International Diplomas

Along with a few Canadian universities, Alliances Françaises in Canada are the only official exam centres for French-as-a foreign language tests and diplomas.

If you plan to live, work or study in France or another French-speaking country, such as Canada, one of the diplomas or tests presented below may be required by education, immigration authorities or by an employer.

You will get familiar with all those diplomas and tests by having a look at the following descriptions.

To know more about the registration deadline, exams and tuition fees, you shall get in touch with the nearest chapter.

DELF (Diplôme d’Enseignement de Langue Française)  –  DALF (Diplôme Avancé de Langue Française)

DELF (Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française) and DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language.

Why should I take DELF or DALF? If you are not a native French-speaker and you would like your French skills to be recognized for personal or professional purposes can take the exams. These diplomas are also recognized by some French universities and “Grandes Écoles” as meeting French language requirements for entry..
DELF and DALF are composed of 6 independent diplomas that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL)

At each level, 4 skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Only fully qualified teachers are authorized to take DELF-DALF tests. Candidates who take these tests are guaranteed quality and impartiality of the evaluation and correction of the examinations.

There is also a specially adapted version of the DELF diplomas for teenagers. (DELF Junior, from A1 to B2) and children (DELF Prim A1).

The training courses offered by the AF are preparation for the DELF DALF diplomas. The students do not need additional or specific preparation.

TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français) – TCF Québec

The TCF is a standard graded test designed by the CIEP, a language tester and member of ALTE, based on an extremely rigorous method that makes it a valid means of assessing language skills.

The TCF is the French language test awarded by the French Ministry of Education: TCF assesses a person’s level of French language for general purposes. It is intended for people who are not native French speakers and who, for professional, personal or academic reasons, wish to have their competency in French assessed and certified simply, reliably and quickly.

The TCF is a standard graded test designed by the CIEP (Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques – Paris) based on an extremely rigorous method that makes it a valid means of assessing language skills.

All candidates receive a certificate of results that grades them at one of six levels (from A1 to C2) on the competency scale defined by the CEFRL : Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This means that it is not possible to fail the TCF. Since December 2002, the TCF has been certified in accordance with ISO 9001 : 2000 standard.

TCF has three compulsory tests (1.5 hours) and two optional ones (2 hours).

Compulsory tests:

  • Listening comprehension (25 min.)
  • Language structures (20 min.)
  • Reading comprehension (45 min.)

Optional tests:

  • Oral expression (15 min.)
  • Written expression (1h45)

The optional tests are only for general public TCF.

For more details about tests, click here

The TCF Quebec

Since 16 October 2006, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MICC) has required people submitting applications to immigrate to Quebec to provide proof of their level of competency in French by taking the “TCF pour le Québec”, or TCF test for Quebec. This test can only be taken by people who submit an immigration application at a Quebec immigration office or at Délégations Générales du Québec, Quebec government offices abroad.
TCF Quebec has only 2 tests :

  • Listening comprehension (30 min.)
  • Oral expression (15 min.)

To know more about TCF Quebec, read this file (in French): Manuel du Candidat – TCF Québec

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike the DELF-DALF, the TCF and TCF – Quebec have a limited validity of two (2) years.
Registration and examination dates vary between AFs locations. Please inquire at the AF nearest to you.

TEF (Test d’Évaluation en Français) and TEFAQ

Thanks to the know-how of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris in matters of education and certicates, the TEF has become a reference.

The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry grants a certificate that is widely recognized by business firms and the French Ministry of National Education. As a result, it is easier to study and find employment in all French-language organizations.

TEF assesses a person’s level of French language for general purposes. It is intended for people who are not native French speakers and who, for professional, personal or academic reasons, wish to have their competency in French assessed and certified simply, reliably and quickly.

The TEF allows you to assess your level in French in a short amount of time. It assesses your comprehension and expression skills and quantitatively and qualitatively your linguistic skills
It provides a detailed and individualized analysis of results. The certificate issued to the candidates shows the results and provides individualized commentaries for each test. It ranks each candidate on a scale based on the common european framework of reference for languages

The TEF is recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). The test results will be used by CIC as conclusive proof of your language skills.

TEF Québec (TEFAQ) is intended for people who need proof of French proficiency for the Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities of Québec. There are 2 compulsory modules: Oral Comprehension (60 questions – 40 min.), Oral Expression (35 min.- 2 topics) To know more about TEFAQ, click here: http://www.fda.ccip.fr/tef/epreuves_tefaq

The TEF includes:
3 compulsory modules : (2 hours 10 minutes):

  • Reading Comprehension : 50 questions – 1 hour
  • Listening Comprehension : 60 questions – 40 min.
  • Vocabulary & Sentence Structures : 40 questions – 30 min.

2 optional modules (1 hour 35 minutes):

  • Written Expression : 1 hour
  • Oral Expression : 35 minutes

The sections are based on various exercises and activities. For further information, please check the TEF website. (link : http://www.fda.ccip.fr/tef)

PLEASE NOTE: Unlike the DELF-DALF, the TEF and TEF – Quebec have a limited validity of two (2) years.
Registration and examination dates vary between Alliances Françaises locations. Please inquire at the Alliance Française nearest to you.