The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF), designed by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, is a French language proficiency test for non-native speakers of French who wish to evaluate and have their level of proficiency certified for professional, academic, or personal reasons.

In general, the TCF grades and ranks candidates at one of the six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2) on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). TCF grade results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency.

The Alliance Française de Seattle uses the computer version of these test.

The Alliance Francaise de Seattle offers the following TCF tests:

TCF Tout Public

The TCF tout public consists of three sections:

  • Multiple choice (1 hour and 30 minutes)
  • Written expression (1 hour)
  • Oral expression (15 minutes)

All candidates must take the multiple choice section. The writing and speaking portions are optional, but strongly recommended for university candidates. LEARN MORE

TCF Québec

The TCF Québec compulsory exam consists of two sections:
  • Listening comprehension (30 minutes)
  • Oral expression (15 minutes)

Candidates for Québec immigration may also add reading and writing tests, compréhension orale and production écrite (See TCF Québec Complet). LEARN MORE


The TCF ANF exam consists of two sections:

  • Listening comprehension (30 minutes)
  • Oral expression (15 minutes)

TCF pour la demande d’admission préalable (DAP)

If you wish to apply, in France, as a first year undergraduate (L1) or as an architecture school student and you do not have the DELF B2 or DALF, you must apply for a TCF specific to the preliminary admission application, called TCF for DAP.

Part 1 (85′)

  • Listening examination: 29 questions
  • Proficiency in language structures examination (grammar and lexicon): 18 questions
  • Reading examination: 29 questions

Part 2 (60′)

  • Writing test (composed of 3 tasks: write a message in a minimum of 60 words + write an article to give an account of an experience or a narrative in a minimum of 120 words + write a text comparing 2 points of view in a minimum of 120 words).

More about TCF for DAP here.


  • Friday, December 13, 2019, starting at 9:30AM.
  • Friday, January 3, 2019, starting at 9:30AM.

FEES: $225.00


Complete the TCF Registration Form and send it to Registration will be completed upon the reception of your payment. You can pay online here or over the phone, at 206-632-5433, during business hours.

Test registration deadlines are non-negotiable. Test fees are nonrefundable. The Alliance Française de Seattle staff cannot advise individuals on required materials for immigration.