Created in 1998 by the CCIP (Paris Chamber of Commerce), the TEF (Test d’Evaluation du Français) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. Results are valid for two years.
It is often required to be admitted into universities and is recognized by the Federal government of Canada as a proof of fluency in immigration procedures. It is also recognised to obtain French or Swiss nationality.
Candidates are evaluated using a scale of 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic skills) to level 6 (good skills). This scale refers to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the Council of Europe and the 12 Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) / from Québec (EQNCF).
Each candidate is awarded a certificate which is valid for two years. This certificate is recognised internationally by a large number of organisations, institutions and universities. 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.
Since November 2023, Alliance française du Bengale is an accredited centre authorised to hold sessions. We offer:
- TEF Canada
- TEF Québec (TEFAQ)
- TEF Intégration, Résidence et Nationalité (TEF IRN)
The test is made up of five sections: reading, listening, writing, speaking and vocabulary and grammar.
Three are mandatory: the reading, listening and writing tests must be taken together. The vocabulary and grammar and speaking test are optional and can be taken separately.
Depending on your objective, you should register for the TEF version that includes the tests you need.
The TEF consists of five modular tests:
OR listening (Compréhension orale)
40 min – 40 questions (multiple-choice questionnaires)
OR reading (Compréhension des écrits)
60 min – 40 questions (multiple-choice questionnaires)
OR speaking (Expression orale)
15 min – 2 sections:
The oral expression test consists of two role-plays corresponding to real-life situations. In Section A, the candidate must ask for information formally. In Section B, the candidate must convince a friend to do something. It is evaluated by two independent examiners: the test facilitator and a second evaluator who is based on the recording of the test.
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OR writing (Expression écrite)
60 min – 2 subjects to be covered
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OR grammar and vocabulary (Lexique et structure)
30 min – 40 questions (multiple-choice questionnaires)
More information on the different versions:
TEF is a French language proficiency test that assesses your French language skills for personal, academic or professional reasons, such as studying in France.
TEF Canada is an international assessment of proficiency in the French language. It is in particular used by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to assign points for the language factor when applying for citizenship or permanent residency. For immigration inquiries, please visit the CIC website.
TEF Québec (TEFAQ) is a French proficiency test that meets the standards of the Quebec Ministry for Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) when building an immigration application for Québec.
TEF Intégration, Résidence et Nationalité (TEF IRN) is recognised by the French Ministry for the Interior and is indispensable for anyone applying to the French State for a resident card or a naturalisation. It is designed to measure the level of oral/written comprehension and oral/written expression in French.
Please note that for some versions of the TEF, the sections must be taken during the same session.
Kindly note that:
- All tests are taken on a computer at Alliance française du Bengale. It is not possible to take the test remotely.
- Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.
- There must be a waiting period of 30 days between two attempts of TEF, regardless of the version.
For more information on the different versions available, please refer to the website of the CCIP (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Île-de-France).
Please note that we respond to queries in the order we receive them DURING working hours (Mon to Sat – 10 am to 7:00 pm | Lunch Break – 1 pm to 2 pm on all 6 days). Please allow us at least ONE working day to revert to your query.