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TEST DE CONNAISSANCE DU FRANÇAIS POUR LE CANADA


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The TCF (test des connaissances du français) 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).

If you want to immigrate or continue your studies in French educational institutions, take the TCF. Results are valid for two years.

TCF preparation

Alliance Française Ottawa offers 5 TCF versions :

TCF Canada, TCF Québec, TCF Tout Public, TCF ANF, TCF DAP


CHOOSE YOUR TEST :

TCF Canada

TCF Canada

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.


What does the test include?

The written and oral comprehension and written expression tests will be conducted exclusively on computer.
It is possible to take the test several times, provided that there is a minimum of thirty (30) days between registrations.

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:

Oral comprehension: 35 min – 39 questions

Written comprehension: 60 min – 39 questions

Oral expression: 12 min – 3 subjects to be covered

Written expression: 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.


The TCF Canada enables points to be obtained in accordance with the following scale:

NCLC SPEAKING LISTENING READING WRITING
10 and more C1-C2 16-20 549-699 549-699 C1-C2 16-20
9 C1 14-15 523-548 524-548 C1 14-15
8 B2 12-13 503-522 499-523 B2 12-13
7 B2 10-11 458-502 453-498 B2 10-11
6 B1 7-8-9 398-457 406-452 B1 7-8-9
5 B1 6 369-397 375-405 B1 6
4 A2 4-5 331-368 342-374 A2 4-5

Registration Fees:

TCF CANADA
4 mandatory modules:

ORAL COMPREHENSION + ORAL EXPRESSION + WRITTEN COMPREHENSION + WRITTEN EXPRESSION

$350

Oral comprehension, written comprehension, written expression: computer-based.


Choose your test:

TCF Québec

TCF Québec

The Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCF Québec) is a test of proficiency in general French specially designed to be consistent with the standards of the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI) du Québec. It is only intended for people wishing to settle in Québec (Certificat de Sélection du Québec).


What does the test include?

The TCF Québec is available in a camputer-based version.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of one month between two exam sessions.

The TCF Québec evaluate the French skills on a scale with six levels (from A1 to C2) established by the the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR)

The TCF Québec consists of 4 modules to evaluate your level of proficiency in oral and written skills:

  • Oral comprehension: 25 min – 29 questions
  • Written comprehension: 45 min – 29 questions
  • Written expression: 60 min – 3 topics
  • Oral expression: 12 min – 3 topics

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained. The results are valid for two years.


The TCF Canada enables points to be obtained in accordance with the following scale:

Main applicant
Maximum of 16 points
A1 to B1 B2 C1 C2
ORAL COMPREHENSION 25 min O point 5 points 6 points 7 points
ORAL EXPRESSION 12 min O point 5 points 6 points 7 points
WRITTEN COMPREHENSION 45 min O point 1 point
WRITTEN EXPRESSION 1h O point 1 point
Spouse of main applicant
Maximum of 6 points
A1 to B1 B2 C1 C2
ORAL COMPREHENSION 45 min O point 2 points 3 points 3 points
ORAL EXPRESSION 12 min O point 2 points 3 points 3 points

Registration Fees:

TCF Québec
ORAL COMPREHENSION ORAL EXPRESSION WRITTEN COMPREHENSION WRITTEN EXPRESSION
$62.50 $112.50 $87.50 $87.50

Oral comprehension, written comprehension, written expression: computer-based.


Choose your test:

TCF Tout Public

TCF Tout Public

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 the final year in undergraduate or postgraduate programs.

What does the test include?

The TCF is available in camputer-based version.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 1 (one) month between two exam sessions.

The TCF TP evaluate the French skills on a scale with six levels (from A1 to C2) established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The TCF TP is composed of:

three (3) compulsory modules:

  • Oral comprehension: 25 min – 29 questions
  • Language structures: 15 min – 18 items
  • Written comprehension: 45 min – 29 questions

Two optional modules:

  • Written expression: 60 min – 3 topics
  • Oral expression: 12 min – 3 topics

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained. The results are valid for two years.

For further information, please visit France Éducation international website.

The results are valid for 2 years.


Registration Fees:

TCF Tout Public

3 compulsory tests :

WRITTEN COMPREHENSION + ORAL COMPREHENSION + LANGUAGE STRUCTURES

WRITTEN EXPRESSION ORAL EXPRESSION
$147 $89 $114

Oral comprehension, written comprehension, written expression, language structures: computer-based.


Choose your test:

TCF - Integration, Permanent Residency and Citizenship

TCF IRN

The TCF IRN is intended for all foreigners over 16 years of age who wish to validate their level of French for :

  • An application for French nationality
  • An application for a long-term resident card;
  • A validation of the A1 level in the framework of the OFII citizen course.

The TCF Integration, Residence and Nationality (TCF IRN) meets the provisions:

Decree No. 2016-1456 of October 28, 2016 and the Order of February 21, 2018 of the Ministry of the Interior on the control of knowledge of the French language for applicants for the long-term resident card;

the decree of December 30, 2019 of the Ministry of the Interior concerning the control of the knowledge of the French language for applicants for the acquisition of French nationality.

The TCF IRN can also be used to validate the A1 level (OFII citizen course).


What does the test include?

The TCF is available in camputer-based version.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age.

Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of one (1) month between two exam sessions.

The TCF IRN is composed of 4 compulsory tests evaluating the competences in French as a general language:

  • Oral comprehension: 15 min – Group test – 20 questions
  • Written comprehension: 20 min – Group test – 20 questions
  • Written expression: 30 min – Group test – 3 exercises
  • Oral expression: 10 min – Individual test face to face with an examiner: 3 exercises

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained.

For further information, please visit France Éducation international website.

The results are valid for two years.


Registration Fees:

TCF ANF (Access to French Nationality)
WRITTEN COMPREHENSION + WRITTEN EXPRESSION + ORAL EXPRESSION + ORAL COMPREHENSION
$350

Only on request!

Please communicate with our reception desk by email : info@af.ca or by phone : 613-234-9470


TCF DAP

TCF DAP

Test de connaissance du français pour demande d’admission préalable. If you want to register in France for first or second-year undergraduate studies or for a school of architecture and you do not have the DELF B2 or DALF diploma, you must take the specific TCF test for the preliminary admission application, called “TCF pour la DAP”.


What does the test include?

The TCF DAP is available in camputer-based version.

No prior qualification is required to sit the exam. Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 1 (one) month between two exam sessions.

The TCF evaluate the French skills on a scale with six levels (from A1 to C2) established by the the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR) 

The TCF DAP is composed of four (4) modules:

  • Oral comprehension: 25 min – 29 questions
  • Written comprehension: 45 min – 29 questions
  • Written expression: 60 min – 3 topics
  • Language structures: 15 min – 18 items

An official certificate of results will be delivered to each candidate from 4 to 8 weeks after the test. For each module, the certificate will show the score obtained.

For further informations, please visit France Éducation international website.

The results are valid for two years.


Registration Fees:

TCF DAP (Demande d’Admission Préalable)
$230

Only on request!

Please communicate with our reception desk by email : info@af.ca or by phone : 613-234-9470


IMPORTANT

  • A non-refundable $75 fee will be charged in the event of cancellation or rescheduling before the registration deadline.
  • No refund or change of test date will be accepted if received after the registration deadline.
  • In case a candidate is not allowed to enter the exam room (for example a candidate without passport), fees will not be refunded and a new application will be required after one (1) month.
  • Payment must be made in full at the time of registration.
  • No refund or credit will be granted under any circumstances past the aforementioned deadlines, unless Alliance Française has to cancel a session of tests, in which case an alternative exam date will be offered, or a full refund will be granted.
  • An official notification including the tests schedule and a candidate guide will be sent by email to the candidate approximately 5 days before the test.
  • On the day of the exam, candidates must be available all day (8am-6pm).
  • Candidates may take the test several times, allowing a minimum of 30 days between two exam sessions.

 

How to enroll?

Choose the right test

Make sure the TCF you choose 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.

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.

Online registration only

TCF Canada, TCF Québec, TCF Tout Public :

Register online!

TCF DAP & TCF ANF:

Registrations are on demand.

Please contact us :

info@af.ca

or

613-234-9470


Special needs

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:

info@af.ca

or

613-234-9470.

Computer Based examination (eTCF Canada): ability to use a computer

TCF Canada & TCF Québec : written comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression are computer-based.

TCF TP & TCF DAP: written comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression and language structures are computer-based.

TCF ANF: Oral comprehension test is computer-based.

In order to take these computer-based 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:

info@af.ca

or

613-234-9470.

GENERAL SALES CONDITIONS

GETTING READY

For more information on the tests preparation, please check:

TCF preparation

Private classes

TV5Monde

Didier FLE

How do I prepare for TCF?

EXAMINATION DAY

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.

Oral comprehension, written comprehension and written expression are camputer-based only. 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.

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.

During the entirety of the exams, communication amongst candidates or the outside 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 that will be determined by the France Éducation international.

AFTER THE TEST

  • An official certificate of results will be available from 4 to 8 weeks after the test.
  • Alliance Française will contact the candidates as soon as the certificates of results are ready to be picked up in person during our office hours.
  • If you wish to receive your certificate of results by mail, please provide a pre-stamped envelope (31.8 cm x 24.1 cm / 12.5″x9.5″) with your full name, complete address and sufficient postage. Registered mail only (i.e. Priority™ or Xpresspost™). Collection of the certificate of results in person at the Alliance Française office: no return envelope necessary.
  • Please note that the official certificate of results is the only document that can be used for official purposes.
  • No duplicate of the certificate of results will be delivered.