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Update: July 31, 2020

Download here the TCF registration form

The Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) is a test of general French, recognised as an official proof of language proficiency by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)  for permanent residency applications.

Please see, below, more information!




What does the test include

The TCF Canada is conducted electronically for those who require special accomodations.

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

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 30 days between two exam sessions.

The objective of the TCF Canada is to evaluate your French skills on a scale of 6 levels. This scale corresponds to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR).

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

Listening: 35 min – 39 questions

Reading: 60 min – 39 questions

Speaking: 12 min – 3 subjects to be covered

Writing: 60 min – 3 mandatory topics to be covered

An official certificate of results will be delivered to the candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test, showing the score obtained for each module.

The results are valid for two years.


10 et plus C1-C2 16-20 549-699 549-699 C1-C2 16-20
9 C1 14-15 523-548 524-548 C1 14-15
8 B2 12-13 503-522 499-523 B2 12-13
7 B2 10-11 458-502 453-498 B2 10-11
6 B1 7-8-9 398-457 406-452 B1 7-8-9
5 B1 6 369-397 375-405 B1 6
4 A2 4-5 331-368 342-374 A2 4-5


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


4 mandatory modules:


$ 380



  • 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 one (1) 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 your registration for TCF Canada is best suited to your situation, and confirm which modules you must take. 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:

  • Registration form TCF properly filled out, dated and signed
  • Valid passport
  • Certified cheque, money order, debit (at the AFO), 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 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 Canada): ability to use a computer

In order to take the computer based eTCF reading, listening and writing tests, 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.


For more information on the tests preparation, please check:


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 at any time 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.

Communication amongst candidates or the outside will not be permitted during the test.

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 and will be banned from taking the test for a period that will be determined by the CIEP.


  • 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 official purposes.
  • No duplicate of the certificate of results will be delivered.