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TEF études en France

Test d’Evaluation de Français pour les études en France

Update: July 31, 2020

Download here the TEF registration form

Officially recognised since 2004 by the French National Ministry of Education in the context of a first registration for university undergraduate studies, the TEF Études en France assesses your proficiency in oral and written French.

The TEF Études en France is mandatory for any foreign student who wishes to sign up in the first year of an undergraduate program in a French university (Article D. 612-12 of the Education Code).

Candidates must pass both the written and oral sections of the TEF and obtain 315 points, equivalent to 14/20 in the written expression section to be admissible to the first year of an undergraduate degree.

Please see, below, more information!

TEF - Test d'évaluation de français

What does the test include

The TEF Études en France  consists of four modules:

  • Listening: 40 minutes – 60 questions
  • Reading: 60 minutes – 50 questions
  • Lexique et structure (vocabulary and syntax): 30 minutes – 40 questions
  • Writing: 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.


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 études en France
Reading + Listening + lexique & structure + Writing


  • 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 Études en France  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.

For more information, please click here


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 (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 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 (eTEF): ability to use computer

In order to take the computer based TEF reading, listening and writing tests, you must have basic knowledge of computer skills (read on a screen and use a mouse pad. 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 passport. CANDIDATES WITHOUT VALID PASSPORT 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 writting 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.
  • 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