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. Results are valid for two years.

The TEF is officially recognized by :
– the French Ministry of Education
– the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
– the French Ministry of the Interior
– the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada
– the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration
– the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration

Which examinations correspond to which test?

The TEF is a modular test. Depending on your objective and the steps you take, you should register for the TEF version that includes the tests you need.

You can take the TEF to certify your level of French. It is also recognized to :

Canada

Mandatory examinations for immigration

Oral comprehension
Written comprehension
Oral expression
Written expression

Mandatory examinations for a citizenship application

Oral comprehension
Oral expression

Québec

Elective examinations

Oral comprehension
Oral expression
Additional examinations
(primary applicant)
Written comprehension
Written expression

Resident visa

Mandatory examinations

Oral comprehension
Written comprehension
Oral expression
Written expression

Study visa

Mandatory examinations

Oral comprehension
Written comprehension
Vocabulary and syntax

Naturalisation

Mandatory examinations

Oral comprehension
Oral expression

What are the tests?

The TEF consists of 5 tests:

  • Oral comprehension (CO)
  • Written comprehension (CE)
  • Oral Expression (EO)
  • Written Expression (EE)
  • Vocabulary and syntax (LS)

 

How is the TEF evaluated?

The tests 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 (CEFR) of the Council of Europe and the 12 Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) / from Quebec (EQNCF).

  • The written comprehension, oral comprehension and vocabulary and syntax tests are in the form of multiple-choice questionnaires.
  • The written expression test consists in writing two texts related to your everyday life. It is evaluated by two independent, trained and experienced proofreaders.
  • The oral expression test consists of two role-plays corresponding to real-life situations. It is evaluated by two independent examiners: the test facilitator and a second evaluator who is based on the recording of the test.

Integrate a school/university In France

The TEF is officially recognized since 2004 by the French Ministry of National Education and assesses the written and oral French language skills of all foreign students applying for undergraduate university enrollment in France. 🔗 Useful link : Recognition of the TEF by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research (FR) The TEF consists of 4 compulsory tests:
  • Reading comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written expression: 60 min – 2 subjects to be covered
  • Vocabulary and syntax: 30 min – 40 questions

For more information, contact the Campus France of the country in which you are located or directly the institution you wish to join.

Indeed, you are exempt from the TCF for the DAP if you have passed the tests of the Test d’évaluation du français (TEF), organized by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and you have obtained at least 14/20 in the written expression test.

Integrate a school/university In France

The TEF is recognized by many universities and schools, especially in Canada, to certify your level of French as part of the admission procedure. Contact the institution you wish to attend directly: they will tell you the number and type of TEF tests you will have to take.

In this period of health crisis, some institutions have chosen the TEF Express, a home test that allows you to quickly assess your language level for admission. This is a one-time, exceptional solution. For more information, click here.

TEF EXAMS CALENDAR