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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 recognized as an official proof of language proficiency by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency applications and Canadian citizenship applications.
The reading, listening and writing tests will be computer-based only.
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 30 days between two exam sessions.
The objective of the TEF is to evaluate your French skills on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic skills) to level 6 (complete fluency). This scale corresponds to:
The TEF Canada consists of 4 modules to evaluate your level of proficiency in oral and written skills:
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. Please refer to the NCLC credits equivalences.
The results are valid for two years.
The selection of modules used depend on the version of the TEF selected*:
|Type of request||Mandatory modules|
|Permanent residency||Listening + Reading + Speaking + Writing
in the same session
|Canadian citizenship||Listening + Speaking
in the same session
*Information given as an indicative reference only, subject to modifications by the Canadian immigration services without notice. It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to ensure that he/she is registered for the appropriate exam. The Alliance Française of Ottawa and its employees cannot be held responsible for the choices made by the candidate. Please contact the appropriate immigration authorities if you have any question or concern about your immigration application.
|TEF Canada (Permanent Residence)|
|TEF Canada (Citizenship)|
Make sure the TEF Canada is the right test for 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.
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To sign up, create an account by clicking on https://afottawa.extranet-aec.com/students/register
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IMPORTANT: Complete your file by saving your ID.
Online payment by credit card only
IMPORTANT: Verify the accuracy of the information on the registration form as they will appear on your certificate. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
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 TEF listening, reading 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.
To get ready for the test, Alliance Française Ottawa offers:
Candidates must check in with the supervisor of the official centre or the invigilator(s) with their notification of schedule and their valid piece of identification. CANDIDATES WITHOUT VALID PIECE OF 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 take an identification picture of each candidate and direct candidates to their assigned seats in the examination room.
The reading, listening and writing tests will be computer-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 CCI Paris-Ile De France.