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)

The DELF (Diplôme d’Études en Langue Française) and the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) are official diplomas awarded by the French National Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside of France in the French language. The DELF and DALF qualifications are under the authority of the CIEP (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques).

The DELF and the DALF are composed of six independent diplomas corresponding to the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

The DELF and DALF diplomas are independent, so candidates register directly for the examination of their choice. At each level, four skills are evaluated: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

 

CEFRL DELF-DALF User
A1 DELF A1 / DELF junior A1 Elementary
A2 DELF A2 / DELF junior A2
B1 DELF B1 / DELF junior B1 Independent
B2 DELF B2 / DELF junior B2
C1 DALF C1 Proficient
C2 DALF C2

For more details about the examinations, visit the CIEP website

Registration and examination dates vary between Alliances Françaises locations. Please inquire at the Alliance Française nearest to you.

TCF Québec (Test de Connaissance du Français)

The Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF Québec) is a test of proficiency in general French specially designed to be consistent with the standards of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec. It is only intended for people wishing to settle in Québec (Certificat de Sélection du Québec).

The TCF Québec is available in a paper-based version.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of one month between two exam sessions.

The TCF Québec evaluate the French skills on a scale with six levels (from A1 to C2) established by the the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ??(CEFR)   

The TCF Québec consists of 4 modules to evaluate your level of proficiency in oral and written skills::

  • Oral comprehension: 25 min – 29 questions
  • Written comprehension: 45 min – 29 questions
  • Written expression : 60 min – 3 topics
  • Oral expression : 12 min – 3 topics

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained. The results are valid for two years.

The TCF Quebec enables points to be obtained in accordance with a scale. For more details please inquire at the Alliance Française nearest to you.
Registration and examination dates vary between Alliances Françaises locations. Please inquire at the Alliance Française nearest to you.

TCF TP

The Test de connaissance du français (TCF) is intended to non-native French speakers who wish to assess and certify their level of proficiency in French in a simple and reliable fashion for:

  • Personal purposes: the TCF provides a snapshot of the candidate’s proficiency in written and oral French.
  • Professional purposes: the TCF certificate is a benchmark of the candidate’s language abilities and may be used to enhance job applications.
  • Academic purposes: the TCF is required by postsecondary education institutes for students wishing to apply for final year in undergraduate or postgraduate programs.

The TCF is available in a paper-based version.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 1 (one) month between two exam sessions.

The TCF TP evaluate the French skills on a scale with six levels (from A1 to C2) established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)  

The TCF TP is composed of three compulsory modules:

  • Oral comprehension: 25 min – 29 questions
  • Language structures: 15 min – 18 items
  • Written comprehension: 45 min – 29 questions

Two optional modules:

  • Written expression: 60 min – 3 topics
  • Oral expression: 12 min – 3 topics

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained. The results are valid for two years.

For further informations, please visite CIEP (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques) website.

Registration and examination dates vary between AFs locations. Please inquire at the AF nearest to you.

TEF (Test d’Évaluation en Français)

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 CANADA

The test d’Évaluation de Français pour le Canada (TEF Canadais 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 an official proof of language proficiency by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency applications and Canadian citizenship applications.

The TEF is conducted electronically (eTEF), or on paper at certain testing centres.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 60 days between two exam sessions.

The objective of the TEF is to evaluate your French skills on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic skills) to level 6 (complete fluency). This scale corresponds to:

The TEF Canada consists of 4 modules to evaluate your level of proficiency in oral and written skills:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 subjects to be covered
  • Written Expression: 60 min – 2 mandatory topics to be covered

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained. Please refer to the NCLC credits equivalences. The results are valid for two years.

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.

TEFAQ

The Test of Evaluation of French Adapted for Quebec (TEFaq) is a test which aims to measure the candidates’ level of poficiency in French, in both speaking & listening.

Candidates also have the possibility to assess their skills in written comprehension and written expression.

The TEFaq is recognised by the Quebec Ministry for Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) for Québec Selection Certificate applications.

The TEF is conducted electronically (eTEF), or on paper at certain testing centres.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 60 days between two exam sessions.

The TEFaq assesses your level in French of proficiency using a 7 level scale, from level 0 (the most elementary skills) to level 6 (full mastery). This scale refers to:

·         The 6 skill levels A1 to C2 from Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: (CEFR) by the Council of Europe.

  • And on the échelle québécoise des niveaux de compétences en français des personnes immigrantes adultes

The TEFaq consists of 4 independent modules:

  • Oral comprehension: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  • Oral expression: 15 minutes – 2 topics
  • Written comprehension: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  • Written expression: 60 minutes – 2 topics

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained. Please refer to the NCLC credits equivalence. The results are valid for two years.

The TEFAQ enables points to be obtained in accordance with a scale.  For more details, please inquire at the Alliance Française nearest to you

Registration and examination dates vary between Alliances Françaises locations. Please inquire at the Alliance Française nearest to you

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