TEF Naturalisation

The TEF pour la naturalisation is a test of general French which assesses the level of proficiency in French in oral comprehension and oral expression.

The TEF pour la naturalisation can be used for citizenship application with the French government.

Level of proficiency

The TEF pour la naturalisation assesses the candidate’s proficiency in French using a 7 level scale based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

Candidate Profile

The TEF pour la naturalisation is directed specifically at candidates wishing to assess their level of proficiency in French in oral comprehension and oral expression for citizenship with the French government.


The TEF pour la naturalisation assesses the candidate’s level of proficiency in oral comprehension and oral expression using a 7 level scale. These levels are described in detail for both skills.

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.


Information for candidates: download The e-TEF naturalisation handbook OR the TEF candidate handbook.

The TEF pour la naturalisation consists of 2 compulsory modules: listening and speaking.

  • Compréhension orale (listening): 40 minutes – 60 questions – 360 points
  • Expression orale (speaking): 15 minutes – 2 topics – 450 points.


An official certificate of results will be emailed 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 pour la naturalisation. Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 60 days between two exam sessions.


The TEF pour la naturalisation is available in two versions:

  • e-TEF Naturalisation: computer-based version of the reading and listening modules; limited number of candidates. Basic computer skills are required for the e-TEF Naturalisation (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 Naturalisation: reading, listening and writing modules; limited number of candidates. Note: paper-based TEF Naturalisation no longer offered at AF Ottawa as of January 2017.

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

Dernière mise à jour 27fev2017
TEF février 2017.