candidate ID number; an answer sheet.
During the entire multiple choice questions part of the test (approximately 1 hour 40 minutes), no exits will be permitted. During the entire written expression examination (1 hour), no exits will be permitted, unless in case of emergency or health issue previously informed by the candidate and justified with a medical certificate.
During the entirety of the exams, communication amongst candidates will not be permitted.
Draft paper or notes material is not allowed.
Candidates arriving late will not be allowed in the examination room once the examination has started.
In the event of fraud or misconduct by a candidate (disturbing the examination procedure, communication or attempt to communicate with other candidates or the outside…), candidates expose themselves to immediate removal from the examination room as well as a ban from taking the test for a period of time that will be determined by the CCI Paris Ile de France.
We recommend enrollment into our language classes, either group or private. You can also benefit from optimal progression by a combination of both solutions. Talk to us for a personalized program. View course catalog here.
We also have a preparation book and CD available for sale at our Office.
Additional information is available here: lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/en/tests-diplomas/prepare-for-the-tef/
An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate 6 to 8 weeks after the exam date.
Each certificate is detailed and personalised. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained,
the level of proficiency reached as well as a commentary of the skills in general French.
Academic degrees are not required to take the TEF Canada. Candidates may take the test several times,
allowing a minimum of 60 days between two exam sessions.
Test registration deadlines are non-negotiable. Test fees are nonrefundable.
Alliance Française Miami-Metro does not provide any advice on required materials for immigration.
For immigration to Canada
Candidate must take all of the sections below :
- 9:30 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.: Listening Comprehension (40 minutes) - 60 questions – 360 points
- 10:20 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) - 50 questions – 300 points
- 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Written Expression (60 minutes) - 2 topics – 450 points
- Starting at 1:30 p.m. and scheduled on a first come first served basis: Oral Expression (15 minutes per candidate) – 2 topics – 450 points
Results for the 4 skills listed above are expected by the Immigration Canada (CIC- Canadian Federal Government) :
Minimum level required is 7, scale B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages.
For Canadian citizenship
Candidate must take these sections only:
- 9:30 a.m. – 10:10 p.m.: Listening Comprehension (40 minutes) - 60 questions – 360 points
- Starting at 1:30 p.m. and scheduled on a first come first served basis : Oral Expression (15 minutes per candidate) – 2 topics – 450 points
January session : FULL
Next session : March 2020, date to be announced soon
Registration ends 30 calendar days before actual beginning of the test.
STEP 1 : Download and fill out the registration form
STEP 2 : Return it to us along with your payment
By paper mail
Alliance Française Miami Metro
78 NW 7th street, Suite 500
Miami, FL 33130
Please take precautions so that we receive the form before the registration deadline.
- By email and filling credit card portion of the form : firstname.lastname@example.org
Your application can be validated only if we receive both your filled-out registration form and your online payment.
All exam sales are final. No credits, no refunds.
Should you wish to receive the diploma by mail, please add the $10-postal fees to your payment (for US postal code only).
Please make sure that all the information submitted on the registration form is correct.
The name that appears on your form should match the name on your ID.
STEP 3 : We will send you all confirmation and details regarding your session within a short period of time.
Looking forward to meeting you,
Test center team at