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 2021

  • Friday 05 February         ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 22 January
  • Friday 05 March             ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 19 February
  • Thursday 01 April           ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 19 March
  • Friday 07 May               ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 24 April - SOLD OUT
  • Friday 14 May               ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 01 May
  • Friday 04 June               ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 21 May
  • Friday 02 July                  ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 18 June
  • Friday 30 July                ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 16 July
  • Friday 03 September       ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 20 August - POSTPONED
  • Friday 01 October           ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 17 September - POSTPONED
  • Friday 05 November       ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 22 October
  • Friday 03 December       ->    Enrolment Deadline: Friday 19 November

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 licence or passport).
  3. Send everything by email to with in copy                                  (or bring all documents to our office).
  4. Make your payment by clicking on the prices below, over the phone or at our office.

- TEF for French Nationality (TEF ANF) -

- TEF for immigration to Canada (TEF Canada) for immigration - $500
or for Canadian nationality - $400

- TEF for immigration to Quebec (TEFAQ) for main applicant - $500
 or for eligible - $400

- TEF Tout Public$500
         plus optional sections:  • TEF Tout Public + written expression -
                                            • TEF Tout Public + oral 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 takes 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.