Proficiency Exams

What is the TEF ?

The TEF is designed to assess the level of French language of non native French speakers. It is useful in many cases :

  • Required for some French Universities
  • Add value your resume
  • Apply for a position with a French company
  • Accepted and in some cases required to immigrate to Canada including Quebec (TEF Canada, please note that this replaces the TEFaQ)
  • Proof of French language level for requests for French or Canadian citizenships
  • Accepted as proof of French level for TAPIF applications

It gives a quantitative and qualitative measure of each candidate’s linguistic and communication skills.  The TEF also offers a detailed and personalized analysis of results. A TEF certificate is generally valid for two years. You can take the TEF exams as many times as you like and no diploma is required to take the TEF.

The TEF includes:

Three Obligatory Sections (2 hours 10 minutes):

  1. Written Comprehension (1 hour),
  2. Listening Comprehension (about 40 min),
  3. Vocabulary and Structures (30 min)

Two Optional Sections:

  1. Written Expression (1hour),
  2. Oral Expression (35 min per candidate)

TEF Canada include Four Optional Sections (2 hour 55 minutes) :

  1. Written Comprehension (1 hour)
  2. Oral comprehension (40 minutes)
  3. Oral expression (15 minutes)
  4. Written Expression (1hour),

Please note the following information from the ministère Citoyenneté et immigration Canada (CIC) about the TEF Canada exam:

For immigration requests for Canada (besides Québec) to be taken into account candidates must take all four sections during the same exam session. If the overall score is not high enough the candidate has to retake all four sections.

For citizenship requests the candidate must take at minimum the oral comprehension and oral expression sections of the exam during the same exam session. If the overall score is not high enough the candidate has to retake all four sections.

For immigration requests for Québec the candidate must take at minimum the oral comprehension and oral expression sections of the exam during the same exam session. The main requestor can add points by taking the other sections of the exam during the same exam session. If the overall score is not high enough the candidate has to retake all four sections.

 

AFMSP also offers the TEF pour naturalisation exam for candidates planning to request French nationality. This exam includes two mandatory sections:

  1. Oral comprehension (40 minutes)
  2. Oral expression (15 minutes)

How much does it cost?

TEF AFMSP Members Non-Members
Compulsory sections $245 $245
Optional sections $90 (each option) $90 (each option)
Registration fee None $25

 

TEF Canada AFMSP members Non-members
Each of 4 sections $90 $90
All 4 sections $330 $330
Registration fees none $25

 

TEF pour naturalisation AFMSP Members Non Members
Compulsory sections $165 $165
Registration fee None $25

Exam fee is not refundable after the registration deadline.

When can I take the TEF or TEFAQ?

The AFMSP offers several TEF  sessions in 2017:

Registration deadline Exam date
 TEF Canada  January 13, 2017  Friday, February 10, 2017
 TEF Canada  May 26, 2017  Friday, June 23, 2017

 

Registration deadline Exam date
TEF/TEF pour naturalisation  March 17, 2017

October 6, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, November 3, 2017

 

 

How can I prepare for these exams?

The best way to get ready for this exam is to take our general French programs.

AFMSP can provide tailored preparation for these exams.

There is now also an app available

http://www.centredelanguefrancaise.paris/telecharger-francais-3-0/

For more information about the test, visit www.fda.ccip.fr

What is the DELF ?

The DELF, or diplôme d’études en langue française is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify French language competency for non-native French speakers. This certification or diploma is valid for life.

These certificates are valid for life. DELF and DALF consist of six independent certificates that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Exam Preparation Help
AFMSP Classes: please contact us for more information
Official website: ciep.fr
Sample Tests: ciep.fr/en/delfdalf/sujet.php

Related Exams for Kids & Teens
DELF Prim (ages 8–12)
DELF Juniors (ages 13+)

How much does it cost?

Level Exam available Price
A1.1 Prim $110
A1 Adult, Junior, Prim $120
A2 Adult, Junior, Prim $130
B1 Adult, Junior $140
B2 Adult, Junior $170

Please contact us for more information about the DELF Junior or Prim exam administered through a school.

When can I take the DELF?

2017 exam sessions:

March 20-22: DELF A1-B2 for Adults (Registration from February 6-March 6, 2017)

April 3-6: DELF Junior A1-B2 for High School students (Registration from February 20-March 20, 2017)

June 5-8: DELF Junior A1-B2 for High School students (Registration from April 21-May 22, 2017)

June 12-14: DELF A1-B2 for Adults (Registration from April 28-May 29, 2017)

December 4-7: DELF Junior A1-B2 for High School students (Registration from October 20-November 20, 2017)

December 4-6: DELF A1-B2 for Adults (Registration from October 20-November 20, 2017)

We also offer the DELF Prim for elementary school students, please contact us for more information.

Click here to download a Registration form

schedule for next written section of the sessions (oral exams are scheduled individually within 10 days of the written portion)

 DELF A1 GENERAL PUBLIC Monday, March 20, 2017  11 AM-12:20 PM
 DELF A2 GENERAL PUBLIC Monday, March 20, 2017  11 AM-12:40 PM
 DELF B1 GENERAL PUBLIC Tuesday, March 21, 2017  11 AM-12:45 PM
 DELF B2 GENERAL PUBLIC Wed, March 22, 2017  11 AM-1:30 PM
DELF A1 JUNIOR Monday, April 3, 2017 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
DELF A2 JUNIOR Tuesday, April 4, 2017 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
DELF B1 JUNIOR Wed, April 5, 2017 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
DELF B2 JUNIOR Thursday, April 6, 2017 11:00 AM-1:30 PM