TCF: TCF Certificates General Public and Quebec
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TCF (French Language Achievement Test) is a linguistic achievement
test intended for members of the general public who are not French
speakers and who wish, for professional or private reasons, to
certify their achievement level in French.
The scores obtained on the TCF are ranked into
- Level 1: Elementary (basic)
- Level 2: Advanced Elementary
- Level 3: Intermediate
- Level 4: Advanced Intermediate
- Level 5: Advanced
- Level 6: High Advanced
Each test result level entitles the student
to receive a level confirmation certificate.
TCF General Public
The TCF for the general public is comprised of
3 mandatory examinations in the form of
80 multiple-choice questions and 2 additional
tests used to assess levels of oral and written
expression. The questions are formulated based on an increasing
scale of difficulty.
The General Public TCF
(mandatory exams + additional tests) is also required by
most French universities for the admission of foreign
students into the various courses of study (schools).
Before registering at one of our examination
centres, please check with your university to determine its
requirements: General Public TCF, Full General Public TCF, General
Public TCF with Oral Expression or General Public TCF with Written
N.B. French universities often
require Level 4, the Advanced Intermediate level.
mandatory tests: 1 h 30 min
oral expression : 15 min
written expression : 1 h 45 min
Any non French-speaking person who wishes to
do so, for professional or personal reasons, may certify their
achievement level in French.
TCF for DAP (Application for
TCF examinations for DAP last 3 hours.
The first test includes
assessments of achievement in oral comprehension,
grammar/vocabulary and written expression.
The second test evaluates skills in written
expression, with two exercises: a 200-word minimum
commentary on numerical data, and a 300-word minimum persuasive
first exercice : 1 h 30 min
seconde exercice : 1 h 30 min
If you wish to register for an
undergraduate course in France ("Licence 1" or "Licence 2") or enrol in
a school of architecture, and you do not hold a DELF B2 or
DALF, you will have to sit for the TCF for Application for Pre-Admission ("TCF
Quebec TCF (for immigration to Quebec)
As of 16th October 2006, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration and
Cultural Communities (MICC) has required that anyone submitting an
application to immigrate to Quebec justify their level of achievement
in French by taking the "TCF for Quebec".
The TCF for Quebec consists of 2 tests:
oral comprehension (30 min.) and oral expression (15 min.).
oral comprehension : 30 min
oral expression : 15 min
This test is exclusively restricted to persons filing an
immigration application with a Quebec immigration office or at a Quebec
TCF for ANF
Since 1st January 2012, candidates for French
citizenship must provide proof of their oral competence in French in
the areas of “listening”, “taking part in a conversation” and
“expressing oneself steadily”, at the B1 level of the Common
European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
For that purpose, and in order to fulfil that requirement, the
CIEP has designed a new category for the TCF (Test of Competence in
French) to be used to assess candidates’ competence specifically in
French listening comprehension and oral expression: the TCF
for Application for French Citizenship (TCF ANF). The
Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe is a test centre for this
form of the test.
The “TCF for Application for French
Citizenship” (TCF ANF) is comprised of two mandatory sections:
Oral comprehension (30 questions): 30 minutes.
Oral expression (a personal interview with an examiner) (6 questions): 15 minutes.
The passing certificate from the “TCF for
Application for French Citizenship” is valid only as part of an
application to obtain French citizenship by marriage or
naturalisation and will only be accepted if you achieve a level
equal to or higher than B1
of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
The passing certificate also must be currently valid (2
years from the date of issue by the CIEP)
to enable you to complete your citizenship application.
You may not use this certificate, for example, to apply for
admission to a French university or as part of an application for
immigration to Quebec.
Please note that people who have
passed the DELF B1 and B2 exams, as well as those passing the DALF
C1 and C2, are exempt from having to sit for this test. Those who
have a currently valid certificate, either for the
TCF for Quebec, or for the so-called TCF
for the general public, with a passing result on the oral expression
section and attesting to a B1 level or higher on both the
oral comprehension and oral expression sections, are likewise exempt
from having to pass the special category of the TCF for
Application for French Citizenship.
information on the
CIEP web site
information on the
ministère de l'interieur français web site