TEF Canada French Language Test/ Exam
Updated: Aug 4
What is TEF?
Awarded by CCI Paris, TEF the Test d’Evaluation de Français (TEF) is a general international level benchmark exam that test the fluency in French for non-native speakers. It was started in 1998 CCIP. For Canadian citizenship and permanent residence it is a proof of language ability by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It measures the candidate French knowledge through a 7- level scale.
The world second largest country Canada has earned a reputation as an attractive destination for immigration to start a life and also offers simple path to citizenship. According to the immigration level plan for 2020-2023 the country announced to welcome over 1.2 million permanent residents.
The TEF exam is a proof of language ability for Canadian citizenship applications and permanent residence. The exam is accepted by Canadian government for various Provincial Nominee Programs(PNPs), start-up visa program, and applying as a self-employed worker.
The exam helps –
In getting Canadian citizenship and becoming a permanent resident
For applying as a self-employed worker
In being a part of start-up visa program
In being a part of various PNPs (provincial nominee programs
In earning up to 50 extra point for French language
Valid for 2 years from the date of test result
TEF exam structure
The test comprises four modules –listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Written comprehension (Reading): 60 minutes — 50 questions
Written expression (Writing): 60 minutes — 2 topics
Oral comprehension (Listening): 40 minutes — 60 questions
Oral expression (Speaking): 15 minutes — 2 subjects
You can take the reading, writing and listening modules on a computer at the designated test center under “e-TEF” which is an online version of TEF.