Test d’Evaluation de Français

What is TEF?

Created in 1998 by the French Language Centre of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is an international benchmark test that measures a person’s level of knowledge and skills in French.

Officially recognized since 2004 by the French Ministry of National Education, TEF evaluates French-language skills in writing and speaking for any foreign student applying for an undergraduate enrollment in France and in Canada.

It can also be used to certify a person’s level of French for work and during employee recruitment, as well as for internship/training or study abroad programs.

TEF consists of 5 modular tests:

  • Listening Comprehension : 40 min – 60 items
  • Reading Comprehension : 60 min – 50 items
  • Vocabulary & Structures : 30 min – 40 items
  • Written Expression : 60 min – 2 topics to complete
  • Oral Expression : 15 min – 2 topics to complete

According to your goals and the formalities you need to complete, you can choose any or all of 5 tests listed above.
This test must be completed at a single session.

Please read this additional information:
Conditions d’inscription et de passation du Test d’évaluation de français (pdf)

Exam Dates

Please check for 2022 session dates at the end of December 2021.

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

How is TEF graded?

The tests are evaluated on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic competencies) to level 6 (complete fluency).

This scale relates to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and to the 12 levels of the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Getting your Certificate

You should receive your certificate by email 5 to 6 weeks from the test date.

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 Sections
$450 FIAF Member / $485 Non-Member

Listening Comprehension
$100 FIAF Member / $115 Non-Member

Reading Comprehension
$100 FIAF Member / $115 Non-Member

Vocabulary and Structure
$100 FIAF Member / $115 Non-Member

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

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

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

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.

All exam candidates must be vaccinated and are required to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing.  You must bring a proof of vaccination upon entering FIAF. 

More frequent building-wide cleaning schedule has been implemented.


Please complete the registration and payment forms below and email them to FIAF.

Registration Form (pdf)

• Payment Form (pdf)

For emigration purposes, you must submit the following by email: 
— a pdf format and duly signed registration form and payment form
— a copy of your passport or ID Card

Any incomplete applications will be rejected.

Exam Coordinator: Mrs. Voahangy Siraisi, FIAF, 22 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
Email: vsiraisi@fiaf.org

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 vsiraisi@fiaf.org.

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

Preparation Tips

The best way to get ready for this exam is to take FIAF’s French private lessons. View information here.

We also have a preparation book and CD available for sale at the Language Center Office.

Additional information is available here: lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/tests-diplomes/test-evaluation-francais-tef