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Proving French Language Ability -Test de Connaissance du Français – TCF/TCFQ

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.


What does the TCF exam consists of?

The TCF consists of four sections: reading, listening, speaking, writing.

TCF – Compulsory Sections

Test Questions Duration
Reading comprehension
30 multiple choice questions
45 minutes
Listening comprehension
30 multiple choice questions
25 minutes
Test Duration
Spoken expression 15 minutes
Written expression 45 minutes

What is the TCFQ?

The TCFQ, Test de connaissance du français 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.

What does the TCFQ exam consist of?

Test Questions Duration
Listening comprehension 30 questions 30 minutes total
Spoken expression 6 questions 15 minutes total

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

TCF score A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
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 Score 0+
(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 Score 0+
(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

Where can I register for the TCF/TCFQ?

Choose the country of your choice to search for the nearest test centres:

TCF/TCFQ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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.

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 3 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 2 years from the date which you took the test.

 

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