The TEF is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. 

Awarded by the CCIP (Paris Chamber of Commerce), this exam is often required to be admitted into universities and is recognized by the Federal government of Canada as a proof of fluency in immigration procedures.

  • No prior degree is required to sit the exam
  • Conducted electronically (computer-based)
  • Use a scale of 7 levels that range from A1.1 level ( beginner ) to C2 ( complete control )
  • The candidate must be 16 years old and up
  • Valid for two years

More information on the website of the CCI Paris.

Calendar 2024

Upcoming Dates:

  • Friday 07 June                  ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 24 May
  • Friday 05 July                ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 21 June
  • Friday 02 August            ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 19 July
  • Friday 06 September       ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 23 August
  • Friday 04 October          ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 20 September
  • Friday 01 November       ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 18 October
  • Friday 29 November       ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 15November

Previous dates 2024:

  • Vendredi 12 janvier           ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 5 January
  • Friday 09 February            ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 19 January
  • Friday 01st March             ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 16 February
  • Thursday 05 April              ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 22 March
  • Friday 03 May                  ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 19 April

Enrolment process

Before enrolling, you must read and understand the conditions of enrolment.

  1. Fill in the TEF registration form.
  2. Provide a copy of ID (driving license or passport).
  3. Send everything by email to (or bring all documents to our office).
  4. Make your payment by clicking on the prices below or come at our office.

  • TEF for French Nationality (TEF Intégration, Résidence, Nationalité)
  • TEF for immigration to Canada (TEF Canada) for immigration
    • or for Canadian nationality
  • TEF for immigration to Quebec (TEFAQ) for main applicant
    • or for eligible
  • TEF Tout Public
    • Plus optional sections:
      • TEF Tout Public + written expression
      • TEF Tout Public + oral expression
      • TEF Tout Public + oral expression + written expression

Before enrolling please note:

  • No refund or rescheduling will be granted passed the registration deadline.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the candidate to ensure that he/she is registered for the appropriate exam. The Alliance Française Auckland and its employees cannot be held responsible for the choices made by the candidate

FAQ about the TEF

How long does it take to reach the intermediate level (B1) if I never learnt French before?
According to the CECRL, it usually takes between 350 and 400 hours of learning. The fastest way to reach this level with Alliance Française Auckland is to take private lessons.

How can I prepare for this test ?
The best way to get ready for this exam is to take our general French programs.
Also follow related instructions on the CCI Website.

How long does it take to take the exam?
Between 2 and 4 hours, depending on if you are attending the writing production and the oral production exams.

How many times can I attend this test ?
If desired, the candidate may take the test as much as he/she wants. However, a 60 days waiting period is required between two successive sessions.  

What does happen after I took the test ?
After the test and its correction, a certificate of results, showing the score of each section, is mailed to the applicant. Usually, the candidates receive their certificates between 3 and 6 weeks after attending their test.

How long is the TEF certificate valid ?
Two years.