The Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF), designed by the CIEP (Centre international d’études pédagogiques) 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.

In general, 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 months of the test date, and is valid for 2 years.

Please consider the time period necessary to receive the certificate (around 2 months) if you want to apply for a school or immigration process.

Once received in our premises, we will send you a notification to come pick up your official test result, upon presentation of an official ID.  Documents are only kept one calendar month.

If you will not be able to come pick it up, we offer a shipping service at $25. We can only send the official documents via certified mail. Please pay for shipping at the time of exam registration if you would like this service.

We offer the following TCF Exams  please click on the exam to check if it's the right fit for your needs: 

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TCF TP/ all audiences

How is it composed?

Compulsory examinations

Optional examinations

Details about the exam 

Visit CIEP site for detailed information about TCF TP

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For TCF TP [ Tout Public/All Audiences ]: 

Compulsory test only (  Listening, and  Reading, including Proficiency in language structures)  : $160

Oral : $140

Written : $140

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For who ? 

As of January 1, 2012, persons wishing to acquire French nationality must attest to their level of spoken French.

TCF ANF (Test de Connaissance du Française pour l’accès à la nationalité française) can be used to meet this requirement.

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.

How is it composed?

The TCF ANF is composed of 2 compulsory sections:

Details about the exam

Plus d'informations sur le TCF ANF ( in French only)

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Full exam only : $180

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TCF Canada 

For who ? 

Any individual, regardless of his or her nationality and native language (including French citizens and citizens of Francophone countries), who would like to initiate the process for permanent economic immigration or for Canadian citizenship through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). There are no exemptions for the TCF Canada.

The TCF Canada is a test that has been approved by IRCC.

How is it composed?

The TCF Canada consists of four mandatory parts. It evaluates general French language proficiency in listening comprehension, reading comprehension, speaking and writing.

The levels correspond to the benchmarks specified by the European Framework for Language Learning, Teaching and Evaluation as well as the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB).

You need to take all 4 exams. 

Details about the exam

More informations about TCF Canada

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for TCF  Canada. 

All exams only : $ 460

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TCF Québec

For who ? 

The Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MICC) has required people submitting applications to immigrate to Quebec to provide proof of their level of competency in French by taking the "TCF pour le Québec", or TCF test for Quebec.

How is it composed?

The "TCF for Quebec" is comprised of 1 to 4 examinations.

We strongly recommend you to take all 4 examination so you can get more points.

Details about the exam

More informations about TCF Quebec

Plus d'informations sur le TCF Quebec 

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for TCF Québec 

Oral comprehension : $80

Reading : $80

Oral expression : $140

Writing : $140

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For who ? 

Test de Connaissance du Français pour la Demande d'Admission Préalable (TCF pour DAP), an official test awarded by the French Ministry of Education, is designed to assess your French competency. Take this test if you do not have the DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française) or advanced diploma in French language, as it is useful for preliminary admission to undergraduate university studies and school of Architecture in France.

If I want to submit an application for licence 2, licence 3, master 1, master 2, business school or college, you do not have to take the TCF for DAP, but you have to take the TCF (or   hold the DELF B2 , DALF C1 or DALF C2). In this case, you must apply for the TCF compulsory examinations (listening, language structures and reading). Depending on the establishment, it may require you to  take the optional TCF writing examination and possibly the speaking examination.

Please always contact EACH school you wish to apply to in advance and check their requirements.  We will not contact them for you. 

How is it composed?

The TCF for DAP lasts a total of 3 hours.

The first part (1 hour 25 minutes) is comprised of:

The other part (1 hour 30 minutes) is a writing examination (two exercises to tackle: analysis of a visual document of at least 200 words + an argumentation of at least 300 words).

Be careful! Your copy of the writing examination will not be marked if one or both of the exercises are not completed,if the minimum number of words for each exercise has not been followed, if one or both of the exercises are off-topic.

Next Session (s) : 

Registrations  are open until 45 days before the exam for this exam. 

 We need a minimum of 3 candidates to organize an exam session. If the minimum required number of candidates is not reached, we will offer you to register for the following session. 


 for TCF DAP

Full exam only : $340

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