The TEF, or 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.

 

About the TEF

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

TEF Compulsory Sections

TestQuestionsDuration
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

TestQuestionsDuration
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

 

About the TEFaQ

The TEFaQ, or Test d'Evaluation 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 government of Quebec.

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

TestQuestionsDuration
Oral comprehension (Listening) 60 questions 40 minutes
Oral expression 2 topics 35 minutes
Spoken expression   15 minutes
Written expression   45 minutes

 

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

TEF Score0+
(0-68)
1
(69-203)
2
(204-360)
3
(361-540)
4
(541-698)
5
(699-833)
6
(834-900)
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

TEFaQ Listening Score0+
(0-27)
1
(28-81)
2
(82-144)
3
(145-216)
4
(217-279)
5
(280-333)
6
(334-360)
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

TEFaQ Speaking Score0+
(0-33)
1
(34-100)
2
(101-180)
3
(181-270)
4
(271-348)
5
(349-415)
6
(416-450)
CECR* equivalency - A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
Quebec Skilled Worker Language Points forspeaking ability 0 0 0 0 5 6 7

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Where can I register for the TEF/TEFaQ?

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TEF/TEFaQ Frequently Asked Questions

All applicants are required to take a French language test when submitting an application for permanent residence through the Quebec Skilled Worker Program if they wish to claimpoints for language proficiency. Applicants may take the TEF/TEFaQ or another approved French language test if applying for Quebec immigration.

Applicants must take the Oral comprehension and Oral expression (listening and speaking) sections. The writing and reading modules are not required, but additional points are available 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 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 two to four 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 twoyears from the date you took the test.

Registration will depend on your country. Choose the country of your choice in the menu above to search for the nearest test centres.

 

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