Interested? We will contact you.





 

French Tests

 

Applicants often have to provide results of an approved French language test if they wish to claim points for French language proficiency.

There are several approved language tests that determine an applicant's level of French language ability.

The following are the only French language tests accepted for Quebec immigration purposes:

 

 

Test d’Evaluation du Français (TEF)

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. 


What does the TEF consist of?

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

Test d'Evaluation du Français adapté pour le Québec (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.


TEF/TEFaQ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Do I need to take the TEF/TEFaQ?
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. 


2. Which modules are required for Quebec immigration?
Applicants must take the Oral comprehension and Oral expression (Listening and Speaking) sections. The writing and reading modules are not required. 


3. How much does the TEF/TEFaQ cost?
Testing costs depend on the location where the test is being given. Contact the examination centre for specific prices. 


4. How long does the test take?
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. 


5. How long does it take to get my results?
The results are generally sent within 2 to 4 weeks of receipt of the examination papers. 


6. If I’m not satisfied with my results, can I take the test again?
You can take the exam as many times as necessary, however you must leave a gap of 3 months between the examination sessions. 


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

 

Test de Connaissance du Français (TCF)

The TCF, Test de connaissance 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. Applicants are graded at one of six levels, from A1 to C2. This test can be used for Quebec immigration purposes.


What does the TCF exam consists of?

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


Test de connaissance du français pour le Québec (TCFQ)

The TCFQ, Test de Connaissance du Français pour le Québec, is an examination specially designed for people who want to immigrate to Quebec. While the TCFQ is more targeted to Quebec immigration, applicants may instead choose to take the TCF or any other French language test approved by the Quebec government.


TCF/TCFQ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Do I need to take the TCF/TCFQ?
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 TCF/TCFQ or another approved French language test. 


2. Which modules are required for Quebec immigration?
Applicants must take the Listening and Speaking modules (Spoken expression and Listening comprehension). The writing and reading modules are not required. 


3. How much does the TCF/TCFQ cost?
Testing costs depend on the location where the test is being given. Contact the examination centre for specific prices. 


4. How long does the test take?
If you are taking the TCF, the compulsory examinations last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. The optional examinations last approximately 2 hours. If you are taking the TCFQ, the examination lasts approximately 45 minutes. 


5. How long does it take to get my results?
The results are sent within 3 weeks of receipt of the examination papers. 


6. If I’m not satisfied with my results, how soon after can I take the test again?
You can take the exam as many times as necessary, however you must leave a gap of 60 days between the examination sessions. 


7. How long are the test results valid for?
The TCF/TCFQ results are valid for 2 years from the date which you took the test. 
 


Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF/DALF)

The DELF (Diplôme d'études en langue française) and the DALF (Diplôme approfondi de langue française) are French language examinations that consist of six diplomas. These diplomas are awarded by the French Ministry of Education and certify a candidate’s level of French proficiency.

What is the difference between the DELF and DALF?

The DELF examinations are taken at four individual levels: A1 and A2 (Beginner), B1 and B2 (Intermediate). The DALF examinations are taken at two individual levels C1 and C2 (Advanced). Each examination is independent, meaning a candidate can register for the examination at whichever level they choose. Each examination evaluates French language abilities in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, although only the Listening and Speaking modules are required for Quebec immigration.

What does the DELF/DALF exam consist of?

Listening ability

A1 - Listen to recordings and answer questions about everyday life. (20 minutes total)
A2 - Listen to recordings and answer questions about everyday life. (25 minutes total)
B1 - Listen to recordings and answer questions about everyday life. (25 minutes total)
B2 - Listen to recordings and answer questions on various topics. (30 minutes total)
C1 - Listen to recordings and answer questions on various topics. (40 minutes total)

Speaking ability

A1-Three part test consisting of a guided conversation, exchanging information, and role-play. (5 to 7 minutes of conversation)

A2 - Three part test consisting of a guided conversation, exchanging information, and role-play. (6 to 8 minutes of conversation)

B1 - Three part test consisting of a guided conversation, interactive exercise, and expressing an opinion on a document. (15 minutes of conversation)

B2 - Stating and defending an opinion based on a short document. (20 minutes of conversation)

C1-A presentation based on a series of written documents followed by a discussion with the examiner. (30 minutes of conversation)

Listening/Speaking abilities


C2 - Consists of three parts:

(90 minutes total)


DELF/DALF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Do I need to take the DELF/DALF?
All applicants are required to take a French language test when submitting an application for permanent residency if they are claiming points for language proficiency. Applicants may take the DELF/DALF or another approved French language test.


2. How many points are required to pass the level?
DELF - An applicant must score at least 50 points out of 100 pass the level.
DALF C1 - A minimum of 50 points, in addition to at least 5 points per part is required to pass the level.
DALF C2 - A minimum of 50 points, in addition to at least 10 points per part, is required to pass the level. 


3. How much does the DELF/DALF cost?
Testing costs depend on the location where the test is being given. Contact the examination centre for specific prices.


4. How long does the test take?
Depending on the level of the test you are taking, it can take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to 4 hours.


5. How long does it take to get my results?
In general, it takes 2 to 3 months to receive the results of the DELF/DALF from the date in which you took the examination.


6. If I’m not satisfied with my results, can I take the test again?
You can take the examination as many times you want. However, you cannot take the examinations for a diploma that you already hold, unless you revoke the existing diploma in writing before taking the new examination. If you do not pass the diploma on the second attempt, the first diploma will still remain invalid.


7. How long are the test results valid for?
The DELF/DALF test results are valid for life; however, for Quebec immigration purposes, the exams will only be valid for 2 years from the date in which you took the exam.

Subscribe to Newsletter
You are welcome to subscribe to the CJI and investment immigration news updates.


Program brochure for French Tests
Get Download Link