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.

Why take the TEF?

The TEF provides confirmation of one’s level of competency in French in any professional, academic or mobility-related context.  

Based on your goals, you will select one of these TEF tests:

  • TEF Study — To study in France; to certify your level of French for work

  • TEF Naturalisation — To obtain French citizenship

  • TEF Canada — To emigrate to Canada or for Canadian citizenship

  • TEFAQ — To emigrate to Quebec​

Test Format

The TEF consists of 5 sections.   Except for the Oral Expression, all sections are on computer.

  1. Oral comprehension (CO) 

  2. Written comprehension (CE)

  3. Oral Expression (EO) 

  4. Written Expression (EE) 

  5. Vocabulary and syntax (LS) 

Requirements for each specific TEF version:


Test Results


The TEF grades candidates using a scale of 7 levels that range from 0+ level (basic skills) to level 6 (complete control). 

A digital certificate of results, valid for 2 years, is issued for the applicant and shows the scores on each section of the test.  The certificate is emailed directly to the applicant within 4 to 6 weeks of the applicant's session.

A candidate may take the test as many times as he/she wants, however, a two-month waiting period is required between two sessions.

2021 Rates

  • TEF Study                      $250

  • TEF Naturalization       $300

  • TEF Canada                   $350

  • TEFAQ (Quebec)           $350


 2021 Dates


Sessions are scheduled every Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 5pm.

When registering, please indicate your preferred date. We will get back to you within

24 hours and confirm your session date.

If your preferred date isn't available, we will offer the next available date.

TEF Study

Oral Compr. - 40 min

Written Compr. - 60 min

Vocabulary & Syntax - 30 min

Written Expression - 60 min

TEF Naturalization

Oral Compr. 25 min

Written Compr. 45 min

Oral Expression - 10 min

Written Expression - 30 min

TEF Canada

Oral Compr. 40 min

Written Compr. 60 min

Oral Expression - 15 min

Written Expression - 60 min

TEFAQ Quebec

Oral Compr. 40 min

Written Compr. 60 min

Oral Expression - 15 min

Written Expression - 60 min

Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration and are not refundable.

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