Test d'évaluation du français
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The TEF (Test d’Évaluation de Français) exam is a single test for all levels. The candidate receives an international certificate corresponding to his or her exact level in the 6 level-range of the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages (CEFRL). This exam is a comprehensive placement test for native and non-native French speakers seeking a quick and precise evaluation of their general language skills. It is valid for a limited period of time.
Note that the TEF is taken in person, at our location in Winnipeg; the components other than oral expression are on computer.
We offer two versions of the TEF: TEF Canada and the general TEF. Most candidates will want to take the TEF Canada. You should only take the general TEF if it is specifically required, or if you need the Lexique & Structure section. If you are applying for Permanent residency or Canadian Citizenship, you MUST take the TEF Canada.
TEF Canada contains four fully-modular sections which evaluate written comprehension (reading), oral comprehension (listening), written expression (writing), and oral expression (speaking), respectively. In addition to the CEFRL score, you will also be placed on a 7-level scale based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).
The general TEF includes a mandatory section and two optional sections. The mandatory section evaluates written and oral comprehension (reading and listening), as well as vocabulary and structure. The vocabulary and structure (Lexique et structure) section is the only part of the general TEF not included in the TEF Canada. The first optional section evaluates written expression (writing), while the second evaluates oral expression (speaking).
|TEF Canada session date||Registration deadline|
|Wednesday, August 4th||FULL|
|Friday, August 6th||FULL|
|Friday, August 13th||FULL|
|Friday, September 3rd||FULL|
|Friday, September 10th||FULL|
|Friday, September 17th||FULL|
|Friday, September 24th||FULL|
|Friday, October 1st||FULL|
|Tuesday, October 7||FULL|
|Friday, October 8th||FULL|
|Friday, October 13th||FULL|
|Friday, October 15th||FULL|
|Friday, November 05th||FULL|
|Friday, December 03rd||Tuesday, November 23rd|
|further date to be determined|
Dates subject to sufficient registrations.
We suggest registering as early as possible, as the number of candidates per session is limited.
If you are planning on registering for a general TEF, please contact us first.
TEF Canada rates
- Full Exam: $320
- Exam components
- Reading Comprehension
- 60 min - 50 questions
- Listening Comprehension
- 40 min - 60 questions
- Written Expression
- 60 min - 2 subjects
- Oral Expression
- 15 min - 2 subjects
General TEF rates
- Full Exam (Basic test + written expression + Oral expression): 400
- Exam components
- Basic Test (Mandatory): Reading & Listening comprehension + Vocabulary & Structure
- Optional 1: Written Expression
- Optional 2: Oral Expression
The Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de Paris Ile de France (Paris Chamber of Commerce, creator/manager of the TEF) has terms specific to the TEF (in French only).