Test de Connaissance du Français – Integration, Residence and Nationality

What is the TCF IRN?

The TCF IRN is intended for any foreign person over 16 years old wishing to validate their level of French to:

  • An application for French nationality
  • An application for a long-term resident card
  • Validation of level A1 as part of the OFFI citizen course

The TCF IRN is composed of 4 compulsory sections assessing skills in French as a general language (1 hour 15 min duration):

  1. Listening comprehension: computer-based collective test – 20 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, one correct answer) – 15 minutes
  2. Reading comprehension: computer-based collective test – 20 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, one correct answer) – 20 minutes
  3. Written expression: computer-based collective test – 3 exercises – 30 minutes
  4. Oral expression: individual face-to-face test with an examiner – 3 exercises – 10 minutes

The TCF IRN exclusively assesses language skills and not knowledge of French history, culture and society.

  • You must at least reach level A1 for each of the four sections to validate your citizen course.
  • You must obtain an A2 level for each of the four sections to validate your resident card application.
  • You must obtain a B1 level for each of the four sections to complete your nationality application.

This test is given at a testing center recognized by the France Education International such as the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York.

France Education International delivers your certificate through the testing center such as FIAF. Your certificate of “TCF Integration, Residence and Nationality” is only valid to complete a request for the 3 goals listed above.  You cannot use it for admission to a French university or to complete your request for emigration to Canada or Québec.

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Exam Dates

Exam Date: Friday, May 3, 2024
Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, July 5, 2024
Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, September 6, 2024
Registration deadline: Tuesday, August 27, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, October 4, 2024
Registration deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, November 1, 2024
Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2024

Please be available between 9am and 6pm to take this test.

French Institute Alliance Francaise
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Getting the Certificate

Please allow 3-4 weeks from the test date to receive your certificate. We will let you know by email when we receive it.

The certificate of results is valid for two years.

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


All 4 sections included:

$350 FIAF Member
$385 Non-Member

Fees must be paid in full at time of registration and are non-refundable. Please note there is a $5 administrative fee in addition to the exam fee.

Payment is made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).

Safety Information

The health and well-being of our students, members, visitors, and staff are our number one priority.  We will be closely following strict guidelines recommended by the CDC and public health authorities regarding COVID-19.

More frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented.


Please complete this online form: TCF IRN Registration Form

Steps: send your online form > we will make the payment > you will receive a registration confirmation email

You will receive another email with your official notification including precise exam times 7 days before the exam.

Exam session transfers are subject to a $50 fee and only permitted before the Registration Deadline of your original exam session. Any candidate who submits a transfer request after this Registration Deadline is subject to repay the full exam fee. Participation can only be transferred to the next session (without penalty) in the case of sickness, provided that a doctor’s note is mailed (not via email) within three days of the original Exam Date. If you have registered for an exam and need to transfer to another session, please email

FIAF reserves the right to cancel a session due to weather inclement or if the number of candidates does not exceed 10. All registrations will be moved to the next session.

If you are having issues with the online form, please use the registration form below and email it to

Registration Form: TCF IRN (pdf)
Registration Form: TCF IRN (doc)