Test d'évaluation du français

One test for every level. The preferred test for Permanent Residency and Canadian Citizenship applications.


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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.

The Different Versions of the TEF

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

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).

General TEF

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).

Upcoming Sessions and Rates

TEF Canada session date Registration deadline
Tuesday, July 6th
Wednesday, July 7th
Thursday, July 8th
Friday, July 9th
Monday, July 12th
Wednesday, July 14th
Thursday, July 15th
Friday, July 16th
Monday, July 19th
Wednesday, July 21st
Friday, July 23rd
Monday, July 26th
Wednesday, July 28th
Friday, July 30th
Wednesday, Aug. 4th
Friday, Aug. 6th
Friday, Aug. 13th
Friday, Sept. 03rd
Tuesday, Aug.24th
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

General TEF rates

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).

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