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What is TEF examination?

Created in 1998 by the French Language Centre of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, the TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French.

The TEF is mostly useful for:

  • Obtaining the French or Swiss nationality (TEF Naturalisation)
  • Immigrating to Canada and obtaining Canadian citizenship (TEF Canada)
  • Immigrating to Québec (TEFAQ )
  • Obtaining the French residency card (TEF Résidence)
  • Attesting your French skills for academics and employment

The TEF is evolving starting from Monday, December 11, 2023.

The written comprehension, oral comprehension, and vocabulary and structure sections of the TEF, as well as its variants TEF Canada and TEFAQ, will be updated starting Monday, December 11, 2023. 

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For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has recognized the TEF for these purposes since 2002. The TEF format that applies to these procedures is TEF Canada.

How do I register?

Please contact us


0805 323 3579

20 Herbert Macauley Street / Amadi Flats / Old GRA / Port Harcourt / Rivers State / Nigeria

TEF CANADA 2024 Calendar

Provisional TEF exam dates for 2024

Registration deadlines

4 July

26 June

9 July

1 July

3 September

26 August

10 September

2 September

19 September

11 September

3 October

25 September

10 October

2 October

22 October

14 October

5 November

28 October

12 November

4 November

19 November

11 November

3 December

25 November

17 December

9 December

How much cost the tef exam ?


 Af Students*Regular
TEF CanadaN 600,000N 700,000
Other TEF
– TEFAQ (CO & EO)N 350,000
– TEF I.R.N.N 700,000
– TEF other purposes (per test)N 200,000

*Af Student price : eligibility after 180 hours of study with Alliances Françaises / Institut français, in Nigeria, in the pasted 12 months before the test (Attestation of registration is needed)

*Terms and conditions apply & prices and dates may be reviewed without notice

The results are valid for two years.

Is TEF exam difficult?

The TEF exam requires a certain level if you really want it to be useful for you.

You must take the following tests :

  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
    • Aim: To assess your ability to understand spoken French by listening to audio clips
    • Format: Multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ)
    • Scale : There are 2, 4, or 5 answer choices for each question, but only one answer is correct.
  • Written comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions
    • Aim: To assess your ability to read and understand written documents
    • Format: Multiple-choice questionnaire (MCQ)
      There are 4 answer choices  for each question, but only one answer is correct.
    • Scale: You can move back and forth between the questions on the computer.
  • Oral expression: 15 min – 2 topics to cover
    • Aim: To assess your ability to communicate orally with another person
    • Format: The test will be conducted in person and will consist of two sections
      • SECTION A – Obtaining information (5 minutes)
      • SECTION B – Making a case to convince someone (10 minutes)
  • Written expression: 60 min – 2 topics to cover
    • Aim: To assess your ability to express yourself in French in writing
    • Format: Both sections, A and B, must be completed.
      • SECTION A – Write the next part of an article (at least 80 words)
      • SECTION B – Express and justify your point of view (at least 200 words)
    • The written expression test takes place on a computer. It is then corrected by 2 completely independent evaluators.

That is why you must be already have a certain level in French when you prepare this exam.

For that you can learn french with us by registering into our various programmes

(Reach B2 Level in 9 monthOnline classesprivate classes, TEF preparation classes)

The oral & writing comprehension is a multiple choice test.

Oral expression & Written expression, If you practice enough dictation, and reading it must be easy for you to get a good score.

How should I prepare?

To prepare for the TEF, several options are avalaible:

  • Register to the special preparatory class at Alliance Française Port Harcourt (available online or in our premises)
  • Buy a book available at the Alliance Française Port Harcourt (TEF (test d’évaluation de français) – 250 activités // Publisher: CLE International)

How does the examination unfold?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

For the Listening and Reading tests, as well as Vocabulary and Structure, only one answer is possible. Each correct answer earns one point and giving a wrong answer does not penalize.

The total points obtained for the good answers does not correspond to the final score. It is converted into a calibrated score which takes into account the differences in difficulty of the questions that make up the test.

The Speaking and Writing tests are assessed by two examiners using a standardized assessment grid. The result of these two evaluations is also converted into a calibrated score.

To find out your Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score, please refer to the correspondence table.

You can retake the test as many times as you wish.

However, a one-month waiting period is required between two consecutive sittings.

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