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 undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

 The TCF is composed of:

  • Three compulsory modules:

    • Listening
    • Language structures
    • Reading
  • Two optional modules:

    • Writing
    • Speaking

The TCF is intended to young adults (16 +) and adults. Academic degrees or preparation are not required to take the TCF test. All candidates receive an official certificate of results that places them on the six-level scale (from A1 to C2) established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). It is possible to take the TCF several times, provided there is a 60-day period between two test sessions.

For further information about the TCF, please visit the CIEP (Centre International d’Études Pédagogiques) website.

Dernière mise à jour 1er décembre 2014. TCF tout public décembre_2014_v2.