Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)

What is the TCF?

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

In general, the TCF grades and ranks candidates at one of the six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2) on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). TCF grade results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency. Each candidate is awarded a certificate which is valid for two years.

FIAF also offers these specialized TCF exams:

  • TCF IRN: For applying for French nationality or residency
  • TCF Canada: For emigrating to Canada or Canadian citizenship

TCF Format

The TCF is a multiple-choice test with 76 items that cover reading comprehension, command of grammatical structures and listening comprehension.

It also includes optional tests for written and oral expressions tests.

3 compulsory tests (76 items – 1 hr. 25 min)

  • Listening Comprehension (29 items – 25 min)
  • Command of lexical and grammatical structures (18 items – 15 min)
  • Reading Comprehension (29 items – 45 min)

2 optional tests

  • Written Expression (1 hr)
  • Oral Expression (12 min)

For more information about TCF, visit france-education-international.fr/test/tcf-tout-public.

Why take the TCF?

Work: A TCF certificate is a proof of your language knowledge and abilities to support job applications.

Study: The TCF meets French language requirements for application to graduate studies at French universities.

Personal: Each person can obtain an evaluation of his/her speaking, writing and comprehension skills in French with a TCF test.

Next Sessions

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

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

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

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Exam Fees

Compulsory Tests only
$200 FIAF Member / $215 Non-Member

Oral Expression
$100 FIAF Member / $115 Non-Member

Written Expression
$100 FIAF Member / $115 Non-Member

Compulsory Tests + Oral + Written
$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). You may pay over the phone (646-388-6691).

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 All Audience 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 languagecenter@fiaf.org.

FIAF reserves the right to cancel a session due to weather inclement or if the number of candidates does not exceed 10 candidates. 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 languagecenter@fiaf.org

Registration Form: TCF All Audience (pdf)
Registration Form: TCF All Audience (doc)