TEF Naturalisation for the French nationality
Are you planning to immigrate to France or Canada? Would you like to obtain French nationality?
As an examiner for the TEF, I would like to share with you some information about this official test. Obtaining it will allow you to change your life and realize your projects. This is why you should know what the TEF test is all about.
If you wish to live in France you will need to pass the TEF Residence Test for obtaining the Resident Card or the TEF Naturalisation for the French nationality.
If you want to immigrate to Canada then you can take the TEF Quebec or the TEF Canada.
Let’s start with the residence TEF first. You must have at least a level of A2 to validate it. For the nationality, it will be necessary to have at least a level of B1.
It consists of 4 obligatory tests and the total duration of the exam is 1 hour and 10 minutes. All the events take place on the same day.
- Reading comprehension: 30 min – 13 questions – Computer quiz
- Listening comprehension: 10 min – 17 questions – Computer quiz
- Writing: 20 min – Writing a text – on computer
- Speaking: 10 min – Oral communication – face to face with an examiner
The TEFAQ, or TEF Quebec, is the exam to immigrate to Quebec. The tests are simpler than for the TEF Canada and a little longer than for the TEF residence.
You will need a minimum level of B1 but the more you have is better for you.
- Reading comprehension: 60 min – 50 questions – Computer quiz
- Listening comprehension: 40 min – 60 questions – Computer quiz
- Writing: 60 min – 2 subjects to be covered. – on computer
- Speaking: 15 min – 2 topics to be covered in oral communication – face to face with an examiner
How does the exam go?
You have to come a little before the scheduled time to take the exam. The person in charge will verify your identification and your identity. Then you will settle down to start the test on a computer.
– Reading comprehension
You will be able to navigate freely within the questionnaire. However, be careful because your time is counted. Remember to check the remaining time using the stopwatch.
– Listening comprehension
You will have to answer questions as you go along with the exam because there is no possibility of going back to the exam.
– Written expression
In this exam, you will write directly on the computer. If you are not used to French computer keyboards, we advise you to practice before the exam so that you don’t lose time on the day of the exam.
– Oral Expression
An examiner will take this test one-on-one or with two examiners. The examiner will give you the topic and read the instructions with you. Then you will begin to be evaluated. This evaluation is recorded for your file.
– End of tests and results
The exam is completed after the 4 tests. Then you will have to wait about 3 weeks before receiving the results with your official certificate by email from the CCI.
How can I prepare for TEF?
My network of experienced teachers offers you a one or two-month customized program with personalized TEF coaching.
1 – month program 239€: online access to the Reading, Listening, Written Expression training* + 4 personalized coaching sessions (one-on-one) where you practice your Listening training and where your teacher answers any questions you may have about the exam.
2 – month program 439€: online access to the Reading, Listening, Written Expression training* + 8 personalized coaching sessions (one-on-one) where you practice your Listening training and where your teacher answers any questions you may have about the exam.
If you are an examination center, we can offer your candidates programs for small groups, to maintain the expected level of quality.
When can I register for TEF?
You can register up to a week before the start of the session, but often there is no more room at this time. Depending on where you are going, you will need to make arrangements a little in advance to have a choice of date.
How do I register for TEF?
All you have to do is contact an authorized center. Your identity papers must be to prove your identity when you register. Here is the list.
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