Test d’Evaluation de Français pour le Canada

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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 5 people per exam, two time slots per day. 

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 one month of the test date. 

How can I register?

For emigration purposes, you must submit the following either in person or via email:

  1. A signed registration form
  2. A copy of your passport

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 certifications@af-chicago.org.

How can I prepare?

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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
Mar. 12, 2021 FULL
Apr. 30, 2021 FULL
May 21, 2021 FULL
June 11, 2021 FULL
July 17, 2021 July 2, 2021


Cost Members Non-Members
Full test with all 4 sections $280 $330
Test with 2 sections (for citizenship) $180 $210


Exam fee is not refundable once registered. 

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.