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TEF: Test d’Evaluation du Français

Created in 1998 by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI, the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. Results are valid for two years. 

The TEF is officially recognized by :
– the French Ministry of Education
– the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
– the French Ministry of the Interior
– the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada
– the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration
– the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration

The TEF consists of 5 Tests:
+ Oral comprehension (CO)
+ Written comprehension (CE)
+ Oral Expression (EO)
+ Written Expression (EE)
+ Vocabulary and syntax (LS)
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TEF Canada

For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recognized the TEF for these purposes since 2002. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada.

What are the tests for TEF Canada?

You must take the following tests for a Canadian immigration application:
+ Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
+ Written comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions
+ Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover
+ Written expression: 60 min – 2 topics to cover

 You must take the following examinations for a Canadian citizenship application:
+ Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
+ Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover

Please note! All tests must be completed on the same day for your certificate to be recognized by Canadian authorities.

Find out more about the tests content and how the exam is conducted

Find out about the TEF Québec (TEFAQ) arrangements for immigration to Québec

Registration, information :
info@alliancefrancaise.lk / tel: 011 2055 255 / 076 70 03 428

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