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TEF Canada

TEF means Test d’Évaluation de Français and it allows you to test your knowledge in French from beginner to advanced. Taking the TEF helps to assess your French level if you plan to apply for a job in Canada, enter a Canadian university or for immigration purposes.

If you want to study or work in Canada you will need to take the TEF Canada.

If your goal is to immigrate to Canada (or Québec taking the TEFAQ), you will need to take the TEF.

TEF  is recognized by the Federal Government of Canada as a proof of your skills in French during the immigration process. The score is valid for 2 years. There is also a specific test (TEFAQ) if you want to immigrate to Québec.

How many examinations has the TEF ?

 You must take 4 examinations for a Canadian immigration application:

  • Written comprehension (Compréhension écrite): 60 min – 50 questions
  • Oral comprehension (Compréhension orale): 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression (Expression orale): 15 min – 2 topics to cover
  • Written expression (Expression écrite): 60 min – 2 topics to cover

 You must take 2 examinations for a Canadian citizenship application:

  • Oral comprehension (Compréhension orale) : 40 min – 60 questions
  • Oral expression (Expression orale): 15 min – 2 topics to cover

All tests must be completed on the same day for your certificate to be recognized by Canadian authorities.

Click on any of the TEF part you want to practice:

How long does it take you to prepare and to pass the test?

It depends from where you are starting and how many hours you are planning to study per week and also what do you want to achieve. (CLB 5, CLB 7)

Here some escenarios for CLB 5:

Escenario A:
If you are starting from 0 and you are planning to study 10-12 hrs a week you will need about 8 to 10 months.

Escenario B:
You are also starting from scratch but you can  study more time  15-20 hrs a week, It will take less time .That is around 5 to 7 months.

Escenario C:
If you have some knowledge of French ( let’s say DELF A1 level or NCLC level 3) You will need between 3 to 5 months to Achieve CLB 5. ( If you study 15-20 hrs a week)

Learn more about this test from Le français des affaires:

You can also prepare for DELF and TCF here:

Delf preparation - French Circles

TFC Preparation - French Circles



Do you want to practice TEF activities? Click on the image of your interest:

Written Comprehension (Compréhension écrite)

Oral Comprehension (Compréhension orale)

Written Expression (Expression écrite)

Oral Expression (Expression orale)

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TEF - Preparation - French Circles
TEF – Preparation – French Circles