The Test d’Évaluation de Français adapté au Québec (TEFaq) is a test of general French which assesses the level of proficiency in French in oral comprehension and oral expression.

The TEFaq is recognised as official proof of language proficiency by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec for Certificat de Sélection du Québec applications as well as Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) for Canadian citizenship applications.

Candidates also have the possibility to assess their skills in written comprehension and written expression.

Level of proficiency

The TEFaq 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 échelle québécoise de niveaux de compétence en français des personnes immigrantes adultes (EQNCF).

Candidate profile

The TEFaq is intended for adults (16 +) wishing to assess their level of proficiency in French and can be used for the purpose of immigration to the province of Québec (application for the Certificat de Sélection du Québec).


The TEFaq assesses the candidate’s level of proficiency using a 7 level scale. These levels are described in detail for each skill assessed.

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-tefaq candidate handbook OR the  TEFaq candidate handbook.

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

  • Compréhension orale (listening): 40 minutes – 60 questions – 360 points
  • Expression orale (speaking): 15 minutes – 2 topics – 450 points
  • Compréhension écrite (reading) : 60 minutes – 50 questions – 300 points
  • Expression écrite (writing) : 60 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 TEFaq. Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 60 days between two exam sessions.


The TEFaq is available in two versions:

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

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