October 18, 2019
There can be several reasons why you may have to take language proficiency tests. The reasons could range from university admissions to immigrating to another country. In this blog, we will discuss the two French language proficiency tests and the main differences between them.
You can take either the Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) or the Test d'Evaluation du Français (TEF Canada).
Both TCF Canada and TEF Canada are international assessments of proficiency in the French language. The Citizenship and Immigration Canada accept both the tests for permanent residency and citizenship applications.
TCF Canada is a test of general French, recognized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for permanent residency applications.
If you wish to apply for immigration to Quebec, you will need to take the "TCF for Quebec" (TCFQ) to demonstrate your knowledge of the French language.
The TEF Canada is also recognized as official proof of language proficiency by the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés Culturelles du Québec (MICC) for permanent residency applications, certificat de sélection du Québec applications and Canadian citizenship applications.
The TEF Canada is available in two versions: computer-based (reading and listening modules) and paper-based (reading, listening and writing modules).
TCF Canada consists of 4 modules to test proficiency in oral and written skills:
Registration Fees for TCF Canada at ATS is $385.
You must take the following tests for a Canadian immigration application:
You must take the following examinations for a Canadian citizenship application:
TEF is for candidates wishing to assess their level of proficiency in French for immigration applications to Canada or Quebec, or Canadian citizenship applications.
Both are more or less equal in terms of the duration and format. Attempt sample papers for both the tests and find out the one that appeals to you.
Both the tests are conducted by accredited test centres and organized throughout the year. For instance, if you wish to take the TCF Canada test in British Columbia, you can contact Ashton Testing Services (ATS) to learn more about the upcoming test session dates, the registration procedure, the exact location of the test centre and the associated fees.
The TCF results will be sent to the testing center where you took your exam within 4-8 weeks after the test. Your test centre will contact you when the results are ready to be picked up.
Your TEF results will be sent to the testing centre within 15 business days from the date of receipt of the session materials, and the centre will then send the results to each candidate. May take 4-6 weeks to reach you.
Note that you will only be issued one original copy of your certificate. It is therefore ideal to keep an extra certified copy of your certificate.
Both TCF and TEF results are valid for a period of two years.
Good luck with your exams.