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Test de Connaissance du Français pour l’Accès à la Nationalité Française

Update: July 31, 2020

Download here the TCF registration form

The TCF for French nationality (TCF ANF) is specifically designed to meet the new provisions introduced by the Ministère français de l’Intérieur, de l’Outre-mer, des Collectivités territoriales et de l’Immigration related to the assessment of French language proficiency for applicants to French citizenship.

Offered since January 2012, the TCF ANF was specifically designed to comply with the new measures introduced by the French Interior Ministry (decree 2011-1265 of 11 October 2011) set at oral level B1 (listening and speaking examinations), the minimum level of French proficiency required for candidates to French citizenship.

As an exception, the French authorities will also accept results to TCF for the general public complete with an oral expression examination, and to the TCF Québec (with speaking and listening examinations), resulting in level B1 minimum.

DELF B1, B2 or DALF C1, C2 diploma holders are also exempt from the test.

Please see, below, more information!

What does the test include

The TCF is available in camputer-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 (1) month between two exam sessions.

The TCF ANF 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 ANF is composed of two compulsory modules:

  • Listening: 25 min – 29 questions
  • Speaking: 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


Dear candidates,

We sincerely thank you for your trust and your patience during these last 4 months.

Further to the announcements of the government of Ontario, planning the step 3 of the reopening of the economy on Friday, July 17, Alliance Française Ottawa will

gradually resume its exams center activities for TEF Canada (permanent residency) and TEFaq:

We currently have no date to communicate to you but for now, the registration is on a waiting list only.

To book your spot for the next available test date, please send your COMPLETE REGISTRATION FILE

(registration form filled out and signed + I.D. + payment authorization) to info@af.ca.

Payment will be arranged once a test date is confirmed.

Upcoming sessions calendar will soon online. Please visit our website regularly to be informed.

Update: July 31, 2020

Registration fees

TCF ANF (Access to French Nationality)
Reading + Writting + Speaking + Listening


  • A non-refundable $75 fee will be charged in the event of cancellation or rescheduling before the registration deadline.
  • No refund or change of test date will be accepted if received after the registration deadline.
  • In case a candidate is not allowed to enter the exam room (for example a candidate without passport), fees will not be refunded and a new application will be required after 1 (one) month.
  • Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.
  • No refund or credit will be granted under any circumstances past the aforementioned deadlines, unless Alliance Française has to cancel a session of tests, in which case an alternative exam date will be offered, or a full refund will be granted.
  • An official notification including the tests schedule and a candidate guide will be sent by email to the candidate approximately 5 days before the test.
  • On the day of the exam, candidates must be available all day (8am-6pm).

How to enroll?

Choose the right test

Make sure the TCF ANF is the right test for your situation. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to ensure that he/she is registered for the appropriate exam. Alliance Française Ottawa and its employees cannot be held responsible for the choices made by the candidate. Please refer to the Immigration Service to select the right test.

Ability to read simple sentences written in French.

When signing up for the listening test, candidates understand that they will have to read simple sentences written in French, and certify that they are able to do so.


Come to our reception desk in person during our regular business hours. You can email us: info@af.ca or call us at 613-234-9470.

Required documents for registration:

Certified cheque, money order, debit, Visa, Mastercard, cash or personal cheque accepted. Full amount required upon registration.

You cannot come to our reception desk in person?

  1. Download the Registration form TCF
  2. Complete and sign the form
  3. Scan your valid passport
  4. Send the registration form signed and your valid passport scanned to info@af.ca before the registration deadline.

IMPORTANT: Verify the accuracy of the information on the registration form as they will appear on your certificate. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Special needs

If you have a disability or a condition that may require specific accommodations, please inform Alliance Française Ottawa before registration. All requests for accommodations must be accompanied by supporting documents (doctoŕ s note to specify the nature of the situation and which arrangements must be made to ensure you take the exam in the optimal conditions). For further questions, contact us at info@af.ca or by phone at 613-234-9470.

Computed Based examination (eTCF ANF): Ability to use a computer

In order to take the computer based eTCF ANF listening test, you must have basic knowledge of computer skills (read on a screen, use a mouse pad and a key board). If you cannot use a computer (read on a screen, use a mouse and a keyboard), you must request accommodations at the time of registration. All requests for accommodations must be accompanied by supporting documents (doctoŕ s note to specify the nature of the situation and which arrangements must be made to ensure you take the exam in the optimal conditions). For further questions, contact us at info@af.ca or by phone at 613-234-9470.

For further questions, contact us at info@af.ca or by phone at 613-234-9470.

Getting ready

For more information on the tests preparation, please check:

Examination day

Candidates must check in with the supervisor of the official centre or the invigilator(s) with their notification of schedule and their valid passport. CANDIDATES WITHOUT VALID IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REFUSED TO ACCESS THE EXAMINATION; NO EXCEPTION WILL BE MADE.

After the identity check, the head of the official centre or the invigilator(s) will direct the candidates to their assigned seats in the examination room.

Exams are camputer-based. Candidates must leave their piece of ID visibly on the table for the entirety of the test so that identity checks can be performed throughout the test.

During the entire examination, no exits will be permitted, unless in case of emergency or health issue previously informed by the candidate and justified with a medical certificate.

During the entirety of the exams, communication amongst candidates or the outside will not be permitted.

Candidates arriving late will not be allowed in the examination room once the examination has started.

In the event of fraud or misconduct by a candidate (disturbing the examination procedure, communication or attempt to communicate with other candidates or the outside…), candidates expose themselves to immediate removal from the examination room as well as a ban from taking the test for a period that will be determined by the CIEP.

After the test

  • An official certificate of results will be available from 4 to 8 weeks after the test.
  • Alliance Française will contact the candidates as soon as the certificates of results are ready to be picked up in person during our office hours.
  • If you wish to receive your certificate of results by mail, please provide a pre-stamped envelope (31.8 cm x 24.1 cm / 12.5″x9.5″) with your full name, complete address and sufficient postage. Registered mail only (i.e. Priority™ or Xpresspost™). Collection of the certificate of results in person at the Alliance Française office: no return envelope necessary.
  • Please note that the official certificate of results is the only document that can be used for immigration purposes for France.
  • No duplicate of the certificate of results will be delivered.