TCF Canada & French TEF Exam in India

Interested in immigration to Canada or Quebec or France? Do you know you get more points if you clear French tests like TCF, TEFAQ, TCFQ, TEF Canada and TEF Exam in India?
TEF and TCF exams

Are you interested in moving to Canada or Quebec or France? Do you know you get extra points if you clear French tests like TCF, TEFAQ, TCFQ, TEF Canada, and TEF Exam in India? Read along.

There are several advantages to learning French. The career prospects in a foreign language are the most sought after reason. With over 30 French-speaking nations in the world, there are now 274 million French speakers across the globe.


Importance of TCF and TEF Canada Test

There are plenty of important reasons to learn French. Still wondering, “Why to Learn the French Language?” Today, there are plenty of job opportunities for French experts that require a certain level of qualification in a particular foreign language.

Your French skills in such fields will put you ahead of others in any employee recruitment exercise. The only way to ensure you have this edge is to sit for a French proficiency test and obtain a certificate that will evidence your understanding and ability to speak this language.

It is a standard way to certify one’s French-language ability for work and to enroll in specific programs and study abroad as an international student. This certificate will enable you to use your language skills in countless careers like medicine, journalism, business, power, law, education, export, engineering, and more.

There is a wide array of French language proficiency test such as DELF, DALF, TEF, TCF, TCFQ, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, TEF Exams. You can read the previous article on the DALF / DELF exam in India.

TEF Exam in India

TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français)

The TEF exam is also known as the Test d’Evaluation de Francais (for TEF). It was created and administered by the French Language Center – CCI Paris Île -de-France, in 1998. It was officially recognized in 2012 by the French Ministry of National Education, Research and Higher Education.

It is an exam that seeks to test the French linguistic proficiency in people looking to travel, study, or immigrate to France and Naturalize as a French Citizen in France or Canada. It is one of the recognized proficiency exams in Canada and France, as well.

Why Take the TEF Exam?

TEF is an added benefit for anyone who wants to study in France. It must be taken during the first-year enrolment of the study. It is also one of the requirements of economic immigration to Canada, as required by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The TEF is recognized internationally by employers and universities in France, Canada, and other countries.

Types of TEF Exam

There are various types of TEF exams, namely 1) TEF for studies (To study in France), 2) TEF for Naturalization, i.e., TEF ANF ( To get the French citizenship), 3) TEF for the resident Card (to obtain resident card in France) 4) TEF Canada (To Immigrate to Canada and to receive the Canadian citizenship, and 5) TEFAQ (To immigrate to Quebec province in Canada). The TEF and TEFaQ results are valid for two years from the date you took the test.

1. TEF for Studies in France

If you are interested in studying in France, then this is the right exam for you. The TEF for studies in France is compulsory for any international student applying for the first year of a degree course at a university in France. The TEF for studies in France consists of 4 tests: Oral comprehension, Reading comprehension, Written expression, and Glossary and structure.

2. TEF for Naturalization

If you want to become French and get a French passport, then you have to appear for the TEF for the naturalization test. It is recognized by the French Ministry of the Interior and compulsory for the application for naturalization in France. It consists of two necessary tests: Oral comprehension and Oral Expression.

3. TEF for the Resident Card

If you have an aim to obtain a resident card from the French Government, then you have to take TEF for the resident card test. This test consists of four mandatory tests, namely a) Written comprehension and b) Oral comprehension in a Computer-based quiz, c) Written expression – On computer, and d) Oral expression – Face-to-face with an examiner. This test is equivalent to DELF A2 level written and oral competency. If you’ve already completed A2, there is no need for this TEF test.

4. TEF Canada

TEF Canada is a mandatory exam that must be taken by people seeking to immigrate to Canada and become citizens of Canada. It is conducted to ascertain the language skills of people that fall within the economic immigration program, especially for people seeking to obtain Canadian citizenship. For immigration to Canada Federal (including Quebec), four modules are compulsory.

5. TEFAQ (Test for Access to Quebec)

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. For immigration to Quebec only, two modules are compulsory: Compréhension Orale and Expression Orale. The TEFaQ is not the only option if someone is planning to immigrate to Quebec. Applicants may instead choose to take the TEF or any other French language test approved by the Government of Quebec.

TEF Exam Structure

TEF has four stages, which includes:

TEF Canada Exam in India
  1. Reading comprehension – 50 questions for 300 points
  2. Listening comprehension – 60 questions for 360 points
  3. Written expression – 2 topics for possible 450 points
  4. Oral expression – (carries 15 minutes per candidate) – 2 topics for 450 points


Results from the stages mentioned above will be expected and demanded by the immigration service for the Canadian government. The Canadian level of proficiency is determined by using a seven-level scale that also conforms to the norms of CEFR and the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB).

The TEF exams are divided into computer and paper sections. The exams are scheduled for all months throughout the year, but few tests are conducted only a few times in a year. The candidate must have attained the age of 16 years.

TCF (Test de Connaissance du français)

The TCF also follows the same pattern and style as the TEF. There are 5 types of TCF (Test de Connaissance du français) exam: 1) TCF – for personal, academic or professional reasons, 2) TCF DAP (For study in France especially as a first-year undergraduate (license 1), 3) TCF for French nationality (to settle in France), 4) TCF Canada (for permanent residence in Canada) and 5) TCF for Quebec (For PR in Québec province in Canada).

If you intend to reside in Quebec, Canada, you will need to take the TCFQ (TCF pour le Québec) exam to test and certify your proficiency in French. It will help the Quebec immigration authorities to verify your immigration application. Like TEF, these results are also valid for TWO years. However, both exams share the same goals and objectives. For TCF – there are three compulsory sections and two optional sections, whereas, for TCFQ, there are only two mandatory sections.

DELF/DALF Vs. TEF/TEFaQ/TCF/TCFQ

The main difference between these two types is that the latter is one single test where your score will determine the number of points awarded for French language proficiency. For the DELF/DALF exams in India, you can choose a level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 as per your proficiency level, and if you pass the exam, you are awarded the points and diploma for that level.

The TCFQ (TCF for Quebec) and TEFaQ (Test for Evaluating French for Access to Quebec) certificate is only valid for your immigration application in Quebec (Canada). It is the only French examination accepted for the Quebec Federal Skilled Worker Program.

This French certification cannot be used for admission to a French university or any Universities in Francophone countries. Unlike the TEF and the TCF, the DALF Exam is valid for life. Since both TEF and TEFaQ results are valid for two years from the date, you took the test. Thus, it is not very beneficial from the career and job prospective outside France and Canada.

TCF and TEF Exam in India

In India, the various TCF, TEF, TCF/TEF exam for Canada/Quebec are organized by the different branches of L’Alliance Française India Network. Some of the prominent centers for TCF/TEF exams are New Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, BhopalTrivandrum, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc.

TEF and TCF Exam centers in India are not permanent, and every AF institute doesn’t conduct all exams. For example, Chandigarh and Chennai have authorized centers for TEF Canada and TEF Quebec. On the other hand, New Delhi, Bhopal, and Kolkata are some of the official branches for the TCF test in India. You can contact the AF for the latest update.

The fees for the exam will depend on the type of test that you sign up for and the country in which you decide to do it. In India, Fees are generally between ₹ 15,000 to 25,000, depending on the number of papers. Most of these exams are conducted a few times in a year.

TEF and TCF Language test equivalency

You can now also earn up to 30 additional points for strong French language skills (even if French is your second language). The minimum threshold is CLB7 for skill types 0 and A. In other words; you could get 30 additional points if you have CLB 7 in French.

tef test equivalent - CLB

How Long does it take to clear TEF or TCF?

As per the curriculum and previous papers, The TEFQ, TEFAQ, TEF, and TCF Canada exams are more or less equivalent to DELF B2.

Generally, it takes 600-800 hours of classroom studies to complete the entire course of B2. While a lot depends on the method of language learning, usually, it takes 2 to 3 years. Can it be done say 6 or 12 months? NO. Even if you’re willing to work genuinely hard.


French is the most popular Foreign language to learn in India. Our French course contents are designed as per international standards and guidelines like CEFR, DALF, DELF, TEF, TCF. If you’re interested in pursuing a French Language course in Noida, then Contact Us.

Also Read — (i) Spanish – DELE Exam in India and SIELE Exam (ii) Korean – TOPIK Exam in India (iii) Japanese – JLPT Exam in India (iv) Mandarin – HSK Exam in India (v) German – TestDAF Exam in India (vi) Italian – CILS and CELI Exam.

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Vikash Gupta

Vikash Gupta

I take a great interest in the languages of the world and that is why I choose this career. By profession, I'm a College lecturer and Foreign language faculty and by passion, I am still a language learner. I write at languagenext.com/blog and studyfrenchspanish.com

53 thoughts on “TCF Canada & French TEF Exam in India”

  1. Sheetal Ramkrishnani

    Bonjour,
    I have passed Delf B2 last December and planning to give TCF to improve my PR scores as soon as possible. I want to inquire, if I give TCF, will this exam be valid for Quebec immigration too? Also, giving C1 Dalf in India will increase my chances of getting jobs in Canada?

    1. Yes, TCF is valid for entire Canada, including Quebec. There are also TCFQ, and TEFaQ only meant for Quebec immigration. DALF C1 might help you in Quebec and New Brunswick region to find a job where French is not required as a primary skill. Beyond these easter parts, it may or may not be beneficial. Remember, getting a PR and a high-paying job are two totally different things.

    2. Can you please guide me as to how you learnt as I am a beginner in French and wanted to give TEF at least by April to improve my scores.

  2. Hello. If I am not wrong, CLB 5 in French will give me 4 points in Express entry. I plan to apply for PR in December 2020. Though 4 points might not be much, I believe it’s still better nothing. And if for some reason, the cut off scores increase dramatically next year, I’ll even have the option to get clb7 in French and grab all 42 points. So my question is, is one year enough to get clb5 at an average pace?

  3. Hello, please I wanted to apply for an undergraduate program in a school in Canada, but they required a B2 in TEF Canada. Meanwhile, my result is as follows B1, B1, B1, B2. Please does it mean I can apply?

    1. I am not sure if I understand you correctly. DELF B2 and TEF Canada are two different exams. While former is required for specific jobs or education where the mode of teaching is French, whereas TEF or TCF is needed for express entry, i.e., PR.

      1. I want to appear for TEF as I am planning to put my file in express entry and I need CLB 7 in TEF. Is it achievable in 2 or 3 months?

  4. Dear Vikash,
    I have completed the DALF C1 last year (May 2018). I have been teaching French and in touch with the language, more or less since then. I’m interested in applying for the Canadian PR status. Will my DALF C1 diploma suffice for this, or is it necessary to give the TEF/TCF Canada exam as well? From your previous responses, I have gathered that the DELF/DALF certificates help a candidate to get a job and that it will be easier for the candidate to clear the TEF/TCF exam. Still, it is unclear to me if it is necessary to take the TEF Canada/TCF Canada if the candidate holds a DALF C1 diploma certificate. It would of great help if you could clear my doubts. Thank you!

    1. Only TEF and TCF are approved French test for express entry in Canada. For the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, all types of French examinations are accepted. Thus, if your only aim is Canada, and you need some points, appear for TEF/TCF. Since you have already done C1, it won’t be challenging for you. For everything else, and anywhere in the world, DELF/DALF is required.

  5. Hi, I am a B1 student and have cleared DELF A1 and A2. On what parameters can I decide between TEF Canada and TCF? I mean, after clearing DELF B2, whether I should take TEF Canada or TCF? What difference will it make? Also, is there any way you can share the study material (can pay for the same)? Because at Alliance Française de Bangalore, where I am taking classes, the study material is not particularly TEF/TCF oriented.

    1. As per CIC, you can pick any test between TEF or TCF Canada. Both are accepted. The choice should depend on the modules you’re more comfortable with and the nearest test center. You can check the sample papers and exam structure for the same though both are more or less the same as far as the difficulty level is concerned.

      1. Thanks a lot for your response. You mentioned in one of your comments that “Listening and Speaking are two main components for TEF.” Is the same true for TCF?

    2. Sir, I want to know DELF are sufficient for immigration For Canada? And if I want to go to study for the French language, what I need for that?

      1. No, for express entry in Canada, only TEF and TCF are accepted. Level wise, DELF B2 is more or less similar to These tests. You can enroll in any institute to learn French.

  6. Dear Vikash,

    I came across your website and found it so helpful, and your blog has beautiful, inspiring words. Thanks for all your free advice and messages. I am learning French causally from last one year using Duolingo (assuming my current level is A2). I currently work full-time and would require a TCF score to be around CLB7 or 6 for immigration purposes. Do you think CLB 7 or 6 in TCF can be achieved within a year? If I study for another year with proper dedication and hard work with every possible resource? (I can spend 600 to 700 hours to study). Your reply would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks again, your hard work and dedication to languages can be seen through your websites.
    You are awesome

    1. Thank you very much for your kind words 🙂

      Duolingo is not comparable to CEFR/DELF. After completing all the lessons, I’d equate it with A1 only. CLB7 is similar to B2, and it is a little challenging to achieve in a year though not impossible. What you need is an experienced teacher who can help you with that. You don’t need many resources. A few books, listening and speaking sessions, regular practice, and proper guidance.

    1. Sorry, I didn’t get you. If you choose French as a second language, then you have to appear for the TEF or TCF Canada exam for express entry. DELF/DALF is also useful for other purposes provided that the test was cleared in the last two years.

      1. “TEF or TCF Canada exam for express entry. DELF/DALF is also useful for other purposes provided that the test was cleared in the last two years.” Can you share what other purposes?

        1. If you already have the required points for Canada PR, then you don’t need to appear for TEF or TCF Canada. In that case, your existing DELF/DALF will be beneficial in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick for job purposes where French skill is a prerequisite. Besides, unlike TEF or TCF that are valid for only two years, DELF diplomas are valid for life. It will be helpful in the French-speaking region of Canada and other Francophone countries across the globe.

  7. Hi!
    I had already completed my Delf B2 and DALF C1 two years ago. Would that be enough when I’m applying for Canada or should I have to give the TEF especially. Please do let me know what you think. Thanks in advance.

    1. If you have already completed DALF C1, you can surely appear for TEF exam. Curriculum-wise, you’re ready. You may need some revision and go through with some TEF sample papers!

  8. Hi Vikash ji,
    All your replies helped me in one or the other way, and I’m glad about that. My query is about to write the DELF A2 exam in November. Will this fetch me any points for immigration to Canada as a secondary applicant? Or should I do only B2 for tef Canada equivalency?

    1. I don’t think A2 will add any points. After achieving DELF B2, you can appear for TEF or TCF test. You can consult any immigration consultant.

  9. I am currently studying B1 right now, but I cannot speak French fluently, and my exams are in December. Could you help me with tips or suggestions of apps that I can use for improving my fluency in French?

  10. I need more information about TCFQ, i.e., Exam centers, course fee, exam pattern, training center, etc. Please help.

    1. Everything is there in the article. You can join any French Institute to achieve Lower Advanced Level, i.e., At least DELF B2. It might take 2-3 years. If you have any specific question, let me know.

  11. Hi,
    Could you please let me know which exam among TEF Canada or TCF Canada will be preferable if I am seeking PR for Canada. Also, what are the centres for that exam in India?

    Additionally, I have done a 1-year University course for French during my graduation and have been in touch with the language. So is it possible that I can go for the exam this year after I give my IELTS exam (which I am planning to give in August or September probably), and score well in it?
    Thanks!

    1. As per the CIC (LINK), Both TEF and TCF are accepted. As of now, Chennai and Chandigarh are two TEF centres, whereas Bhopal, Kolkata, Delhi are some for the TCF. You can contact AF for the latest update!

      The 1-year University course (usually certificate) is not enough to clear TEF or TCF. Besides, The university courses lack essential components such as Listening and Speaking. To get bonus points, you need CLB 7. It is more or less equivalent to B2. At a normal pace, it would take 3 years, whereas on fast-track 18 to 24 months provided that you study really hard. While I don’t know your level, but based on my experience dealing with hundreds of students and some guesswork, I’d say 18-24 months. Thus, you can appear for the exam in 2021.

  12. Could you please share details on exam centers and registration details for TCF this year. I am planning to give the exam by September. Also, which exam is conducted in Delhi centre. TCF or TEF?
    Please advise.

    1. Last time when I checked, Chandigarh and Chennai were only two centers for TEF in India. Kolkata, Bhopal, New Delhi, and 1-2 more branches of AF were TCF test centres. Since they keep changing, thus I would suggest contacting Alliance Française for the confirmation. I hope you’re aware that higher proficiency like DELF B2 is required to get CLB7 in TEF/TCF. You only get bonus points if you achieve CLB7.

    2. Dear sir, how I verification my result for TEF Canada, please send me link thank you. I am interested in French diploma. Do you provide online courses?

  13. Dear Vikash,

    Could you please share details on exam centers and registration details for TEF this year. We are planning to give the exam by September. Also, do we have a TEF exam center in Pondicherry? Please advise

    Regards,
    Sundar

    1. As per the last known information, Chandigarh and Chennai are only two TEF centres in India. You can contact Alliance française de Pondichéry and Chennai for details.

  14. Shruti vivek vyas

    After DELF B2 from Nasik Alliance Francaise, my daughter wants to pursue C1 and C2 from Pune Alliance Française, is it advisable to join one year’s PG course from Pune University or C1 C2 will be better optional suggest.

  15. Bonjour!
    I have completed DELF B1. I have been learning French for the past 6 years. I am aiming to do TEF CANADA exam. Do tell some materials to get practice.

    1. I’m not aware of any online study material for TEF. We have our own study material specifically designed for various TEF and TCF exam but it is exclusively for our own students. Once you clear DELF B2, you can focus on TEF and it will not be difficult to get good score in TEF. Listening and Speaking are two important components.

      1. Please Sir, guide me for TEF Canada. Need the score of LRWS 181, 151, 226, 226. please guide me how much time this score?

        1. Well, that is the minimum threshold in each of the four language skills. It will take roughly 2 years if you give enough time with dedication. Find an experienced trainer or learning centre. We also prepare students for TEF/TCF.

  16. Hello,
    I need to know upto what level should I study for TEF Canada? Some classes have suggested upto B2 level, some are saying upto A2 is enough. Can you guide what should I invest in?

    1. It is more or less equivalent to B2. You should target CLB7 in French. Listening is a key component in TEF Canada and little difficult. It might take 2-3 years. Join any reputed learning centre.

  17. I studied French as a certificate course in a University for a year 2016-2017 and I continued to keep in touch with the language through movies, songs and YouTube. I watch TV5 Monde once in a while. I think I can understand elementary level of the language and can express basic ideas. Do you think it is possible to take the TEF with 6 month rigorous study and score CLB7?

    1. While it depends on many variables, but it normally takes 2-3 years to achieve B2 level proficiency or to get the score of CLB7. If you already know elementary level French and ready to put enough effort and dedication, it might take 18 to 24 months. TEF and TCF listening sections are quite hard and it takes time to get use to it. You can try your level best to achieve in 18 months! Bonne Chance!

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