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What is TEF Test?

The TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is a French language proficiency test. It is designed to assess the level of French language of people who are not native French speakers. The test is administed by the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris (CCIP). The overall objective of the TEF is to measure the level of the candidates' knowledge, linguistic and communications skills in French.


The TEF test is available in 2 formats, a paper format (TEF) and an online format (e-TEF). 


The TEF exam is useful if you need to evaluate your French level of proficiency for purposes such as: 

(a) Canadian Immigration (Immigration to Quebec)

(b) Admission into French-medium universities in France or Quebec 

(c) Working in a French-speaking environment 

TEF Exam Format

The TEF test (e-TEF) consists of 2 components: 

A. 3 Compulsory Sections (2h 10 min)

  • Written comprehension (1h)
  • Listening comprehension (40 min)
  • Vocabulary and Structures (30 min)


B. 2 Optional Sections

  • Written expression (1h)
  • Oral expression (35 min per candidate)


Note: For Quebec immigration, the Canadian Federal Government requires candidates to take both compulsory & optional sections. Refer to TEFAQ. 

TEF Test Registration

The TEF/e-TEF test can be taken anytime throughout the year. Approved TEF Test Centres are allowed to hold as many examination sessions as they wish in the last 10 days of each month. 


  • You don't need to have any previous qualification/certificate in French to take the TEF exams.
  • You can take the TEF test as many times as you like. However, there must be a gap of 2 months between examination sessions. 
  • Your TEF certificate is only valid for 1 year.
  • Your TEF certificate will usually be available approximately 20 days after you took the test. You should collect it from the test centre at which you took the TEFaQ exam.

Contact your nearby Approved TEF Test Centre to get more specific information about the following: 

  • the dates of examination sessions 
  • the registration procedure 
  • the examination centre location
  • the examination fee 

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