Created in 1998 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce, 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 Intégration — To obtain French citizenship or residency

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

  • TEFAQ — To emigrate to Quebec​

Test Format

Each version of the TEF consists of 4 of the following 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) 

Click on Price to register

Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration and are non refundable.



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.

 2022 Dates

Sessions are scheduled every Wednesday between 11am and 5pm.

When registering, please indicate your preferred date. We will get back to you within 24 hours and confirm your session date. 

Most of the time, we have openings within 2 to 4 weeks of registering.

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

Prepare for the TEF

TEF Study

Oral Compr. - 40 min

Written Compr. - 60 min

Vocabulary & Syntax - 30 min

Written Expression - 60 min

TEF Intégration

Oral Compr. 10 min

Written Compr. 30 min

Oral Expression - 10 min

Written Expression - 20 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