TEF French certification exam

Test d'évaluation du français

TEF The test d'évaluation en français

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Upcoming examination dates: 

  • August 28  
  • September 4 
  • September 11 
  • September 18 
  • September 25 
  • October 2 
  • October 9 
  • October 16 
  • October 23 
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 20
  • November 27
  • December  4
  • December 11
  • December 18

All you need to know about the TEF

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 Immigration, Refugees and Immigration Canada (IRCC) 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:

(for immigration purposes)
4 tests:
- Listening
- Writing
- Reading
- Speaking

(for citizenship)
2 tests:
- Listening
- Speaking

Mandatory tests:
- Listening
- Speaking

 Optional (main requestor):
- Reading
- Writing

TEF for studies in France
- Listening
- Writing
- Vocabulary and structure
- Reading

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

The exam sessions are organized at the Collège Boréal's Toronto campus.

Contact us directly:
Continuing education, Collège Boréal - Toronto campus:
- FCToronto@collegeboreal.ca
- 416-289-5130
- Collège Boréal, campus de Toronto, 1, rue Yonge, 3e étage, Toronto ON M5E 1E5

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 one to two evaluators.

COVID-19: Examination sessions are postponed until further notice.

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.

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.

Read the TEF terms and conditions for registration and examination.
Fill out the registration form and the payment form.
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 the examination day.

For further information on TEF Canada:



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.

Reading/listening: 1 hour 40 min.
Writing: 1 hour
Speaking: 15 minutes
Please refer to the TEF candidate’s handbook for further details.

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.