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TEF Canada

Test d’Evaluation de Français pour le Canada


Update: July 31, 2020

Download here the TEF registration form

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

Please see, below, more information!

TEF - Test d'évaluation de français

What does the test include

The reading, listening and writing tests will be computer-based only.

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 30 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:

  • Listening: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Reading: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Speaking: 15 min – 2 subjects to be covered
  • Writing: 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.

Which examinations correspond to which test?

The selection of modules used depend on the version of the TEF selected*:

Type of request Mandatory modules
Permanent residency Listening + Reading + Speaking + Writing

in the same session

Canadian citizenship Listening + Speaking

in the same session

*Information given as an indicative reference only, subject to modifications by the Canadian immigration services without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to ensure that he/she is registered for the appropriate exam. The Alliance Française of Ottawa and its employees cannot be held responsible for the choices made by the candidate. Please contact the appropriate immigration authorities if you have any question or concern about your immigration application.

Calendar

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

TEF Canada
Listening Reading Speaking Writing
$70.00 $95.00 $120.00 $95.00

IMPORTANT

  • 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 60 days.
  • 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 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 TEF Canada is the right test for 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.

For more information, please click here

Register

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 document for registration:

  • Registration Form TEF properly filled out, dated and signed
  • Valid piece of identification: Permanent residency = passport only; citizenship = passport, permanent resident card or driver’s license

Certified cheque, money order, debit (at the AFO), Visa, Mastercard, cash or personal cheque accepted. Full amount required upon registration

You can’t come at our reception desk in person?

  1. Download the Registration Form TEF
  2. Fill out, date and sign the form
  3. Scan your valid piece of identification: Permanent residency = passport only; citizenship = passport, permanent resident card or driver’s license
  4. Send the registration form signed and your valid piece of identification 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 (TEF): ability to use a computer

In order to take the computer based TEF listening, reading 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.

Getting ready

To get ready for the test, Alliance Française Ottawa offers:

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 piece of identification. CANDIDATES WITHOUT VALID PIECE OF 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 take an identification picture of each candidate and direct candidates to their assigned seats in the examination room.

The reading, listening and writing tests will be computer-based only. 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 CCI Paris-Ile De France.

After the test

  • An official certificate of results will be available from 4 to 8 weeks after the test.
  • An official certificate of results will be sent by email 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 Canada
  • If you need a duplicate of your certificate, order it directly on this website