TEF Exam

Created in 1998 by the French Language Centre of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, the TEF, orTest d’Evaluation de Français is a set of international benchmarks that test a person’s level of knowledge and skills in French.

Officially recognized since 2004 by the French Ministry of National Education, the TEF exam evaluates the French-language skills in writing and speaking of any foreign student applying for undergraduate enrollment in France and in Canada. It can also be used to certify a person’s level of French proficiency for work and during employee recruitment, as well as for internship/training or study abroad programs.

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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Exam Structure

The TEF consists of 5 modular tests:

  • Listening Comprehension: 40 min – 60 items
  • Reading Comprehension: 60 min – 50 items
  • Vocabulary & Structures: 30 min – 40 items
  • Written Expression: 60 min – 2 topics to complete
  • Oral Expression: 15 min – 2 topics to complete

According to the goals and the formalities you need to complete, you can choose to take any or all of the 5 tests listed above.

This test must be completed in a single session.
Please read this additional information:

Exam Dates

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 9 am-6 pm to take this test.

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How Is TEF Graded?

The tests are evaluated on a scale with 7 levels, from level 0 (most basic competencies) to level 6 (complete fluency). This scale relates to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and to the 12 levels of the Canadian Language Benchmarks.

Getting Your Certificate

You should receive your certificate by email 5 to 6 weeks after the test date. The certificate of results is valid for two years, and a candidate may take the test as often as he/she wants. However, a one-month waiting period is required between two successive tests.


Section Fees*
All Sections $450 L’Alliance Member/$485 Non-Member
Listening Comprehension $100 L’Alliance Member/$115 Non-Member
Reading Comprehension $100 L’Alliance Member /$115 Non-Member
Vocabulary and Structure $100 L’Alliance Member/ $115 Non-Member
Written Expression only $100 L’Alliance Member/$115 Non-Member
Oral Expression only $100 L’Alliance Member/$115 Non-Member

* Fees must be paid in full at the 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).


Registration Steps
1.) You submit your online form 2.) We make the payment 3.) You receive a confirmation email

First, please complete this online form:

TEF Registration Form

You will receive another email with your official notification, including precise exam times, 7 days before the exam.

Exam session transfers are subject to a $50 fee and are 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 repayment of 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 sent 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.

L’Alliance New York reserves the right to cancel a session if the number of candidates does not exceed 10 candidates. All registrations will be moved to the next session. L’Alliance reserves the right to cancel a session for inclement weather. All registrations will be moved to the next session.

If you are having issues with the online form, please use the registration form below and email it to languagecenter@lallianceny.org.

Paper Registration Form

Not sure if the TEF 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 IRN

Learn More About TEF Canada

Preparation Tips

The best way to get ready for this exam is to take private French lessons at L’Alliance New York. View information here.

We also have a preparation book and CD available for sale at the Language Center Office.

Additional information is available here.