Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is now accepting the Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) as proof of French language ability for Canadian immigration applications, including programs managed by the federal Express Entry system.
The TCF Canada is now be the second approved French language test that candidates can take to prove language ability for immigration programs including the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
The other option remains the Test d’évaluation de français (TEF Canada).
When applying for immigration to Canada through the popular FSW program, applicants must demonstrate language proficiency in English or French that is equivalent to a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) or Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) level 7.
The TCF Canada is administered by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and will be available to test takers at approved test centres around the world.
The tests options for proving English language proficiency remain:
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP —General (G)) or
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (General)
The update was made as part of Canada’s 2018 National Francophone Immigration Week, which celebrates the contributions of francophone immigrants to Canada, whose two official languages are English and French.
About the TCF Canada Test
The TCF Canada consists of four compulsory tests: Oral Comprehension (Compréhension orale), Written Comprehension (Compréhension écrite), Oral Expression (Expression orale), and Written Expression (Expression écrite). The test lasts for approximately 2 hours and 47 minutes. Test results remain valid for two years.