TEF The test d'évaluation en français

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For additional information, please contact us at 416-289-5130, ext. 5120, or at fctoronto@collegeboreal.ca

The tests are scheduled every Friday starting at 9 a.m.

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:

Toronto campus:

1 Yonge st., 3rd floor, Toronto ON M5E 1E5

Timmins campus:

705-267-5850 ext. 5519
395 Thériault blvd, Timmins, ON

Sudbury campus:

705-560-6673 ext. 2808
21 Lasalle blvd, Sudbury, ON

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.

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.

Test time: 9:00 am

Upcoming dates:

March 31 2023

April 14 2023
April 28 2023

May 12 2023
May 26 2023

June 9 2023
June 23 2023

July 7 2023
July 21 2023

August 4 2023
August 18 2023

September 1 2023
September 15 2023
September 29 2023

October 6 2023
October 20 2023

November 3 2023
November 17 2023

December 1 2023
December 15 2023

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.

Toronto campus:

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.

Sudbury and Timmins campus:

  1. Contact the centre directly for more details on session dates, prices or for any questions about the organization.
  2. When you register, you will be asked for the following documents:
  • A photocopy of an official piece of identification (such as a passport) with photo and signature.
  • If the test centre cannot take your picture on the day of the test, they will also ask you to provide a photo ID.

  3. Read the registration and award conditions here.

You will also fill out a personal information sheet at the time of registration. This information will allow us to establish your attestation.

No prior diploma is required to sit for the exam. However, you must be over 16 years old.

Once your registration has been validated, your test centre will send you an invitation by email that you must present on the day of the exam with your ID.

Please note! If you have not received your invitation a week before the exam, remember to check your "Junk" / "Spam" / "Spam" folder in your inbox.

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.