The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF), designed by  France Education International and accredited by the French Ministry of Education, is a French language proficiency test for non-native speakers of French who wish to evaluate and have their level of proficiency certified for professional, academic or personal reasons.

The TCF grades and ranks candidates at one of the six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 or C2) on a scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). TCF grade results are reliable measurements for determining proficiency.

Each candidate is provided with a certificate stating their test results within two to three weeks of the test date, and which is valid for 2 years.

Different TCF are offered to respond to different objectives.

Please be aware that we cannot advise on your specific needs when it comes to exam choice. You’ll need to contact the school you want to apply in or the immigration service you are in contact with.

For more information visit the France Education International's website.

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There are different reasons why to take the TCF:

The TCF is a multiple-choice test with 80 items that cover reading comprehension, command of grammatical structures and listening comprehension (duration: 1h30). It also includes optional tests for written (1h00) and oral expressions (15 minutes).

The TCF has a three-part compulsory tests with two optional tests:

  • Compulsory tests: listening comprehension, language structures, reading comprehension (1h30).
  • Optional tests: oral expression (12 minutes), written expression (A 60-minute-long writing task, composed of 3 exercises.
  • More details and Test Preparation.

This test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Test pour la demande d’admission préalable / preliminary admission application

If you wish to apply, in France, as a first year undergraduate (L1) or as an architecture school student and you do not have the DELF B2 or DALF, you must apply for a TCF specific to the preliminary admission application, called “TCF for DAP”.

This test is composed of a listening comprehension, language structures, reading comprehension test (1H30) and a 1h00 written expression test.

This test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Candidates who wish to emigrate and work in Québec, Canada can choose to present a TCF.

Your TCF for Québec certificate is only valid for your emigration application. You cannot use it for example for admission to a French university.

This test is similar to TCF Canada, but parts can be taken individually which not the case for TCF Canada. The test is comprised of four parts:

  • Oral Comprehension (35 min)
  • Written Comprehension (60 min)
  • Oral Expression (12 min)
  • Written Expression (60 min)

Each part of the test can be taken individually.

Except for the oral expression part, this test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

TCF Canada was specifically created in response to the standards of the IRCC (Immigration, réfugiés et citoyenneté Canada).

The TCF Canada is a 3h00 test, all parts are mandatory.

Except for the oral expression part, this test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

Test de Connaissance du Français Intégration, Résidence & Nationalité

TCF IRN is intended for any foreign person over 16 years old wishing to validate their level of French to an application for French nationality, an application for a long-term resident card, or validation of level A1 as part of the OFIL citizen course.

Your certificate of “TCF pour l’accès à la nationalité française” is only valid to complete a request for French nationality acquisition. You cannot use it for admission to a French university or to complete your request for emigration to Québec.

TCF IRN are composed of 4 mandatory tests:

  • Listening comprehension (2o questions – 15 minutes)
  • Written comprehension (20 questions- 20 minutes)
  • Written expression (3 exercises- 30 minutes)
  • Oral expression (3 questions – 10 minutes with an evaluator)

Except for the oral expression part, this test is offered on a computer. In case of handicap, contact us in advance to arrange for needed adaptations.

More details and Test Preparation

Examination procedure will be in accordance to Michigan government recommendations for covid-19. Exam Center may change or cancel exam date in case of increasing risks . Please read our safety measures.

Registration requires two steps:

(We have some limited flexibility with the exam dates, do not hesitate to call and check with us.)

  • June 06, 2022 (TCF Canada)
  • June 10, 2022 (TCF INR, TP, Qc)
  • Aug 04, 2022 (TCFCanada, INR, Qc, TP)
  • Sep 08, 2022 (TCFCanada, INR, Qc, TP)
  • Oct 20, 2022 (TCFCanada, INR, Qc, TP)
  • Nov 10, 2022 (TCFCanada, INR, Qc, TP)
  • Dec 05, 2022 (TCFCanada, INR, Qc, TP)

  • May 30, 2022
  • June 02, 2022
  • July 27, 2022
  • Sep 01, 2022
  • Oct 12, 2022
  • Nov o3, 2022
  • Nov 27, 2022

Although no class specifically prepares for the TCF, any course will help your comprehension and conversation skills. Please contact us if you need advice on the course(s) you may need.

Free sample tests are available on the following website: www.france-education-international.fr 

You can practice for the test online with TV5 and  with Radio France Internationale 

Here is an opton for an online preparation for TCF Canada. Here is a book that can help to be prepared  https://tcf.didierfle.com/

More information on TCF: download a concise Manuel du candidat.