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.

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.

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

More information on the TCF for Québec


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.

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

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.

More information on the General TCF


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.

Please note:
We only accept candidates who have already submitted a “Preliminary Admission Application” with the French Embassy in Belgium. To request this, please go to the website of the French Embassy in Belgium.

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)

More information on the TCF DAP

Calendar 2018

Session Type of TCF Date of exam Deadling for enrolment
January General TCF 23 January 12 January
TCF ANF / TCF Quebec 20 January
February General TCF 20 February 9 February
TCF ANF / TCF Quebec 22 February
March General TCF 29 March 23 February
TCF ANF / TCF Quebec 26 March
April General TCF 26 April 23 March
TCF ANF / TCF Quebec 23 April
May - no date in May -
TCF ANF / TCF Quebec 5 June 14 May
General TCF 7 June
July TCF ANF / General TCF 17 July 18 June
TCF Quebec 18 July
TCF Quebec 29 August 27 July
TCF ANF / TCF Tout public 30 August
September TCF ANF / TCF Tout public 25 September 24 August
TCF Quebec 27 September 30 August
October TCF Quebec 23 October 24 September
TCF ANF / TCF Tout public 25 October 26 September

Other test dates will be communicated soon.

The individual oral examination will take place the same day as the collective written examination: if you do the written exam on the morning, the oral one will take place on the afternoon - and vice versa.

The results will be communicated three weeks after the exam, at the latest.


TCF Québec: €200
TCF ANF: €135
General  TCF: €200
TCF DAP: €165


Do not delay, there is a limited number of places per session!

Option 1 | Enrol online

You can enrol through our online enrolment platform. Please note that some dates are not available online. If you wish to enrol for one of those dates, please contact us by email or come and visit us.


Option 2 | Enrol at reception

You can also enrol directly at the reception of the Alliance Française Bruxelles-Europe. Remember to bring an identity document (identity card or passport).


For further information, please contact us at examens(at)

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.

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

* 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).