TEF

TEF

About the TEF

Created in 1998 by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI, the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) [French Proficiency Test] is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic skills) to level 6 (complete fluency). This scale corresponds to:

  • the 6 competency levels, A1 to C2, of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • the 12 levels of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB/NCLC)
Why take the TEF?
  • To study in France (TEF for studies in France)
  • To obtain French citizenship (TEF for naturalization purposes)
  • To emigrate to Canada and obtain Canadian citizenship (TEF Canada)
  • To emigrate to Quebec (TEFAQ)
  • To certify your level of French proficiency in a professional context, to assess candidates’ proficiency in French in a recruitment context, to position students in a training or study abroad context, etc.
Which examinations for which test?

TEF Canada (to emigrate to Canada or obtain Canadian citizenship)

1. For immigration

  • Oral comprehension, online, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension, online, 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral expression, 15 min – 2 subjects to be covered
  • Written expression, 60 min – 2 subjects to be covered

Overall estimated duration: 3.5 hours

2. For a citizenship application

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

Overall estimated duration: 1.5 hour

 

TEFAQ (to emigrate to Quebec)

1. Elective examinations

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

Overall estimated duration: 1.5 hour

2. Additional examinations (primary applicant)

  • Written comprehension, online, 60 min – 50 questions
  • Written expression, 60 min – 2 subjects to be covered

Overall estimated duration: 2 hours

 

TEF for studies in France

Mandatory examinations

  • Oral comprehension, online, 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension, online, 60 min – 50 questions
  • Vocabulary and syntax, online, 30 min – 40 questions
  • Written expression, 60 min – 2 subjects to be covered

Overall estimated duration: 3.5 hours

 

TEF for French citizenship (to become a French citizen)

Mandatory examinations

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

Overall estimated duration: 1 hour

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

Download our TEF Registration Form

The information provided on the registration form is required for official purposes. Please print legibly!

All registrations are final

You can return it:

  • by email: info@afseattle.org
  • by mail or in person: 4649 Sunnyside Ave. #205, Seattle, WA 98103

You can book your exam and pay online here. We will need both your payment and the filled out form to confirm your registration!

 

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 for studies in France: $350.00
  • TEF for French citizenship: $175.00

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, January 3, 2019, starting at 1PM (registration deadline: December 12, 2018) FULL
  • Thursday, January 17, 2019, starting at 1PM (registration deadline: December 20, 2018)
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019, starting at 1PM (registration deadline: January 9, 2019)
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019, starting at 1PM (registration deadline: January 23, 2019)
  • Thursday, February 28, 2019, starting at 1PM (registration deadline: February 6, 2019)
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, starting at 1PM (registration deadline: March 6, 2019)