TCF - Test de connaissance du français

The TCF is the French language test awarded by the French Ministry of Education:

  • TCF assesses a person’s level of French language for general purposes. It is intended for people who are not native French speakers and who, for professional, personal or academic reasons, wish to have their competency in French assessed and certified simply, reliably and quickly.
  • The TCF is a standard graded test designed by the CIEP, a language tester and member of ALTE, based on an extremely rigorous method that makes it a valid means of assessing language skills.
  • All candidates receive a certificate of results that grades them at one of six levels (from A1 to C2) on the competency scale defined by the Council of Europe (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This means that it is not possible to fail the TCF.
  • Since December 2002, the TCF has been certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2000 standard
  • There is an electronic version of the TCF that candidates can use to take the test on a computer.
TCF for the general public


TCF for future students and students
TCF for Quebec


(hardcopy or electronic version)

This TCF test is intended for anybody who wants to have their French language skills assessed for personal or professional reasons.


- First and second year undergraduate students and Architecture students: the TCF is compulsory for future students as part of the DAP (Demande d’Admission Préalable, or preliminary admission application) for admission on first and second year university degree courses and for Architecture students.

- Final year undergraduates and postgraduate students, and students at the French Grandes Ecoles: the TCF is systematically required by higher education institutes for any student that wishes to apply for final year undergraduate study or postgraduate study (Final year of Degree course, first and second year of Masters programmes and PhD students) at any higher education institute and the French Grandes Ecoles.

Since 16 October 2006, the Quebec Ministry of Immigration (MICC) has required people submitting applications to immigrate to Quebec to provide proof of their level of competency in French by taking the "TCF pour le Québec", or TCF test for Quebec.

This test can only be taken by people who submit an immigration application at a Quebec immigration office or at Délégations Générales du Québec, Quebec government offices abroad.