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About the TEF

Created in 1998 by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI, the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French.

The results are valid for two years.

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
  • Evaluating your French proficiency level for other purposes with TEF
Which examinations for which test?

TEF Canada (emigrating to Canada or obtaining Canadian citizenship)

1. For immigration

  • Oral comprehension, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension, 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral expression, 15 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Written expression, 60 min – 2 topics to cover

Overall estimated duration: 4 hours

2. For a citizenship application

  • Oral comprehension, online, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression, 15 min – 2 subjects to cover

Overall estimated duration: 1.5 hour

 

TEFAQ (emigrating to Québec)

1. Elective examinations

  • Oral comprehension, online, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression, 15 min – 2 topics to cover

Overall estimated duration: 1.5 hour

2. Additional examinations (primary applicant)

  • Written comprehension, online, 60 min – 50 questions
  • Written expression, 60 min – 2 topics to cover

Overall estimated duration: 2.5 hours

 

TEF Études (studying in France)

Mandatory examinations

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

Overall estimated duration: 4 hours

 

TEF Naturalisation (obtaining French nationality)

Mandatory examinations

  • Oral comprehension, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression, 15 min – 2 subjects to be covered

Overall estimated duration: 1.5 hour

 

TEF (evaluating language proficiency for other purposes)

Examinations

  • Oral comprehension, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression, 15 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Written comprehension, 60 min – 50 questions
  • Vocabulary and syntax, 30 min – 40 questions
  • Written expression, 60 min – 2 topics to cover

Overall estimated duration: 4 hours

 

Results and Certificates

You will receive an email as soon as your certificate is ready. You can either pick it up at the Alliance Française de Seattle or request to be mailed to you. Please allow for approximately 4-6 weeks from the test date to receive your certificates, as they are delivered by Paris Ile-de-France CCI.

The results are valid for two years. No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

You may take the test multiple times if you wish. A two-month waiting period is however required between two successive sittings.

 

Registration

STEP 1: Fill out the TEF Registration Form and return it to info@afseattle.org The information provided on the registration form is required for official purposes. Please print legibly!

STEP 2: Book your exam and pay online here.

We will need both your payment and the TEF registration form to confirm your registration. All registrations and sales are final.

 

FEES

Exam fees (non-reimbursable)

  • TEF Canada (1. Immigration): $350.00
  • TEF Canada (2. Citizenship): $175.00
  • TEFAQ (Full, 1 and 2): $350.00
  • TEFAQ (1. Electives): $175.00
  • TEF Études: $350.00
  • TEF Naturalisation: $175.00
  • TEF: $375.00

Postal fees (certificate mailed within the USA only): $10.00

Duplicate of TEF Certificate (ordered on the registration form): $20.00

 

Disclaimer

The information above cannot replace the information provided by official immigration authorities. It is your responsibility to make sure taking the right test for your situation.

For more information about the TEF, please consult:

https://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/en/tests-diplomas/test-for-evaluating-french-tef/

 

Next Sessions

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019, starting at 1pm (registration deadline: Thursday, November 14)
  • Monday, December 16, 2019, starting at 1pm (registration deadline: Sunday, December 8)
  • Thursday, January 2, 2020, starting at 9:30am (registration deadline: Thursday, December 19)
  • Thursday, January 16, 2020, starting at 1pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, January 8)
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020, starting at 1pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, January 22)
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020, starting at 1pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, February 5)
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020, starting at 1pm (registration deadline: Wednesday, February 26)
  • Friday, March 27, 2020, starting at 9:30am (registration deadline: Wednesday, March 18)

Please note that all the exams take place at the Alliance Française de Seattle.