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The Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) is a test of general French, recognised as an official proof of language proficiency by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency applications.
Following the Ontario guidelines and to keep our community as safe as possible, everyone attending tests and exams at Alliance Française Ottawa will need to be fully vaccinated.
Effective November 1st 2021, candidates will need to show either physical paper copies of their vaccine passport, or a PDF/digital copy of their record showing that 14 days have elapsed since the second vaccine was administered. Photo ID will also be required.
Candidates without proof of vaccination will not be allowed in the examination room.
The TCF Canada is conducted electronically for those who require special accomodations.
No prior qualification is required to take the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.
Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 30 days between two exam sessions.
The objective of the TCF Canada is to evaluate your French skills on a scale of 6 levels. This scale corresponds to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The TCF Canada consists of 4 modules designed to evaluate your level of proficiency in both oral and written skills:
Listening: 35 min – 39 questions
Reading: 60 min – 39 questions
Speaking: 12 min – 3 subjects to be covered
Writing: 60 min – 3 mandatory topics to be covered
An official certificate of results will be delivered to the candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test, showing the score obtained for each module.
The results are valid for two years.
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|4 mandatory modules:
LISTENING + SPEAKING + READING + WRITTING
Make sure your registration for TCF Canada is best suited to your situation, and confirm which modules you must take. 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-234-9470.
In order to take the computer based eTCF reading, listening and writing tests, you must have basic knowledge of computer skills (read on a screen, use a mouse pad and a key board). 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 email@example.com or by phone at 613-234-9470.
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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 IDENTIFICATION 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 direct the candidates to their assigned seats in the examination room.
Exams are camputer-based. Candidates must leave their piece of ID visibly on the table at any time 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.
Communication amongst candidates or the outside will not be permitted during the test.
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 and will be banned from taking the test for a period that will be determined by the France Éducation international.