TEF IRN Exam

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Created in 1998 by the French Language Centre of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French.

The TEF IRN, or Test d’Évaluation de Français – Integration, Residence and Nationality is intended for any foreign person over 16 years old wishing to validate their level of French for:

  • An application for French nationality
  • An application for a long-term resident card
  • Validation of level A1 as part of the OFFI citizen course

The goal of TEF is to evaluate the French skills of the candidate using a scale of 7 levels that range from 0+ level (basic skills) to level 6 (complete control). The results for the exam are valid for two years. A candidate may take the test as many times as he/she wants, however, a two-month waiting period is required between two successive tests.

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TEF IRN Exam

The TEF IRN is composed of 4 compulsory sections assessing skills in French as a general language (1 hour 15 min duration):

  • Listening comprehension computer-based collective test – 20 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, one correct answer) – 15 minutes
  • Reading comprehension computer-based collective test – 20 multiple-choice questions (4 answer choices, one correct answer) – 20 minutes
  • Written expression computer-based collective test – 3 exercises – 30 minutes
  • Oral expression individual face-to-face test with an examiner – 2 exercises – 10 minutes

The TEF IRN exclusively assesses language skills and not knowledge of French history, culture and society.

  • You must at least reach level A1 for each of the four sections to validate your citizen course.
  • You must obtain an A2 level for each of the four sections to validate your resident card application.
  • You must obtain a B1 level for each of the four sections to complete your nationality application.

L’Alliance New York is an official testing center as recognized by France Education International.

L’Alliance New York delivers your certificate on behalf of Le Français des Affaires. Your certificate of “TEF Integration, Residence and Nationality” is only valid to complete a request for the three goals listed above. You cannot use it for admission to a French university or to complete your request for emigration to Canada or Québec.

Read more information here.

Preparing for the TEF IRN

The best way to get ready for this exam is to take L’Alliance New York’s French language classes. In addition, Le Français des Affaires provides tutorial materials here.

TEF IRN Exam Schedule

Exam Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, August 23, 2024
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, September 20, 2024
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, September 10, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, October 18, 2024
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 8, 2024

Exam Date: Friday, November 15, 2024
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 5, 2024

Please be available between 9am and 6pm to take this test.

Venue
L’Alliance New York
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Please allow 5-6 weeks from the test date to receive your certificate. It will be mailed to you directly from Le Français des affaires, our partner. The certificate of results is valid for two years. A candidate may take the test as many times as he/she wants, however, a one-month waiting period is required between two successive tests.

Exam Registration

Please complete the online TEF Registration Form:

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If the online form does not work, please complete the paper registration form and return it to L’Alliance in person or by email. Once your form is received and you have made payment, you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive another email with your official notification including precise exam times 7 days before the exam.

L’Alliance New York
22 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Email: languagecenter@lallianceny.org

Test Fees:

Full test with all 4 sections
$350 L’Alliance Member / $385 Non-Member

Test with 2 sections (for Citizenship)
$265 L’Alliance Member / $280 Non-Member

Fees must be paid in full at time of registration and are non-refundable.

Please note there is a $5 administrative fee in addition to the exam fee.
Payment is made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express). You may pay over the phone at 646-388-6691.

Exam session transfers are subject to a $50 fee and only permitted before the Registration Deadline of your original exam session. Any candidate who submits a transfer request after this Registration Deadline is subject to repay the full exam fee. Participation can only be transferred to the next session (without penalty) in the case of sickness, provided that a doctor’s note is mailed (not via email) within three days of the original Exam Date. If you have registered for an exam and need to transfer to another session, please email languagecenter@lallianceny.org.

Not sure if the TEF IRN Exam is the right one for you? Check out our comparison of the three TEF exams available at L’Alliance New York.

TEF for Studies in France or in Canada or for Work (TEF) TEF for French Nationality / Residency Card (TEF IRN) TEF for Canada Immigration/Nationality (TEF Canada)

Take this exam in order to study in France or in Canada, or to certify your level of French for work

Take this exam in order to obtain your French or Swiss citizenship, or French resident card

Take this exam in order to immigrate to Canada or for Canadian citizenship

Compulsory Section

Listening Comprehension

Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary and Structures

Written Expression

Compulsory Section

Reading Comprehension

Listening Comprehension

Written Expression

Oral Expression

Compulsory Section for Canadian Immigration

Reading Comprehension

Listening Comprehension

Written Expression

Oral Expression

Compulsory Section for Canadian Nationality

Listening Comprehension

Oral Expression

Learn More About TEF

Learn More About TEF Canada

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