TEF – French Evaluation Test

In contrast to DELF and DALF exams, the candidate does not need to choose a level before they register: TEF is a progressive multilevel test (from A1 to C2), and the candidate receives a result differentiated skill by skill. For example, the result of a candidate’s test may be C1 in reading skills, B2 in listening, B1 in writing and speaking.

This test is therefore suitable for candidates who wish to justify their language level in a precise and differentiated manner, skill by skill (reading, listening, writing speaking).  

TEF provides the candidate with a certification valid for two years from the date of the test. This certification is recognised internationally by a large number of organisations, institutions and universities.

The certificate is available 4 to 6 weeks after the date of the test.

Description of the tasks

Different versions of TEF correspond to different needs:

  • TEF Tout public:  you wish to assess your skills for personal, academic or professional reasons.
    It consists of five optional tasks with a total duration of around 3.5hrs (Listening, Reading, Grammar and vocabulary, Speaking, Writing).
  • TEF Intégration, Résidence et Nationalité: you wish to acquire the French nationality.
    It consists of four mandatory parts with a total duration of about 2hrs (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).
  • TEF Canada or TEF Québec (TEFaQ): you wish to emigrate to Canada or to Québec and you need an official certification assessing your level.
    TEF Canada consists of four mandatory tasks with a duration of about 3hrs (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).
    TEF Québec (TEFaQ) consists of four optional tasks (you choose which parts you wish to take between Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing).
  • TEF Études: you are a student and you wish to enrol in a French university at a bachelor level.
    It consists of four mandatory tasks with a total duration of about 3hrs (Listening, Reading, Grammar and vocabulary, Writing).

Prepare for the TEF

Tutorials, advice, and sample papers are available on the website of Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris. Click here

Calendar

Test

Registration deadline

January

13/01/2023

27/01/2023

 

30/12/2022

13/01/2023

February

10/02/2023

 

27/01/2023

March

03/03/2023

17/03/2023

31/03/2023

 

17/02/2023

03/03/2023

17/03/2023

April

14/04/2023

28/04/2023

 

31/03/2023

14/04/2023

May

05/05/2023

26/05/2023

 

21/04/2023

12/05/2023

June

02/06/2023

16/06/2023

 

19/05/2023

02/06/2023

August

11/08/2023

25/08/2023

 

28/07/2023

11/08/2023

September

08/09/2023

22/09/2023

 

25/08/2023

08/09/2023

October

06/10/2023

27/10/2023

 

22/09/2023

13/10/2023

November

10/11/2023

24/11/2023

 

27/10/2023

10/11/2023

December

15/12/2023

 

01/12/2023

The dates of the tests can be available upon request, provided there are seats available: if you wish to take the TEF, please write to examen@france.fi in order to set a date (minimum 15 days after the request).

Fees

TEF (5 optional tasks: Listening, Reading, Grammar and vocabulary, Speaking, Writing) 55 euros per task
TEF Naturalisation (4 mandatory tasks) 175 euros
TEF Canada (4 mandatory tasks) 240 €
TEFaQ (for Québec)(4 optional tasks: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing) 60 euros per task
TEF Études (4 mandatory tasks) 175 euros

10 euros of administration fees will be added to the total.

  REGISTRATION  

In order to register, please create a profile on our website (REGISTRATION) and contact examen@france.fi, specifying the version of the test you wish to take.