TEF Study

Test d’Evaluation de Français Études

What is TEF Study?

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.

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

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.

Applicants must meet the requirements for both oral and written tests of the TEF Study and obtain at least 14 out of 20 in the written expression test to be eligible for undergraduate studies in France.

TEF Study is composed of 4 tests:

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

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

Exam Dates

Exam Date: Friday, March 26, 2021 – FULL
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 5, 2021

Exam Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Registration Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2021

Exam Date: Friday, October 15, 2021
Registration Deadline: Friday, September 24, 2021

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

How is TEF Study graded?

The test evaluates the French skills of the candidate using a scale of 7 levels that range from 0+ level (basic skills) to level 6 (complete control).

This scale corresponds to:
• 6 skill levels A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CECR) of the Council of Europe
• 12 Canadian Language Benchmarks (NCLC – Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens).

Correspondance Niveaux TEF/CECR/NCLC

TEF 0+ 1 2 3 4 5 6
CECR A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
NCLC 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Compulsory Sections: Total 900 
Reading Comprehension: 300
Listening Comprehension: 360
Vocabulary & Structure: 240

Optional Sections: Written Expression: Total 450 
Thematic and semantic coherence: 150
Ability to argue and summarize: 120
Structure and vocabulary: 180

Optional Sections: Oral Expression: Total 450 
Understanding topics and finding appropriate information: 120
Facts explanation and argumentation: 150
Structure and vocabulary: 180

Getting your Certificate

Your grades will be sent to you via email within two weeks of the test date.

We will email you again when we receive your certificate, and you will be able to either pick it up at the FIAF Language Center or request for it to be mailed to you. Please allow for 5-6 weeks from the test date for us to receive your certificate.

The certificate of results is valid for two years.

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


All Sections
$350 FIAF Member / $385 Non-Member

Compulsory Sections only
$225 FIAF Member / $250 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.


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

Registration Form (pdf)

• Payment Form (pdf)

For emigration purposes, you must submit the following either in person or via mail: 
— an original signed registration form
— a copy of your passport or ID Card (on paper)

Any incomplete applications will be rejected.
You may pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) in person or over the phone (646-388-6691), or by check or money order (mail to FIAF).

Mail: Mrs. Voahangy Siraisi, FIAF, 22 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
Fax: 212-527-2678
Email: vsiraisi@fiaf.org

Exam participation can only be transferred to the next session in case of sickness. A doctor’s note (not via email) must be mailed within three days of the test.

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 language classes. View course catalog here.

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

Additional information is available here: lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/en/tests-diplomas/prepare-for-the-tef/