TEF - Test d'évaluation de français

French proficiency test

The TEF is an internationally recognised qualification, marking proficiency in French, in terms of knowledge and skills. Originally created in 1998, it is awarded by CCIP, the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris. The certificate is valid for five years.

There are five different versions today, which are officially recognized 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).

What does the TEF consist of?   

The TEF has five tests but two of the 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. 

  1. Reading comprehension: 60 minutes - 50 questions    
  2. Listening comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  3. Written expression: 60 minutes – 2 subjects to be covered
  4. Vocabulary and structure: 30 minutes - 40 questions 

TEF pour la naturalisation

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

  1. Reading comprehension: 45 minutes – 35 questions
  2. Listening comprehnesion: 25 minutes – 3 questions
  3. Written expression: 30 miuntes - 1 topic to be covered
  4. Oral expression - 10 minutes - 1 topic to be covered

TEF carte de résident

TEF carte de résident acts as a confirmation of A2 level written and oral competency for purposes of obtaining a resident card from the French government.

  1. Reading comprehension: 30 minutes – 13 questions (computer-based multiple choice questions)  
  2. Listening comprehension: 10 minutes – 17 questions (computer-based multiple choice questions) 
  3. Written expression: 20 minutes – write a text
  4. Oral skills: 10 minutes – communicating orally

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 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
     
  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 French account to get your personalized study program based on your French level test.
     
  2. Take advantage of free online resources like Learn French with Alexa, 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 center and get details about test dates and pricing.

How is the TEF graded?

On completion of any of the exams, you'll receive a detailed analysis of your 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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