The TCF, Test de connaissance du français, is a language test that is used to assess the level of French comprehension and expression skills in people who are not native French speakers.

Applicants are graded at one of six levels, from A1 to C2. This test can be used for Quebec immigration purposes.

 

About the TCF exam

The TCF consists of three compulsory sections and optional sections:

TCF - Compulsory Sections

TestQuestionsDuration
Reading comprehension (Quebec immigration does not consider this score.) 30 multiple choice questions 45 minutes
Use of language structures (Quebec immigration does not consider this score.) 20 multiple choice questions 20 minutes
Listening comprehension 30 multiple choice questions 25 minutes

TCF - Supplementary (Optional) Sections

TestDuration
Spoken expression 15 minutes
Written expression (Quebec immigration does not consider this score.) 45 minutes

 

About the TCFQ

The TCFQ, Test de connaissance du franςais pour le Québec, is an examination specially designed for people who want to immigrate to Quebec. While the TCFQ is more targeted to Quebec immigration, applicants may instead choose to take the TCF or any other French language test approved by the Quebec government.

TCFQ Sections

TestQuestionsDuration
Listening comprehension 30 questions 30 minutes total
Spoken expression 6 questions 15 minutes total

 

 How the TCF and TCFQ are graded according to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program

TCF scoreA1A2B1B2C1C2
Quebec Skilled Worker points for speaking and listening 0 0 0 5 6 7
Quebec Skilled Worker points for reading and writing 0 0 0 1 1 1
TCFQ Listening Score0+
(0-99)
1
(100-199)
2
(200-299)
3
(300-399)
4
(400-499)
5
(500-599)
6
(600-699)
CECR* equivalency - A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for listening ability 0 0 0 0 5 6 7
TCFQ Speaking Score0+
(0)
1
(1-4)
2
(5-8)
3
(9-12)
4
(13-16)
5
(17-18)
6
(19-20)
CECR* equivalency - A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for speaking ability 0 0 0 0 5 6 7

 

 TCF/TCFQ Frequently Asked Questions

All applicants are required to take a French language test when submitting an application for permanent residency through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program if they are claiming points for language proficiency. Applicants may take the TCF/TCFQ or another approved French language test.

Applicants must take the listening and speaking modules (spoken expression and listening comprehension). The writing and reading modules are not required, but additional points may be awarded for these modules.

Testing costs depend on the location where the test is being given. Contact the examination centre for specific prices.

If you are taking the TCF, the compulsory examinations last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The optional examinations last approximately 2 hours. If you are taking the TCFQ, the examination lasts approximately 45 minutes.

The results are sent within three weeks of receipt of the examination papers.

You can take the exam as many times as necessary, however you must leave a gap of 60 days between the examination sessions.

The TCF/TCFQ results are valid for two years from the date which you took the test.

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