the French Assessment Test (TEF) 

Created in 1998 by the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, the the french assessment test (TEF) is an international benchmark exam that measures your level of knowledge and skills in French.

The Naturalization Tests and Residence Permit – 10 years merge from January 3, 2022.

Place at Integration, Residence and Nationality Test (IRN) !

The Test remains made up of 4 tests : Oral Comprehension / Written Comprehension / Written Expression / Oral Expression.

You will be able to register for these tests in a few days. The calendar will be available very soon.

The two tests TCF (France Education international) and TEF (Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry) are the only ones recognized by the Prefecture for your requests for French Nationality, 10-year Resident Card or A1 Integration.

TCF IRN Presentation of the tests:

  • Oral Comprehension: 20 questions – 15 minutes
  • Written Comprehension: 20 questions – 20 minutes
  • Written expression: 3 tasks – 30 minutes
  • Oral expression: 3 tasks – 10 minutes


Mentions on your certificates:

    • Level required for the Naturalization application (B1): Reached / Not reached
    • Level required for the Resident Card application (A2): Reached / Not reached
    • Overall level A1: Achieved / Not achieved (level required for learners in OFII training

The TEF is officially recognized:

  •  the French Ministry of National Education
    • the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
    • the French Ministry of the Interior
    • the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada
    • the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration of Quebec
    • the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration

The results are valid for two years.                                                                                                     

 By clicking on this link, you can register and open your training account.


What is the TEF used for?


What are the tests?

The TEF consists of 5 tests :

  • Oral comprehension (CO) 40 min
  • Written comprehension (CE) 60 min
  • Oral expression (EO) 15 min
  • Written expression (DE) 60 min
  • Lexicon and structure (LS) 30 min

Depending on your objective and the steps you take, choose the version of the TEF that includes the tests you need.

The tests are evaluated using a 7-level scale, from level 0 (most basic abilities) to level 6 (complete mastery).

This scale refers to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR) of the Council of Europe and the 12 Canadian language proficiency levels (NCLC) / québécois (EQNCF).

Which tests for which test?

ABC Formation determines the session dates, the candidate registration period as well as the prices.

Registrations close at least one week before the date of the session.

Anticipate your registration as soon as possible as part of your administrative procedures.

No prior diploma is required to take the exam. You must have over 16 years old.

When you register, you will be asked for the following documents:

  • a photocopy of an official identity document with photo and signature,
  • If the testing center cannot take a photo of you on the day of the test, it will also ask you to provide An identity photo.

You will also complete a personal information sheet at the time of registration. This form will be used to establish your certificate of results.

Once your registration has been validated, your testing center will send you a convocation by email which you must present on the day of the exam with your identity document.

 Attention ! If you have not received your invitation, remember to check your “Junk mail” / “Spam” folder in your inbox.

How do I prepare?

To prepare for the TEF, Several options are available to you :

  • Consult the tutorials allowing you to familiarize yourself with the TEF tests.
  • Familiarize yourself with the test format with examples of tests available in this section.
  • Thanks to the mobile application français 3.0, practice the different French assessment tests.
  • Register for online preparation PrepmyTEF. For €39, you will have access for one year to course sheets, exercises and official mock tests to prepare you for the exam.

How does the exam go?

Before the exam

When you register, you agree to respect the Registration and completion conditions of the test.

On the day of the exam, after verifying your identity and your invitation, the invigilator will have you sign. On the day of the exam, after verifying your identity and your invitation, the invigilator will have you sign a payroll sheet on paper or tablet. Please double check your personal information at this time.

 Attention ! In the event of an error or modification not reported on the day of the test, NO CORRECTIONS can be made once the certificate of results has been published.

The invigilator will then tell you where to sit to start the test.

Instructions to follow during the tests:
– Turn off your cell phone and any other electronic devices.
– You cannot use a dictionary or any reference material.
– No personal effects must be left in sight or on the table during the tests, with the exception of your identity document.
– You must not communicate with other candidates.
– No latecomers are allowed into the room once the test has started.
– No outings are authorized for the duration of the written tests

During the exam

The comprehension tests will take place  on computer.

  • the supervisor provides each candidate with a username and password. The candidate thus accesses the online test-taking platform and follows the instructions for each test.

How do I get my results?

Your results will be sent to the testing center within a delay of approximately 4 to 6 weeks from the date of receipt of the session materials.

However, if your test included a written expression test, the correction time is longer.

A certificate of results will then be sent to you.

Each certificate is detailed and personalized (with your photo and signature).

For each test, it specifies:

  • the number of points obtained,
  • the level reached,
  • a description of your current skills in general French.

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In France

Officially recognized since 2004 by the French Ministry of National Education, the TEF assesses written and oral French skills for any foreign student applying for registration in an undergraduate degree. university studies in France.

? Lien utile : Recognition of the TEF by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research

The TEF then consists of 4 compulsory tests :

  •  Written comprehension : 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Written expression : 60 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Glossary and structure: 30 min – 40 questions

How is the TEF evaluated?

The tests are evaluated using a 7-level scale, from level 0 (most basic abilities) to level 6 (complete mastery).

This scale refers to the 6 levels (A1 to C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR) of the Council of Europe and the 12 Canadian language proficiency levels (NCLC) / québécois (EQNCF).

  • The written comprehension, oral comprehension and lexicon and structure tests are in the form of multiple choice questionnaires.
  • The written expression test consists of writing two writings from everyday life. It is evaluated by two independent, trained and experienced correctors.
  • The oral expression test consists of two role plays corresponding to everyday situations. It is evaluated by two independent examiners: the test leader, then by a second evaluator, based on the recording of the test.

See an example of certificate

The validity of the results is two years. You can retake the test as many times as you wish, respecting a period of 30 days between each examination.

I would like to retake the test. What is the waiting period?

You can introduce yourself as many times on the test as you want.

The 30 day waiting period is however requested between two successive examinations.

In what format is the certificate of results presented?

For the TEF or the TEF Canada, you will recieve a paper certificate, delivered to your testing center. Remember to make a certified copy of your certificate because any request for a duplicate requires a fee.

If you have passed the TEF Naturalization,the TEF Residence or the TEFAQ, you will receive an email giving you access to an electronic certificate of results (you will not be issued a paper certificate).

This dematerialized certificate is an official document that you can present to the competent authorities as part of your administrative procedures.

Versions the TEF Certificate as of 01.01.2019
Complete TEF
(5 tests – studies in France)
TEF Canada Paper
TEFAQ Electronic
TEF Naturalization Electronic
TEF Residence Electronic

How do I request special accommodation?

Business French propose various arrangements to make the TEF accessible to candidates with disabilities.

The candidate provides a medical certificate at its processing center. This certificate is issued by a practitioner and explains the nature of the disability. If this allows the candidate to present the tests, the practitioner issues recommendations for organizing the session (full Braille version, version for visually impaired candidates, provision of an assessor by the center, allocation of additional third-time work, adaptation of the sound volume, etc.).

Business French then sends to the testing center the material necessary for organizing a structured session: adapted version, instructions for the center manager, instructions for the supervisor, examiner, assessor.

Can I cancel my registration?

A registration is firm and definitive. The registration fees you have paid remain acquired.

In the event of cancellation before the day of the test or absence on the day of the test for major reasons (illness, professional impediment, death of a parent, etc.), you must present to the center proof (medical certificate, employer certificate, etc.).Business French then studies the reasons for absence and possibly suggests new registration in the center, at no additional cost.

In the event of an unjustified absence or abandonment, you will not be reimbursed. You accept these conditions by signing the registration form when you register in the center.

I would like to retake the test. What is the waiting period?

You can introduce yourself as many times on the test as you want.

The two-month waiting period is however requested between two successive transfers.

Can I make a request for appeal?

Business French and its partner centers do everything possible to ensure that the TEF tests are taken in the best conditions and with fairness between candidates.

You have, despite these precautions, noticed a serious anomaly or malfunction when taking your test? You have in this case and in this case only the possibility of filing an appeal with the Business French.

Here is the procedure to follow

How to request a duplicate?

It is entirely possible for you to obtain a new original certificate. The cost of reprinting a certificate is 50 euros.

Note, however, thata single original duplicate A certificate of results (marked “DUPLICATA”) can be established by candidate.

Connect to the following address

Order a “Reprint of certificate”, remembering to specify, in the “Comment” area, your first and last name and the date the test was taken.

What are the consequences in the event of fraud?

In case of fraud, falsification or disruption of the smooth running of the test session noted by the prescriber, the approved assessment center or the CCI Paris Ile-de-France, sanctions are taken by the disciplinary commission of the CCI Paris Ile-de-France.

For the candidate, the sanction may consist, depending on the type of fraud or falsification, of a cancellation of the test or possibly the certificate issued, and/or in a ban on taking the test for a fixed period of time by the commission.

The decision of the disciplinary commission is communicated to the fraudulent candidate, to the assessment center and to the prescriber.

 Attention Agents responsible for monitoring files requiring a TEF certificate (Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion (MIDI) of Quebec, agents of prefectures, Universities, Campus France, etc.) can have access to the results obtained by candidates directly from the CCI Paris Île-de-France.