Test d’Evaluation de Français pour le Canada

What is the Test d’Evaluation de Français pour le Canada ?

TEF is a standardized and graded French language test. All candidates receive a certificate of their level (from A1 to C2). 
Please note that the paper version of the TEF is no longer available.

  • The TEF Canada is a mandatory test in the context of economic immigration programs that require proof of language skills, at the request of Canadian Citizenship and Immigration to Canada.
  • The TEF Canada is also an essential proof of French language proficiency level to obtain Canadian Citizenship .

Starting in January 2021, the TEF Canada will only be available in a computer format. You still must take the exam in-person at the testing center, but you will complete the exam on a computer.

There will now be a maximum of 6 people per exam.

For the written portion of the exam, you will have a QWERTY keyboard. There is an accent keyboard on the screen, built-in to the computer application you will use for this section. 

When do I get the results?

Each candidate is sent by email a virtual certificate stating their test results within 3-6 weeks of the test date. 

How can I register?

After you complete your registration and payment below, please email a copy of your passport to [email protected].

Any incomplete applications will be rejected. Pictures will be taken on the day of the exam. You do not need to bring a paper picture.

Please email all materials to [email protected].

How can I prepare?

We are excited to now offer access to the PrepMyFuture e-learning platform!

$45 - unlimited access for one year

You will have access to over 1600 exercises, mock exams, grammar and vocabulary resources, and so much more! 

ADD-ONS: Available Fall 2021
We also offer additional supports such as corrections of two mock expression écrite sections, 30-minute expression orale practice, and 2 hours of private tutoring.

Two expression écrite corrections: +$40
30-minute expression orale practice: +$35
2 hours of private tutoring: +$120

Platform + all three add-ons: $220

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For Immigration to Canada

A candidate must take all of the below sections:

  • Listening Comprehension (40 minutes) - 60 questions – 360 points
  • Reading Comprehension (60 minutes) - 50 questions – 300 points
  • Written Expression (60 minutes) - 2 topics – 450 points
  • Oral Expression (15 minutes per candidate) – 2 topics – 450 points, scheduled on a first come first served basis:

Results for the 4 skills listed above are expected by Immigration Canada (CIC- Canadian Federal Government). The minimum level required is level 7, level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages.

For Canadian citizenship

A candidate must take the below sections only:

  • Listening Comprehension (40 minutes) - 60 questions – 360 points
  • Oral Expression (15 minutes per candidate) – 2 topics – 450 points, scheduled on a first come first served basis

Upcoming Sessions

Next Sessions Registration Deadline  
Jan. 21, 2022 Jan. 7, 2022 Register
Feb. 18, 2022 Feb. 4, 2022 Register
Mar. 25, 2022 Mar. 11, 2022 Register


Full Exam: Compréhension écrite + orale,
Expression écrite + orale
Compréhension + expression orale only $200

Exam fee is not refundable once registered. 

Private Sessions

If you are not available for the dates listed above, it might be possible to organize a private session. Private sessions are subject to a $50 extra fee. Please email [email protected] to discuss your options.

How is the TEF Canada Graded?

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

*CECR (Common European Framework for Languages) / *NCLC (Niveaux de Compétence Linguistique Canadiens)

More info: www.centredelanguefrancaise.paris.