TCF Canada & French TEF Exam

Looking for immigration to Canada, Quebec, or France? How do you get more points by taking French tests like TCF, TEFAQ, TCFQ, TEF Canada & TEF 2024 Exam?

TEF and TCF exams

Are you interested in moving to Canada, Quebec, or France? How can you get extra points by taking French tests like TCF, TEFAQ, TCFQ, TEF Canada, and TEF Exam? Read along.

The acquisition of a new language offers many incentives.

With over 30 French-speaking countries, French is one of the most popular languages across the world.

From Canadian immigration to education in France to careers involving languages, there are plenty of reasons to learn French.

With so many advantages to learning French, the ability to speak French can open new doors and create endless and exciting possibilities.

Importance of TCF and TEF Test

The employment opportunity is the most sought-after reason to study French.

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 gain a certification to evidence your understanding and ability to speak this language.

It is a standard way to certify one’s French-language ability to work and enroll in specific programs and study abroad as an international student.

This diploma will enable you to use your language skills in countless careers like medicine, journalism, business, power, law, education, export, engineering, and many more.

There is an array of French language proficiency tests such as DILF, DELF, DALF, TEF, TCF, TCFQ, TEFAQ, TEF Canada, TEF Exams.

TEF Exam in India

TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Français)

TEF (Test d’Evaluation de Francais) was started by the Paris Île -de-France CCI in 1998.

The French Ministry of National Education, Research, and Higher Education was officially recognized in 2012.

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.

Why Take the TEF Exam?

TEF is an added benefit for anyone who wants to study in France. One can take 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, Francophone countries, and other parts of the globe.

Types of TEF Exam

There are various types of TEF exams.

  1. TEF for studies (To study in France),
  2. TEF for Naturalization, i.e., TEF ANF (To get French citizenship),
  3. TEF for the resident Card (to get a resident card in France),
  4. TEF Canada (To Immigrate to Canada and to receive 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 test comprises four sections: oral comprehension, reading comprehension, written expression, glossary, and structure.

2. TEF for Naturalization

If you want to become a French citizen and get a French passport, you have to appear for the TEF for the naturalization test.

French Ministry of the Interior recognizes and it is compulsory for Naturalization in France. It includes two necessary tests: oral comprehension and oral expression.

3. TEF for the Resident Card

If you aim to get a resident card from the French Government, you have to take TEF for the resident card test. This test comprises four mandatory tests, namely:

  1. Written comprehension,
  2. Oral comprehension is a Computer-based quiz,
  3. Written expression – On a computer, and
  4. 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

People seeking to immigrate to Canada and become Canadian residents can take TEF Canada Test to earn additional points.

It is conducted to determine people’s French language skills that fall within the economic immigration program, especially those seeking 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 preparing to settle in Quebec permanently.

Instead, applicants may 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

The immigration service will expect and demand results from the stages mentioned for the Canadian government.

The Canadian level of proficiency is determined by using a seven-level scale that 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 a year, and 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 live in Quebec, Canada, you need to take the TCFQ (TCF pour le Québec) to test and certify your French proficiency.

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 purposes.

There are three compulsory sections and two optional sections for TCF, whereas, for TCFQ, there are only two mandatory sections.


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 proficiency.

For the DELF/DALF exams in India, you can choose a level A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 as per your proficiency level. 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.

One cannot use this French certification for admission to a French or any university in French-speaking nations.

Unlike the TEF and the TCF, the validity of the DALF never expires.

Since both TEF and TEFaQ results are valid for two years from the date you took the test. Thus, it is not very beneficial for careers involving French outside France and Canada.

TCF & TEF Exam Centers in India

The different L’Alliance Française network branches in India conduct the various TCF and TEF exams for Canada/Quebec.

Some prominent exam centers are New Delhi, Chennai, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc.

TEF and TCF Exam centers in India are not permanent, and every AF institute doesn’t conduct all exams.

Here is the 2024 list of centers conducting various TEF and TCF exams.

TEF and TCF Testing Centers for 2024

  1. TCF TOUT PUBLIC — Kolkata and Bhopal.
  2. TCF Canada — Kolkata, Bangalore, and Delhi.
  3. TCF QUÉBEC – Kolkata and Chandigarh.
  4. TCF ANF — Kolkata.
  5. TEF Canada — Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Lucknow, and Mumbai.
  6. TEF QUÉBEC — Bhopal, Chennai, Lucknow, and Mumbai

For example, Kolkata is the only authorized testing center for TCF Québec. In contrast, India’s official TEF Canada testing centers are Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Mumbai.

You can contact the AF for the latest update.

The exam fees will depend on the test you sign up for and the country where you take it.

In India, Fees are between ₹ 15,000 to 25,000, depending on the number of papers.

They conduct most of these exams a few times a year.

Points to earn for Canada PR by giving TEF/TCF

For French as a second language, you can get 4 points if you score CLB 5/6 in all 4 abilities (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

It can rise to 12 and 24 points if you get CLB 7/8 and CLB 9/10, respectively.

Besides 4 to 24 points, you can earn up to 50 additional points (French as your second language) if you have CLB 7 in French and CLB 5 or higher in English.

And 25 extra points if you have CLB 7 in French and CLB 4 or lower in English or are not taking an English test.

You need compulsory CLB 7 in all 4 sections to earn extra bonus points. The minimum threshold is CLB7 for skill types 0 and A.

To summarize, you can earn from 0 to 74 points based on TEF or TCF scores.

You can get 4 points at an intermediate level (B1).

However, if you get CLB 7 or more (B2, C1, or C2) in all sections, you can earn between 62 to 74 points.

There is no meaningful gain by appearing for TEF or TCF unless you are at a higher intermediate (B2) or advanced level (C1 or C2).

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How Long does it take to clear TEF or TCF?

As per the curriculum and previous papers, you need CLB 7 of TEFAQ, TCF Quebec, TEF, or TCF Canada exams.

CLB 7 is 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 learning method and your approach, usually, it takes 2 years.

Can it be done in, say, 4 to 6 months?

NO. Even if you’re willing to work genuinely hard.

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147 thoughts on “TCF Canada & French TEF Exam”

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    Hello sir,
    I learned french up-to the level 5 in Quebec. Unfortunately now i moved to India. I want to immigrate to Quebec through French. Now what i have to do for that. Please give some suggestions.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      I am not sure what level 5 is equivalent to. However, once you complete B2 level of CEFR, you can take one of the variants of TEF or TCF as per your goal. For Quebec, there are two special tests TEF Quebec and TCF Quebec.

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    Hi There,

    I received a level 8 in all sections apart from listening (CLB 6); can you please guide me on how can I purchase some courses that will allow me to do comprehensive practice before I retake the test?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      I’m not aware of any exam preparation course due to the format of the test. If you want to focus on a specific aspect, you can either do on own, or look for one-to-one tutor. Or take B2 specific program.

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    I have done the A2 level of the French language course. Can I study French on my own and appear for TEF Canada, when I am ready? Or is it necessary to take B1 and B2 courses from an institute to take TEF Canada? It’s because I plan to apply for Canadian PR next year.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      You can study on your own if you can. But whether you can do B1 and B2 through self-study depends on you. An experienced teacher can save you time and ensure that things are covered consistently and adequately. But yeah, it will cost decent money! Try what suits you best!

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        Is it mandatory to appear for and have DELF B1 certificate as a prerequisite to take TEF or TCF Canada test? Or we can directly prepare for level A2/B1 and when felt comfortable can apply for TEF/TCF Canada without having any DELF certificate?
        Please do let me know.

        1. Vikash Gupta

          No. You can directly take any version of the TEF/TCF exam without taking the DELF test. But, you need to achieve the level of at least B2 for TEF/TCF.

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    Hello, your article’s been a gr8 help. However, could you reiterate whether to choose DELF tuition and exam or TCF/TEF courses from Alliance Francais for immigration to Canada as an international student?
    And if I can continue my French language study in Canada during my post-grad in a said plausible scenario wherein I say complete B1 in India and the B2 and C1 in Canada or join TCF/TEF classes in Canada and finish that in 2 years or join TCF/TEF classes in India and continue them in Canada? Which is basically the best possible way for me to increase my CRS points in the next 3 years more or less through French?
    Pardon my equivocal mess. Thanks in advance, sir.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      I’m not sure if I understood your question. You can study wherever you want, and once you complete DELF B2, you can appear for TEF/TCF test.

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        Hello sir, thank you for such a detailed article. This is really helpful. I want to apply for Canada PR and my score is not more than 430. The only chance I see now is to learn the French language and increase my score count. Will you be able to help me with the relevant course? I should opt for and a verified institute etc. Your response will be much appreciated.
        Thank you

        1. Vikash Gupta

          You can pursue our 1-year French course that will help you prepare all versions of TEF/TCF Canada. You can check on this website. If you have questions related to our course, let me know!

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            Hi Sir, I am also in the process of PR. Are you saying there is no way I can get a good score, within six months?

          2. Vikash Gupta

            It is tough to cover B2 and get CLB7 in 6 months. 12-18 months is an appropriate time if you are starting from scratch.

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    Hi Vikash,

    Thanks for all the information shares.

    I learned that Alliance Francaise de Chennai is offering e-TEF only. Could you please help me understand how will be the writing exam? Will they provide us a keyboard with accents or should we have to master some shortcuts.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      I guess there will be a keyboard with accents, though it is better to know shortcuts. It takes just 10 minutes to learn, like Alt + 0233 = é, and so on.

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    Shweta Aggarwal

    Hi. I have done b2 from a private institute in Chandigarh. I want to go for TEF or Tcf exam. Can you please guide which one is easier as i m working full-time and difficult for me to devote a lot of time?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      Difficulty-wise, both are more or less similar. It is a matter of personal preference. Test out samples for both and choose the one that seems easier to you.

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    What minimum level is required to get a good job as a translator (not necessarily interpretation) but to take up translation, part-time, to start with. Also, which would be good to pursue this TCF/TEF or DALF/DELF?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      There is no specific level that makes someone a translator, as it depends on your expertise and experience. However, DALF C1 is preferred in most cases though you might get work based on DELF B2 also. TEF/TCF are not meant for a career in French.

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        I am looking to boost my CRS score. I understand that the TCF Canada exam has to be written for this. Will an A2 level be sufficient to appear for the TCF Canada exam in order to score some points?

        1. Vikash Gupta

          No. Anything less than B2 is not really worth it. You may get 1-4 points for A2 compared to 50+ for B2, but it does not make difference in most cases.

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        Hello sir, please guide me as I am not comfortable in a computer-based exam, and Chandigarh center has also changed and not accepting pen paper

        1. Vikash Gupta

          Yes, that’s true. You can check other centers, but I guess nearly all testing centers are moving towards e-TEF only.

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    Natraj Ramamoorthy

    Hi Vikash,
    Could you give us the dates when the TEF exam is to be conducted in India next year (2021)? I am unable to get this information through any of their official websites.


    1. Vikash Gupta

      The dates vary, and that’s why you have to contact your nearest Alliance Française center. Individual centers do update about the upcoming dates, but it is not the case all the time.

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    Hello Vikash
    As per the Latest SINP rules, I want to achieve CLB4 in TEF. How many months of study required counting 1.5 hours each day for CLB4?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      I’d say 4-6 months if you do intensive study. CLB4 isn’t an advanced level, so if you do regular practice with proper guidance, you can accomplish it without much trouble.

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    Due to Covid situation, things have turned upside down. I want to know about the TEF Canada exam dates 2020-21 and what will be the exam fees?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      Last time I checked, all TEF and TCF exams were canceled until further notice. Since dates and fees vary, thus, you can contact the nearest Alliance Français center authorized to conduct TEF Canada.

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        Hi Sir,
        With the new update by the Canadian immigration system, French-speaking Candidates are eligible for more points, right? So I just realized I can get 20 extra points if I manage to score a CLB 5 in TEF Canada. Could you please educate me on what level of French is equivalent to CLB 5 and how long will it approx take for a beginner to score it? Thanks in advance.

        1. Vikash Gupta

          Yes, as per the latest updates for express entry, Bilingual candidates will now get 50 points, compared to 30 from before. Last time when I checked, you need CLB7 to get additional points. So, not sure about CLB5. The CLB 5 is similar to DELF B1, and you can achieve the same in around 1 year, depending on your learning approach.

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        Hello Sir, is there any update regarding the TEF Canada tests anywhere in India? If yes, which city and date? Thank you.

        1. Vikash Gupta

          The test centers and dates change every year. Thus, it would be better to contact the nearest Alliance Française.

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    Hello Sir,
    I have applied for Canada immigration. My first language is English in which I have scored clb9, in order to further strengthen my score I want to try for nclc5. I have no previous experience in French, and I am a beginner, can I get nclc5 in 2-3 months with daily practice and training?

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    I would like to know if TCF (tout public) exam that includes Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening components is accepted for Canada Express Entry. Because some AF centers in India offer only TCF (tout public) and not TCF Canada.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      You need to take TEF or TCF Canada. Yes, there are limited number of test centers, and you have to choose one of the options. For Québec, TEFAQ and TCFQ are also accepted.

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    What is the minimum score we need to get in TEF to increase the CRS score for Canada immigration? Also how many points will increase? Is there a center in Pune / Mumbai for the TEF exam?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      You need CLB7 to get additional points. Earlier, Pune was the TEF test center. You can contact the Alliance Française de Pune for the latest update.

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    Hello Vikash Sir,
    I am a beginner in French (no prior experience), and my motive to learn French is immigration to Canada. I have broadly two questions:-
    1. Is there any difference between TEF and TEF Canada! (w.r.t. Exam Pattern, Curriculum, Level of difficulties, acceptance by CIC authorities)
    2. Can I achieve B2 level in the next 7-8 months, given the facts that I can give the next 7-8 months (6-8hr per day) in preparation?

    Thanks in advance you are doing great work here. I really appreciate your efforts.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      1) Not much difference, but take TEF Canada if your only aim is immigration to Canada. 2) Difficult. Also, you need CLB 7 to get extra points, and for that, it will take anywhere between 18 to 30 months. Find an experienced teacher or a good French institute to help you succeed at a fast pace.

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        Hello Sir, I am planning to apply for Canada migration and will start the process soon. To get additional points, I am thinking of learning French. Could you please advise which level of certification I need and where I can do it In Pune or online? Please also advise how much time does it take and the approx cost.

        1. Vikash Gupta

          In Pune, you can try Alliance Française or any other private institutes. The cost varies depending on where you’re studying. You need an Upper-intermediate or advanced level (CLB7 in TEF or TCF) to get extra points. Usually, it takes 2 years.

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    Dear Sir,
    I have grade A at Higher School Certificate level Cambridge, a subsidiary level French, and scored a B at School Certificate level. I am willing to take the TEF Canada exams. I would like to know if its equivalent to DELF B2 as I intend to give tuition to young learners in Punjab for a short time and also to pursue my demarches for Canada. For IELTS, I scored 6.5 bands. Thank you for advising me.

    Thank you.
    Chitra Devi

    1. Vikash Gupta

      I don’t know whether the Higher School Certificate level Cambridge is equivalent to DELF B2 or not. Why don’t you check out some sample papers for A2, B1, and B2? It is available on the official DELF/DALF website.

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    Is French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream (of ON PNP) is the best option? Is there any minimum CRS points (apart from getting CLB7 in TEF Canada and CLB 5 in IELTS) to be eligible for this stream. Suppose I cleared TEF with CLB7 and IELTS with CLB7 and my CRS is say somewhere around 450, can I expect the FSSW stream will be of help?


    1. Vikash Gupta

      I haven’t really looked into it yet. It would be better for you to contact any Canada Immigration consultant.

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    I am already DELF B1 certified with 75% and currently doing a B2 course. If I take TEF Canada is there a possibility that I can get CLB7 with some efforts (even though I am B1)?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      Difficult to say as it depends on your abilities. You can gauge your level by taking some sample papers. Most people appear for TEF/TCF exam after obtaining B2/C1.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      No. In addition to TEF, TCF, DELF, and DALF, TCF-Québec and TEFaQ are also accepted. The last two exams are only valid for Quebec. You can find all the information on the official website — LINK

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    I am preparing for the A2 level and want to appear next month. Will it fetch me 4 points for Canada PR purpose. IELTS is my primary language. please advise.

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    Hi Vikash,
    That was a great informative blog you have shared. Thank you so much for the same. I am planning to give my TEF Canada. I am hoping that I will be able to get CLB 7/8 within this year. I will reach out to you if I need any assistance. Great Stuff!

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    Dear Vikash,

    I have applied for Canadian PR. I have scored overall 8 in IELTS, and my score is 467. However, I need a few more points as current draws were all above 470. Kindly guide how much minimum level do I need to score in TEF/TCF if I choose French as a Second language in the express entry.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      It depends. You can score anything between 0 to 54. An intermediate level French learners can earn between 0 to 4 points. To get more than 4 points, you need CLB7.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      No B1 is B1 as per CEFR. TEF/TCF is a single multilevel test, and you get an equivalent level between A1 to C2, depending on the score you earn. You can gain 15 to 30 bonus points only if you get CLB 7 in French, which is equivalent to B2. If one gets a similar score (B1) that you mentioned above, it will add ZERO additional points. The range of 15 to 30 depends on the English test.

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      I have studied up to B1 level and passed DELF A2 but have been out of touch for some months now. Now I wish to restart and clear TEF CLB6 or 7. How long will it take to do so?

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    I belong to a far off village in Punjab. I can’t join any Institute as I’m already doing a job here. Is it possible to learn French from online resources like Duolingo and others? If yes, then which one is the best resource to score CLB 7.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      Yes, but these online resources are not enough to get a score of CLB7. Duolingo is more like A1. CLB7 requires B2. I’m trying a few options, and it will take some time to come out with some results and recommendations. I am planning to write about Online resources for French and other languages in March or April.

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    Dear Vikash,
    At the outset, I would like to say special thanks to you for providing such useful, clear, and concise information about the various tests. My question is very specific regarding the marking system. Reading 50 questions and Listening to 60 questions. How many correct answers should I get in both the modules to score CLB 7 in the TEF Canada test? Also, I would really appreciate it if you could comment on something on Written and Oral test modules. How tough/ easy they are?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      It is already mentioned in this article through the chart of the test equivalency section. For CLB7, 207-232/300 (Reading), and 249-279/360 (Listening)

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    Sheetal Ramkrishnani

    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. Vikash Gupta

      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 eastern regions, it may or may not be beneficial. Remember, getting a PR and a high-paying job are two totally different things.

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      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.

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          Hello sir,
          I just have very basic French knowledge. I need to get CLB 5. Is it possible in 6 months? I can give 5 hours per day.

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      Hi Sheetal, How much time did it take for you to clear DELF B2? I am planning to join classes for the same. The institute told me that for Canada PR, its okay to study till A2 level, but in the above article, it is clearly mentioned that you need B2. Can you please help and share your experience.

      1. Vikash Gupta

        I’m not sure if you will get a reply from her. To get bonus points for Canada express entry, you need French proficiency equivalent to the DELF B2. You can earn 30 additional points if you have CLB 7 in French and CLB 5 or higher in English (in all four sections), and 15 extra points if you have CLB 7 in French and CLB 4 or lower in English, or not taking English test at all.

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    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?

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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        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?

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        Is there any institute which can help in the written and speaking French. I have all the knowledge of the language required, I just require assistance in this.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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        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?

        1. Vikash Gupta

          Both exams are more or less the same. You can pick whatever suits you, or consult any reputed consultancy agency.

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        In DELF/DALF, How much level should we complete so that we are ready for TEF/TCF to clear with good points to apply for PR to Canada?

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      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. Vikash Gupta

        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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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        “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. Vikash Gupta

          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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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!

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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    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?

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

    1. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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    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?

    1. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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      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?

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    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


    1. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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    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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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        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. Vikash Gupta

          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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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.

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    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. Vikash Gupta

      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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