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Have you thought about immigrating to France or Canada? Would you like to obtain French nationality? In this page, I am going to tell you about the TEF exam.

 

Obtaining the TEF exam will allow you to change your life and having the opportunity of realizing your projects. This is why you need to know which are the modalities of the TEF exam.

 

 

 

THE DIFFERENT TEFs

 

TEF France


 

If you wish to live in France, you can take the TEF Residence test to obtain a residence permit or the TEF Naturalization test to obtain French nationality.

 

TEF residence

 

Let’s start with the TEF Residence. You must have at least level A2 to validate it. For nationality, you must have at least a B1 level.

 

Resident TEF

 

It includes 4 mandatory tests:

  • Reading: 30 min – 13 questions – MCQ on computer
  • Listening: 10 min – 17 questions – MCQ on computer
  • Writing: 20 min – Write a text – on computer
  • Speaking: 10 min – oral communication – face to face with an examiner

 

TEF Naturalization

 

The naturalization TEF is composed of 4 mandatory tests:

  • Reading: (CE) 45 min – 35 questions
  • Listening: (CO) 25 min – 35 questions
  • Writing: (EE) 30 min – 1 subject
  • Speaking: (EO) 10 min – subject

 

TEF CANADA


 

If you want to immigrate to Canada and obtain Canadian citizenship, you will need to take the TEF Canada. You can also take the TEF Quebec to immigrate to Quebec. You will need a minimum level of B1 but the more you have the better for you.

 

TEF Canada

 

TEF CANADA

 

As part of the application to immigrate to Canada, you must pass the following 4 tests:

  • Listening: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Reading: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Writing: 60 min – 2 subjects
  • Speaking: 15 min – 2 subjects

 


 

TEF QUÉBEC

 

The TEF Québec (TEFAQ) is composed by 4 modular tests:

  • Listening: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Reading: 60 min – 50 questions
  • Writing: 60 min – 2 subjects
  • Speaking: 15 min – 2 subjects

 

 

As a part of the application to get Canadian nationality, you must pass the following 2 tests:

 

  • Listening: 40 min – 60 questions
  • Speaking: 15 min – 2 subjects

 

How does the exam work?

 

You will come in a little before the scheduled time to take the exam. The person in charge will verify your credentials and identity. Then you will sit down to begin the test on a computer.

 

How does the exam work?

 

Reading

 

This test will involve reading everyday documents and answering questions.

 

For each question, there are four answer options, but only one is correct. A correct answer gives you one point. If your answer is wrong or if you don’t answer, you get no points.

 

You will be able to navigate freely within the questionnaire. Be careful though because your time is counted. Remember to check the remaining time with the stopwatch.

 

Listening

 

You will hear audio documents from everyday life and answer questions.

 

For each question, there is a choice between 2, 4, or 5 answers but only one answer is correct.

 

You will have to answer as you go along because it will not be possible to go back.

 

Writing

 

 

 

Instructions: Write the continuation of an article (80 words minimum)

 

In this activity, you must propose, in a coherent and relevant way, the continuation of a beginning of text by taking care to bring details, explanations, and new information not found in the statement. The objective of this activity is to convey information.

 

Instructions: For this test, you will be asked to express and justify your point of view (about 200 words) based on a short statement.

 

The objective of this activity is to present a point of view. Based on the statement, you will have to write a text to explain why you agree or disagree, giving arguments and examples.

 

You can 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.

 

Speaking

 

 

Section A TEF Canada

 

During each test, you will have to participate in a role-play on a given subject. You will have to read a short document (an advertisement, a classified ad in a newspaper, a job offer, or a leisure offer) from everyday life and exchange it with the examiner.

 

 

Instructions: Obtain information (5 minutes)

 

Your objective is to obtain as much information as possible about an advertisement or an activity that is proposed to you! You will have to ask your interviewer questions or rephrase his or her answers to obtain more information.

 

Instructions: Argue to convince (10 minutes)

 

Your objective is to present an activity to your interlocutor and find arguments to persuade him/ her to participate! You will have to give your opinion and illustrate your words with examples.

 

END OF EXAMS AND RESULTS

 

The exam is over after the 4 tests. Then you will have to wait 4 to 6 weeks before receiving the results with your official certificate by email from the CCI.

 

Each certificate is detailed and personalized (with your photo and signature).

 

For each test, it specifies:

 

  • the number of marks obtained,
  • the level reached,
  • a description of your actual competencies in general French

 

The results are valid for two years. You may retake the test as many times as you wish, with a 30-day delay between each exam.

 

How can I Prepare for TEF?

 

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My network of experienced teachers offers you a customized one or two-month program with personalized TEF coaching.

 

HOW I CAN Prepare for tef?

 

  1. One-month program 239€: online access to the Written Comprehension, Oral Comprehension, Written Expression training* + 4 personalized coaching sessions (one-on-one) where you practice the Oral Expression and where your teacher answers all the questions you might have about the exam.
  2. One-month program 439€: online access to the Written Comprehension, Oral Comprehension, Written Expression training* + 8 personalized coaching sessions (one-on-one) where you practice Oral Expression and where your teacher answers any questions you may have about the exam.

 

If you are an exam center, we can offer your candidates small group programs to maintain the expected level of quality.

 

When can I register for the TEF?

 

Up to one week before the session starts, but often there are no more places available at that time. Depending on where you take it, you will need to plan ahead to have a choice of dates.

 

How do I register for the TEF?


 

All you have to do is contact an approved center. Your identity papers must be to prove your identity when you register. Here is the list of centers.

 

https://www.lefrancaisdesaffaires.fr/trouver-un-centre-agree/

 

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