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TCF French Exam

The TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) is a French language proficiency test  for non-native speakers of French who wish to evaluate and have their level of proficiency certified for personal, professional or academic reasons. 


The TCF is designed by the CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques) and accredited by the French Ministry of Education. The TCF exam is a proof of proficiency in French language that is accepted by:

  • most prestigious universities both in France and abroad. 
  • the Canadian immigration authorities if you wish to migrate to Quebec, Canada.  
  • the Quebec government if you wish to be a Consultant en Immigration du Canada


Each candidate will receive an Attestation (Certificate) indicating his level of knowledge of the French language. The TCF Certificate is valid for 2 years.  

TCF Test Structure

The TCF is a multiple-choice test with 80 items that cover:

  • Reading comprehension (30 items) - TCF Comprehension écrite
  • Grammatical structures (20 items) - TCF Structures de la langue 
  • Listening comprehension (30 items) - TCF Compréhension orale 


It also includes 2 optional tests:

  • Writing  (1.45 hours) - TCF Expression écrite 
  • Speaking  (15 minutes) - TCF Expression orale 

TCF Levels

The TCF Test grades and ranks candidates at one of the 6 levels of proficiency defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Based on their scores, candidates are placed in one of the levels below. 

Level
 Niveau
 CECR
 Remarks
  Level 1
   Niveau 1
  A1
  Lower Beginner
  Level 2
   Niveau 2
  A2
  Upper Beginner
  Level 3
   Niveau 3
  B1
  Lower Intermediate
  Level 4
   Niveau 4
  B2
  Upper Intermediate
  Level 5
   Niveau 5
  C1
  Lower Advanced
  Level 6
   Niveau 6
  C2
  Upper Advanced

TCF Exam Syllabus

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  • Accelerated learning approach: Even if you don't know any French, you can reach Level 1 (A1) in 40 hours, Level 2 (A2) in 60 hours and Level 3 (B1) in 80 hours of learning! 
  • Experienced bilingual tutors: You learn from tutors (all native speakers) who know exactly what to do to help you score well in the TCF test. 
  • Latest exam questions: You get model answers for recent and past TCF exam questions from various test centers around the world.
  • Excellent learning materials: You wouldn't need to buy any extra learning materials; we provide all pdf and audio files. 
  • Anytime, anywhere: You can take the class online via Skype anytime, anywhere; we have tutors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  
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TCF Test Centres

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TCF Test Exam Dates

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TCF Practice Papers for Download

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