TEF – French Evaluation Test
The French Evaluation Test for Canada (TEF Canada) is a test of general French which assesses the level of proficiency in French of native and non-native French speakers alike.
The TEF Canada is recognised as official proof of language proficiency by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as well as the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec for permanent residency applications, certificat de sélection du Québec applications and Canadian citizenship applications.
Level of proficiency
The TEF Canada assesses the candidate’s proficiency in French using a 7 level scale based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).
The TEF Canada is directed specifically at candidates wishing to assess their level of proficiency in French for immigration applications to Canada or Quebec, or for Canadian citizenship applications.
The TEF Canada is recognised as official proof of language proficiency by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la DIversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec.
The TEF Canada assesses the candidate’s level of proficiency using a 7 level scale. These levels are described in detail for each skill (reading/listening/writing/speaking).
Information for candidates: download the TEF Canada candidate handbook.
The TEF Canada consists of 4 modules: listening, speaking, reading and/or writing.
- Compréhension écrite (reading): 60 minutes – 50 questions – 300 points
- Compréhension orale (listening): 40 minutes – 60 questions – 360 points
- Expression écrite (writing) : 60 minutes – 2 topics – 450 points
- Expression orale (speaking) : 15 minutes – 2 topics – 450 points
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