TEF Exam (Test d'évaluation de français)

The TEF provides confirmation of one's level of competency in French in any professional, academic or mobility-related context, and in particular for:

--- For migrating to Canada and obtaining Canadian citizenship with the TEF Canada

--- For migrating to Quebec with the TEF Québec – TEFAQ

--- Studying in France with the TEF Études

The TEF consists of 5 tests:

  • Oral comprehension (CO) 40 min
  • Written comprehension (CE) 60 min
  • Oral Expression (EO) 15 min
  • Written Expression (EE) 60 min
  • Vocabulary and syntax (LS) 30 min

The tests are evaluated on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic competencies) to level 6 (complete fluency).

This scale relates to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and to the 12 levels of the Canadian Language Benchmarks.