Test d’Évaluation de Français pour l’accès au Québec

What is TEF Québec (TEFAQ)?

The French evaluation test for access to Quebec (TEFAQ) is a general French test that aims to measure the level of knowledge and skills in French reading and listening as well as speaking and writing.

It is the version of the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) recognized by the Immigration Department of Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) of Quebec and is essential to perform an official immigration application.

Besides the compulsory oral tests, candidates may choose to be assessed on their mastery of written French with two tests of comprehension and written expression. Points earned during the optional written tests are therefore a bonus. They can increase the points already obtained by the candidates in oral.

Oral tests (compulsory):

  • Listening Comprehension 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral Expression 15 min – 2 topics

Written tests (optional):

  • Written Expression 60 min – 2 topics
  • Reading Comprehension 15 min – 2 topics

The TEFAQ assigns points for the immigration process in Quebec on ​​the following scale:

Principal Applicant
Maximum 16 points
A1, A2, B1 B2 C1 C2
Listening Comprehension 40 min 0 point 5 points 6 points 7 points
Oral Expression 15 min 0 point 5 points 6 points 7 points
Reading Comprehension 1hour 0 point 1 point
Written Expression 1hour 0 point 1 point
Spouse of Principal Applicant
Maximum 6 points
A1, A2, B1 B2 C1 C2
Listening Comprehension 40 min 0 point 2 points 3 points 3 points
Oral Expression 15 min 0 point 2 points 3 points 3 points

Exam Dates

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

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

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

Exam Date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 19, 2021

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

How is the TEFAQ graded?

As for the TEF, the TEFAQ scores are ranked on 6 levels, ranging from 0+ level (basic skills) to level 6 (master skills), per the scale of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile-de-France (CCI Paris Ile-de-France), and from A1 level to C2 level, as defined by the Council of Europe (CECRL – Common European Framework of References for Languages). Read about the CECRL here.

TEF and TEFAQ score results are reliable measurements of language proficiency. An official certificate which is valid for one year is awarded.

Correspondance niveaux CCIP/CECRL

CCIP 0+ 1 2 3 4 5 6
CECRL A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2


Compulsory Listening Comprehension: Total 360

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

Optional Reading Comprehension: Total 450

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

Getting your Certificate

Your grades will be sent to you via email within four weeks of the test date as it is mentioned “Attestation dématérialisée” on the registration form.

If you wish to receive a paper certificate in addition, please check the box to request one on the registration form and authorize an additional payment for $55 at the time of registration. 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.


Compulsory Listening Comprehension + Oral Expression
$265 FIAF Member / $280 Non-Member

Optional Reading Comprehension
$75 FIAF Member / $90 Non-Member

Optional Written Expression
$75 FIAF Member / $90 Non-Member

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

You may pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) in person or over the phone (646-388-6691).


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.

Mail: Mrs. Voahangy Siraisi, FIAF, 22 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
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.


The best way to get ready for this exam is to take FIAF’s general French classes. View courses here.

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

Info also available here: lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/en/tests-diplomas/prepare-for-the-tef/