TCF


Assess your standard with the French Language Test (TCF), rapid and official proof!
The TCF assesses your competence in French and places you on the scale of CEFR* levels. The result obtained in this test gives you a certificate of level valid for two years.

There are four types of TCF: the General TCF, TCF Québec, TCF DAP and TCF ANF. We organise several sessions each year for the General TCF, the TCF Québec and the TCF ANF; and one session for the TCF DAP.


TCF Québec

The TCF Québec is a test of linguistic standard in French, in line with the standards for the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) within the framework of an immigration application for Québec.

Who is it for?
This test is reserved for the exclusive use of candidates making an application in an immigration office or a General Delegation in Québec.

Examinations
This test involves four examinations:

  • Oral comprehension examination: 25 minutes
  • Written comprehension examination: 45 minutes
  • Oral expression examination: 12 minutes
  • Written expression examination: 1 hour

You are free to make your test up of the examination(s) that you wish to sit.

Calendar of sessions 2016

Session Date of exam Enrolment
Session 1 18 February closed
Session 2 12 May from 2 March to 15 April at midday
Session 3 20 October from 29 June to 16 September at midday

N.B.: these dates exclusively relate to the collective examinations.
The oral examination will take place the same week as the collective examination.
You will receive a notification two weeks before the dates of the collective examinations, at the latest.

When will I receive my results?
Your results will be available 4 to 5 weeks after the test, at the latest.

Tariffs
Oral comprehension examination: €70
Written comprehension examination: €30
Oral expression examination: €70
Written expression examination: €30
Complete TCF Québec: €195

More information on the TCF for Québec


TCF ANF

The TCF for Access to French Nationality (TCF ANF) was specifically designed for people applying for French nationality, for any request for French nationality through marriage or naturalisation. It enables the exclusive assessment of oral comprehension and expression in French. The TCF ANF certifies a B1 language level, in compliance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Who is it for?
For anyone wishing to apply for French nationality. You cannot use the TCF ANF to join a French university or to apply for immigration to Québec, for example.

Examinations
The TCF ANF includes 2 mandatory examinations: oral comprehension (25 minutes) and oral expression (12 minutes).

Calendar of sessions 2016

Session Date of exam Enrolment
Session 1 25 February closed
Session 2 19 May from 2 March to 15 April at midday
Session 3 27 October from 29 June to 16 September at midday

N.B.: these dates exclusively relate to the collective examinations.
The oral examination will take place the same week as the collective examination.
You will receive a notification two weeks before the dates of the collective examinations, at the latest.

When will I receive my results?
Your results will be available 4 to 5 weeks after the test, at the latest.

Tariff: €135

More information on the TCF ANF
More information on obtaining French nationality


General TCF

The General TCF allows the assessment of your standard of oral and written expression. The questions follow the principle of gradually increasing difficulty.

Who is it for?
For anyone wishing to assess their competence in French for personal, academic or professional purposes.

The full General TCF (mandatory + additional examinations) is required by most French universities to accept applications by foreign students in their various study departments (faculties). Please contact your university for information on its requirements before enrolling.

Mandatory examinations
Mandatory examinations last 1 hour 25 minutes and include 76 multiple choice questions, assessing your oral comprehension, your command of the language structure and your written comprehension.

Additional examinations
The additional examinations assess your standard of written and oral expression. The oral expression examination lasts 12 minutes and the written expression examination lasts 1 hour.

Calendar of sessions 2016

Session Date of exam Enrolment
Session 1 23 February closed
Session 2 17 May from 2 March to 15 April at midday
Session 3 25 October from 29 June to 16 September at midday

N.B.: these dates exclusively relate to the collective examinations.
The oral examination will take place the same week as the collective examination.
You will receive a notification two weeks before the dates of the collective examinations, at the latest.

When will I receive my results?
Your results will be available 4 to 5 weeks after the test, at the latest.

Tariffs
Mandatory examinations: €100
Additional oral expression examination: €50
Additional written expression examination: €50
Full General TCF: €195

More information on the General TCF


TCF DAP

The TCF for Preliminary Admission Application (TCF DAP) is for anyone having applied for preliminary admission to French Universities.

Who is it for?
For any person who does not hold a DELF B2 or a DALF, wishing to register for the first cycle of university (licence 1 or licence 2) in France or in a French architectural school. We only accept candidates who have already submitted a “Preliminary Admission Application” with the French Embassy in Belgium.

Examinations
The TCF DAP lasts 3 hours and includes 2 examinations:

  • an assessment of the standard of oral comprehension, grammar/vocabulary and written comprehension (1 hour 30 minutes)
  • an assessment of written expression skills with two exercises: a data commentary of at least 200 words and an argument of at least 300 words (1 hour 30 minutes)

Calendar 2016
Test date: 11 February 2016
Enrolments: from 25 November 2015 to 22 January 2016 at midday
N.B.: the number of places per session is limited.

When will I receive my results?
Your results will be available 4 to 5 weeks after the test, at the latest.

Tariff: €165

More information on the TCF DAP


Enrol!

Do not delay, there is a limited number of places per session! To enrol for the TCF of your choice, please contact us by email at the address: examens(at)alliancefr.be and send us:

1- The completed enrolment form

2- A copy of your identity card or your passport

3- A copy of an identity photograph meeting the specifications set out in our general conditions (only applies to the TCF Québec and the oral expression examination of the General TCF).***

You can also enrol directly at the reception of the Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe. Remember to bring an identity document (identity card or passport). After visiting reception, you must send us a confirmation to: examens(at)alliancefr.be, indicating your surname and first name, the date of your examination and your chosen examinations, this will ensure that your correct email address is registered.

After the final date for enrolment, a notification will be sent to you by email. If you have not received this notification two weeks before the examinations start, please contact us.

General Sales Conditions for the TCF

Your enrolment is deemed to be your acceptance of our general sales conditions which you are invited to consult.
 

* Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, this provides a common base for the design of programmes, diplomas and certificates. Three levels are defined: elementary (A1-A2), independent (B1-B2) and experienced (C1-C2).
**You can only enrol for the TCF DAP if you have already submitted a “Preliminary Admission Application” to the French Embassy in Belgium. To request this, please go to the website of the French Embassy in Belgium.
***Enrolments without photographs that comply with the specifications cannot be validated.



Prepare for the TCF!

The Centre international d’études pédagogiques - International Centre for Teaching Studies (CIEP) website offers a range of tools to familiarise yourself with the TCF and prepare yourself for the day of the test. More information