French certification exam

TEF, TEF Canada and TEFAQ

The TEF (Test d’évaluation du français) is an international benchmark test created by the Chamber of Commerce of the Paris-Île-de-France region that measures an individual’s level of knowledge and proficiency in French.

TEF Canada is a test recognized by Citizenship and Immigration of Canada (CIC) for individuals who wish to obtain a certification of their French language skills as part of an immigration dossier or an application for Canadian Citizenship.

The TEFAQ (Test d’évaluation de français adapté au Québec) is recognized by the Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) as part of an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec.

We also offer the TEF for studies in France and the TEF for naturalization (applying for citizenship in France).

In general, the governmental requirements are as follows:

TEF CANADA TEFAQ TEF for studies in France TEF – Naturalization (French citizenship)
Immigration
4 tests:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Citizenship
2 tests:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
Mandatory:

  • Listening
  • Speaking

Optional
(main requestor)

  • Reading
  • Writing

 

  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary and structure
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Reading

Candidates are responsible for selecting the tests that are required in their individual situation. You may contact CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) and/or the MIDI (Quebec Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion) directly to ask them to indicate the tests you should take.

Examination process

The listening and reading tests are administered by computer at the examination centre. The writing test is administered on paper and the speaking test is coordinated by a jury of two evaluators.

Upcoming examination dates

Type of test     Registration deadline Examination date
TEF / TEF Canada / TEFAQ February 9, 2018 February 23, 2018
February 23, 2018 March 9, 2018
March 2, 2018 March 16, 2018
March 23, 2018 April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018 April 20, 2018
April 20, 2018 May 4, 2018
May 4, 2018 May 18, 2018
May 18, 2018 June 1st, 2018
June 1st, 2018  June 15, 2018
June 15, 2018  June 29, 2018

The number of participants per examination session is limited and registration requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us at 416-289-5130, ext. 5120 or at fctoronto@collegeboreal.ca to inquire about the availability of spaces in each session.

There will be a waiting period between each test on examination day. You will receive a detailed schedule several days before examination day. Candidates must be available from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Registration fees

Available tests:

Listening: $135.00

Speaking: $135.00

Reading: $70.00

Writing: $70.00

Please note that no reimbursements or date changes are allowed after registration has been confirmed. Please verify all the options you have selected before submitting your request. Your choice of date and type of test is definite and final. No changes will be allowed.

You may take a test as many times as you wish, but a 60-day waiting period is required between two registrations.

How to register

  1. Read the TEF terms and conditions for registration and examination.
  2. Fill out the registration form and the payment form.
  3. Send both completed forms and a copy of the first page of your passport using one of these options:

By email: fctoronto@collegeboreal.ca

In person: Collège Boréal, Toronto campus, 1, Yonge Street, 3rd floor, Toronto ON M5E 1E5

By mail: Collège Boréal, Continuing Education, 1, Yonge Street, 3rd floor, Toronto ON M5E 1E5

Once your registration form and payment have been received, we will email you an acknowledgment of receipt and the candidate’s handbook. We will also send you an official convocation several days before examination day.

General examination requirements

Download the TEF Canada candidate handbook and the terms and conditions for registering and taking the TEF test

For further information on TEF Canada: https://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/tests-diplomes/test-evaluation-francais-tef/tef-canada/

Download the candidate’s handbook for the eTEF Canada

Download the candidate’s manual for TEFAQ 

For further information on the TEFAQ: https://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/tests-diplomes/test-evaluation-francais-tef/tef-quebec-tefaq/

Examination procedure

On examination day, all candidates must bring the following required documents:

  • The candidate’s official convocation
  • A valid passport

If you do not present these documents, access to the examination session will be automatically denied without reimbursement of fees.

Upon arrival, we will take your photo for identification purposes. This photo is required to take the TEF.

No latecomers will be admitted to the examination room once the test is underway.

During the entire examination day, no candidate may leave the room, except if a health problem confirmed by a medical certificate is presented at registration.

Duration of examination sessions:

Reading/listening: 1 hour 40 min.

Writing: 1 hour

Speaking: 15 minutes

Please refer to the TEF candidate’s handbook for further details.

Results

The TEF provides a detailed and personalized certificate of results. For each module, your certificate will show the score you have obtained, your level of proficiency and a comment on your skill level in general French.

Your results will be sent to you by mail approximately six weeks after the exam.

The results remain valid for a period of two years.

 

For further information, please contact us:

Continuing Education, Collège Boréal ― Toronto campus:
FCToronto@collegeboreal.ca
416-289-5130