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Proving French Language Ability -Test D'evaluation du Français – TEF/TEFaQ

The TEF, Test d’Evaluation 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. This test can be used for Quebec immigration purposes and is the only French language examination accepted for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.

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What does the TEF consist of?

The TEF consists of 3 compulsory sections and two optional sections:

TEF – Compulsory Sections

Test Questions Duration
Reading comprehension (Quebec immigration does not consider this score.)
50 questions
60 minutes
Vocabulary & Sentence Structures (Quebec immigration does not consider this score.) 40 questions 30 minutes
Listening comprehension
60 questions 40 minutes

TEF – Optional Sections

Test Questions Duration
Written expression This section measure's a candidate's written ability to convey information, use past tenses, and express a point of view with arguments to defend it. (Quebec immigration does not consider this score.)
60 minutes
Oral expression This section consists of two brief interviews with an examiner in which the candidate discusses a point of view on a subject given to them by the examiner.
35 minutes

What is the TEFaQ?

The TEFaQ, or Test d'évaluation du français adapté pour le Québec, is an examination intended for people who need proof of French proficiency specifically for Quebec immigration. While the TEFaQ is more targeted to Quebec immigration, applicants may instead choose to take the TEF or any other French language test approved by the Quebec government.

What does the TEFaQ consist of?

The TEFaQ consists of 2 sections only:

Test Questions Duration
Oral comprehension (Listening) 60 questions 40 minutes total
Oral expression 2 topics 35 minutes total

How are the TEF and TEFaQ graded according to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program?

TEF Score 0+
CECR* equivalency A1 A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for listening and speaking 0 0 0 0 5 6 7
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for reading and writing 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
TEFaQ Listening Score 0+
CECR* equivalency - A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for listening ability 0 0 0 0 5 6 7
TEFaQ Speaking Score 0+
CECR* equivalency - A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points for speaking ability 0 0 0 0 5 6 7

*Cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues

Where can I register for the TEF/TEFaQ?

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TEF/TEFaQ 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 TEF/TEFaQ or another approved French language test.

Applicants must take the Oral comprehension and Oral expression (Listening and Speaking) sections. 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 TEF, the compulsory and optional examinations each last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you are taking the TEFaQ, the examination lasts approximately 75 minutes.

The results are generally sent within 2 to 4 weeks of receipt of the examination papers.

You can take the exam as many times as necessary, however you must leave a gap of 3 months between the examination sessions.

The TEF and TEFaQ results are valid for 1 year from the date which you took the test.


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