TEF

Test d’Evaluation de Français


Reasons to take the 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 your level of knowledge and skills in French.

Based on your goals, you should take one of these TEF tests:

  • TEF Study — To study in France; to certify your level of French for work
  • TEF ANF — To obtain French citizenship
  • TEF Canada — To immigrate to Canada or for Canadian citizenship
  • TEFAQ — To immigrate to Quebec

TEF Format


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

A certificate of results, which is valid for one year, is issued for the applicant and shows the scores on each section of the test.

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.

The format and sections vary depending on the version of TEF:

TEF for Studies in France or for Work
(TEF Study)
TEF for French Nationality
(TEF ANF)
TEF for Canada Immigration/Nationality
(TEF Canada)
TEF for Québec Immigration
(TEFAQ)
Compulsory Section
Listening Comprehension;
Reading Comprehension;
Vocabulary & Structures;
Written Expression;
Compulsory Section
Listening Comprehension;
Oral Expression;
Compulsory Section for Canadian Immigration
Listening Comprehension;
Reading Comprehension;
Oral Expression;
Written Expression;
Compulsory Section
Listening Comprehension;
Oral Expression;
View TEF Study Info View TEF ANF Info Compulsory Section for Canadian Nationality
Listening Comprehension;
Oral Expression;
Optional Section (main applicant)
Reading Comprehension;
Written Expression;
View TEF Canada Info View TEFAQ Info