TEF Canada

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 official proof of language proficiency by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as well as the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec for permanent residency applications, certificat de sélection du Québec applications and Canadian citizenship applications.

Level of proficiency

The TEF Canada assesses the candidate’s proficiency in French using a 7 level scale based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).

Candidate profile

The TEF Canada is directed specifically at candidates wishing to assess their level of proficiency in French for immigration applications to Canada or Quebec, or for Canadian citizenship applications.

The TEF Canada is recognised as official proof of language proficiency by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la DIversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec.

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.


The TEF Canada assesses the candidate’s level of proficiency using a 7 level scale. These levels are described in detail for each skill (reading/listening/writing/speaking).


Information for candidates: download the e-tef_canada candidate handbook OR the TEF Canada candidate handbook

The TEF Canada consists of 4 modules: listening, speaking, reading and/or writing.

  • Compréhension écrite : 60 minutes – 50 questions – 300 points.
  • Compréhension orale : 40 minutes – 60 questions – 360 points.
  • Expression écrite : 60 minutes – 2 sujets à traiter – 450 points.
  • Expression orale : 15 minutes – 2 sujets à traiter – 450 points.

Examination rules and regulations

Candidates must check in with the supervisor of the official TEF centre or the invigilator(s) with their notification of schedule and your valid passport.

After the identity check, the head of the official TEF centre or the invigilator(s) will take an identification picture of each candidate and direct them to their assigned seats in the examination room.

Each table will be equipped with: a guide to the answer sheet on which will appear the candidate’s name, date of birth and candidate ID number; an answer sheet.

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.

Draft or spare paper is not permitted.

During the entire multiple choice questions part of the test (approximately 1 hour 40 minutes), no exits will be permitted. During the entire written expression examination (1 hour), 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 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 of time that will be determined by the CCI Paris Ile de France.


An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate. Each certificate is detailed and personalised. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained, the level of proficiency reached as well as a commentary of the skills in general French.

Academic degrees are not required to take the TEF Canada. Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 60 days between two exam sessions.

The TEF Canada is available in two versions:

  • e-TEF Canada: computer-based version of the reading and listening modules; limited number of candidates. Basic computer skills are required for the e-TEF Canada (use of mouse). Any request for special accommodations must be made upon registration, and must be supported by documentary evidence (i.e. a doctor’s note mentioning the nature of the disability as well as the required accommodations). If you have any question or concern, contact us at certifications@af.ca or call us at 613-234-9470 #221.
  • Paper-based TEF Canada: reading, listening and writing modules; limited number of candidates. Note: paper-based TEF no longer offered at AF Ottawa as of January 2017.


PLEASE NOTE: the e-TEF Canada is not an online test; it is only available at the location of an exam centre.