Covid-19 information


Starting January 2019, the Alliance francaise san francisco no longer offers the tEf canada.  however, we do offer the TCF CAnada.

A partir de janvier 2019, nous proposons le TCF Canada a la place du TEF Canada. 

The TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. It’s created by  the French Language Centre of the CCI Paris Ile-de- France,

We only offer the TEF  Canada, to Immigrate to Canada and to obtain the Canadian citizenship. 

How is the TEF Graded?

Correspondance niveaux TEF/CECR/NCLC
TEF 0+
CECR (Common European Framework for Languages) A1
NCLC (Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens or Canadian Language Benchmarks) 0

How is the test composed? 

Compulsory sections: total 900 

1 test in 5 parts:

• Reading Comprehension 60 min – 50 items – 300 points
• Written Expression 60 min – 2 topics to complete – 450 points

• Listening Comprehension 40 min – 60 items – 360 points
• Oral Expression 15 min – 2 topics to complete – 450 points

• (Vocabulary and Structures 30 min – 40 items – 240 points) not for TEF Canada

Details about the exam 

More information:

What are the requirements? 

No prior degree is required to take the exam. The candidate must be 16 years and up.

What are the different levels? 

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 ). This scale refers to:

• 6 skill levels A1 to C2 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe
• 12 Canadian Language Benchmarks (NCLC-niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens).

Next session(s) 

Nous proposons desormais le TCF Canada a la place du TEF. 

Instructions for the picture

one photo (click here for instructions from our sister FIAF in New York)


We offer only a global registration for all sections.

Exam Redgistration  Exam Redgistration 

How/ when Will I receive my results? 

After the test and after correction of tests, a certificate of results, which is valid for one year, is mailed to the exam center. It shows the scores on each section. Please allow minimum 2 months between your exam and your interview at the embassy or consulate.

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.

Can I take the test again? 

If desired, the candidate may take the test as much as he/she wants. However, a two-month waiting period is required between two successive sessions.
Please note that in case you need to retake the test you will have to do all the exams again as all the results need to appear on the same document.

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