Created in 1998 by the Paris Ile-de-France CCI, the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) is an international benchmark test that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French. Results are valid for two years.
The TEF is a modular test. Depending on your objective and the steps you take, you should register for the TEF version that includes the tests you need.
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For immigration and citizenship application procedures, the Federal Government of Canada requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French.
You must take the following tests for a Canadian immigration application:
Oral comprehension, written comprehension, oral expression, written expression.
In the framework of immigration procedures in Quebec, the Quebec Ministry for Immigration, Francisation and Integration (MIFI) requests proof of the applicants’ linguistic knowledge of French. For these procedures, it recognizes the TEF Québec (TEFAQ) examination.
The TEFAQ is also recognized by IRCC to apply for Canadian citizenship (more information on this page).
The TEF Naturalisation examination is recognised by the French Ministry for the Interior and is indispensable for anyone applying to the French/Suiss State for naturalisation as a French/Swiss citizen.
It is designed to measure the level of oral/written comprehension and oral/written expression in French.