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TEF Naturalisation

Test d’Evaluation de Français pour la naturalisation


tef naturalisation

The TEF Naturalisation assesses the level of proficiency in French in listening and speaking for anyone applying for French citizenship.

The TEF Naturalisation is recognized by the French Interior Ministry and is essential for anyone requesting French citizenship.

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What does the test include

The listening test 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 6 competency levels, A1 to C2, of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR).

The TEF Naturalisation consists of two compulsory modules that must be taken together:

  • Reading: MCQ computer-based – 35 questions – 45 min
  • Listening: MCQ computer-based – 35 questions – 25 min
  • Writting: computer-based – Evaluation by Le français des affaires, 1 activity, 30 min
  • Speaking: 1 examiner (mandatory recording) + 2nd Evaluation by Le français des affaires, 1 activity, 10 min

Calendar

Our exam center will be closed from July 17 until August 5.

Registration fees

TEF Naturalisation
4 compulsory and indivisible modules:


LISTENING + SPEAKING + READING + WRITTING

$320.00

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 60 days.
  • 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 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).

How to enroll?

Choose the right test

Make sure the TEF Naturalisation is the right test for your situation. 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.

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Online registration only

Required document for registration:

  • A valid piece of identification: Permanent residency = passport only; citizenship = passport, permanent resident card or driver’s license

How to enroll:

To sign up, create an account by clicking on https://afottawa.extranet-aec.com/students/register

If you already have an account, click on https://afottawa.extranet-aec.com/students/login

Click on « Exams » to select:

  • A date for TEF Canada Permanent Residency (4 mandatory tests) / Citizenship (2 mandatory tests)
  • For TEFaq, choose the required tests for the same date

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.


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 at info@af.ca or by phone at 613-234-9470.

Computer Based examination (eTEF): ability to use computer

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 keyboard). 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 info@af.ca or by phone at 613-234-9470.

GENERAL SALES CONDITIONS

Getting ready

To get ready for the test, Alliance Française Ottawa offers:

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 PASSPORT 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 listening test 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.

After the test

  • An official certificate of results will be sent by email from 4 to 8 weeks after the test.
  • If you need a duplicate of your certificate, order it directly on this website