TEF - Test d'évaluation de français

French proficiency test

TEF is a French proficiency exam awarded by CCIP, the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. It was originally created in 1998, and today has five different versions which are recognized variously by the French Ministers of Education and of the Interior; the Canadian Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; and Québec's Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness (MIDI).

Test d'évaluation de français

TEF (and its online version e-TEF) is an internationally recognized evaluation of French comprehension and skill. Two of the five components are optional:

  1. Listening comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  2. Reading comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  3. Vocabulary and structure: 30 minutes  – 40 questions

    optional
  4. Speaking skills: 15 minutes – 2 topics
  5. Writing skills: 60 minutes – 2 topics

TEF pour les études en France

TEF pour les études en France is specifically aimed at foreigners wishing to enter a French undergraduate program. The certificate is valid for five years.

  1. Listening comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  2. Reading comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  3. Vocabulary and structure: 30 minutes – 40 questions
  4. Writing skills: 60 minutes – 2 topics

TEF pour la naturalisation

TEF NAT tests on the spoken French skills of those wishing to immigrate to France.

  1. Listening comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  2. Speaking skills: 15 minutes – 2 topics

TEF adapté au Canada

TEF Canada evaluates the French level of skilled workers, candidates wishing to immigrate to Canada outside of Québec, and applicants for Canadian citizenship.

  1. Listening comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  2. Reading comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  3. Speaking skills: 15 minutes – 2 topics
  4. Writing skills: 60 minutes – 2 topics

TEF pour accès au Québec

TEFaQ (and its online version e-TEFaQ) is specifically aimed at candidates wishing to immigrate to Québec. It's primarily concerned with oral communication - the reading/writing components are optional.

  1. Listening comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  2. Speaking skills: 15 minutes – 2 topics

    optional
  3. Reading comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  4. Writing skills: 60 minutes – 2 topics

How can I prepare for the TEF?

There are a few ways to prepare specifically for the TEF.

  1. Download CCIP's free training app, suitable for candidates of any version of the TEF.
     
  2. Try an online tutorial: Listening comprehension | Speaking skills
     
  3. Contact your local test center to see if they offer TEF prep classes.
     
  4. Take a look at our French test prep tips

The more you practice, the better your chances at passing the TEF. In addition to your regular French classes, consider other general resources aimed at improving your French skills:

  1. Sign up for a free Kwiziq account to get your personalized study program based on French tests.
     
  2. Take advantage of free online resources like Advanced Reading, Dictations, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension.

Where and when can I take the TEF?

The various TEF tests are offered in accredited test centers all over the world. Click to find your nearest test center and for details about test dates and pricing.

How is the TEF graded?

Upon completion of any of the exams, candidates receive a detailed analysis of their French skills and a score of 0 to 6. Here's how that corresponds to the official CEFR scale, which we use here at Kwiziq French.

TEF CEFR
0  
1 A1
2 A2
3 B1
4 B2
5 C1
6 C2


Related info:  Official French Tests & Diplomas | French Test Prep

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